Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Aurora Fire Starter Giveaway from

Today we have a giveaway from the fantastic folks at  Among the most important things when you're in a survival situation is being able to keep warm and so a way to start fires is a must.  I personally like to have 3 or 4 ways because I'm fire challenged, but that's just me.  Magnesium/Steel firestarters have never been my favorite method--one reason for that is because the dumb little magnesium flakes don't stay where I shaved them long enough to catch a spark when there's a breeze blowing.  The less expensive versions also require you to use your knife to make the spark.  Well here's a little fire starter that looks very promising.  It's called the Aurora Fire Starter and the key is that the magnesium is built into the striker bar so it can't blow away and the sparks stay lit longer than they do with a standard striker type fire starter.  And is giving one of these fancy firestarters to one of my readers!

Here's the specs from's site:

This Magnesium Fire Starter (Patent Pending) is rugged and designed for the outdoors enthusiast. The Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter uses a large 1/4" diameter composite flint steel rod that has magnesium built into it. Has a guided built in striking blade (no need to dull your expensive hunting knife) that maximizes the sparks and insures the ignition of any suitable fire starting material/ tinder. This product is designed to function wet or dry and is made from corrosion resistant high strength materials (no plastic!). The Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter has an overall length of 3.5", weighs 1/10th of a pound, and can be attached to your key ring so it is always there when you need it. The Aurora Magnesium Fire Starter is made in the USA and is designed to last a life time.

"This is one of my favorite new items and I'm very excited to be able to sell it. I have been playing with my new magnesium fire starter quite a bit over the past few days, starting fires all over the place. What's great about it is that it has the hot burning magnesium and the flint in one piece. You don't have two different pieces that can separate like other magnesium fire starters and have the chance of losing one piece of your fire starting kit. Some people just prefer a flint bar and then scrape it and throw the sparks at some tinder. With this new magnesium fire starter, when you throw the sparks just like you would with a plain flint bar, the magnesium sparks stay lit for several seconds and makes it even easier to start a fire. Why wouldn't you want to make your flint fire starter even better? The magnesium and flint chunks throw out just like flint, but stay smoldering like little chunks of fire rather than shavings of magnesium that can blow away before you get your sparks onto it. Plus, you can strike it as many times as you like over and over again thereby throwing a continuous shower of super hot smoldering pieces of magnesium and flint at your fire bed. The larger chunks seem to stick where you throw them as well." — Tom Sciacca, President of

This magnesium fire starter is designed to function under the most extreme conditions and is made from corrosion resistant high strength materials, and, will be your faithful fire starter for many years.

So here's the instructions to sign up for this giveaway.  You are welcome to leave a comment on this post, but it won't count toward the giveaway. :)  To enter, you'll need to fill out the form.

For your first entry, put your name and email in the form.  This is required for entry in the giveaway.  If you don't want to put your real name in the name slot, I guess that's okay, put whatever you like to be called in that space.  Signing up for this giveaway will also sign you up for's monthly email newsletter that highlights their new products, sales, etc.  Really a useful bit of information, and it's only once a month.  You email won't go anywhere else.  Promise.

Additional entries are available for the following:

1. Become a follower of Adventures in Self Reliance (you know my posts are worth reading!)
2. Follow Adventures in Self Reliance in a feed reader (or by email feed subscription)
3. Share this giveaway via a post on your blog (make sure to link to the giveaway and leave the link to your post in the form)
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5. Share this giveaway by some other method like facebook or email your friends

The giveaway will end on Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:59 pm and the winner will be contacted for their shipping information.  If the winner does not respond within 3 days, we will choose another winner.  Good luck!

9 comments: said...

I'm having problems seeing the whole give away box. The right and bottom side seem to be cut off. Other than that, I love your site :)

Angela said...

Thanks for letting me know--the post auto-published and I didn't get to look at it until now. That was obnoxious, but I mucked around with it and the form should all be there now. :)

Patricia said...

I had to laugh because I started a fire yesterday melting wax to make firestarters lol

Le Loup said...

The 18th century method (and other periods) of flint, steel and tinderbox is a far better method. The more the wind blows, the faster it makes fire. This method has been in use since the stone age and is still being used. Not only is this method good, but in learning how to use it, one learns a lot more about fire lighting than you will learn via modern methods.
Regards, Le Loup.

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Dunappy said...

I think Its working now.

Anonymous said...

I signed up Angela. I never win anything but audits from the IRS though.:-(

Anonymous said...

That is a neat, and simple design for a fire starter.

Angela said...

Patricia-that is classic! Love it!

Le Loup-I've done flint/steel before also. Good to know how, but for sure not the fastest way to get a fire going--at least not for me! ;)

Hermit--Well, good luck to you. It would be better than an audit for sure!

CS--Yeah, whoever wins it will have to let me know how it does. It looks like a good system to me.

Le Loup said...

Actually when you know how to do it properly, flint and steel with tinderbox probably is the fastest way. It takes me about 2 minutes to make fire with a fire-bow, maybe a little under. Flint and steel is much faster, and like I said, it is the skills that you learn with it that really count.
Le Loup.