Some Basic information on how to operate and use the firesteel is as follows. In order to generate a decent amount of sparks to give you the best chance to light a successful fire you need to use the firesteel correctly. One of the best ways of making sure that you are doing things correctly is to look at one of the many videos already available on the web or the video shown below that will give you an idea on how to use this product.
Basically the firesteel comprises a ferrocromium rod with a handle at the top. The length and thickness of the firesteel rod varies depending on the type you buy but the principle remains the same. You will need to strike the rod with a scraping tool - either one that is provided as part for the firesteel tool or you can use the back of a knife. When you have got the technique right, one or two scrapes on the rod of the firesteel should produce a flurry of sparks, popping, bouncing and shooting away from you and into your tinder.
As firesteel is a fire starter tool, it is intended to be used by responsible adults only because hot sparks and fire can injure people and destroy properties. Using the product as a toy or in the wrong context (i.e. around flammable gasses) is irresponsible. Having said that it is an easy way to light a camping gas cooker!
The other thing which bears being said is that you should buy the best firesteel that your budget will allow. You really want a reliable firesteel, so be sure to do your research. There has been many inferior imitations (with short thin rods which break relatviely easily). Make sure you buy the best firesteel you can afford and you should be able to rely on it as a trusty firestarter for many years to come.
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