Add a Ferro Rod To Your Kit

The means to reliably start a fire is one of the key elements to any survival kit. A fire will keep you warm, cook your food, purify your water through boiling, and it is one hell of a morale boost if you’re finding yourself having to spend the night outdoors unexpectedly.

There are many tools available for lighting fires, of course. Matches and butane lighters both probably top the list for many of us. But, lighters can run out of fuel or leak and matches could get wet, rendering them almost worthless. Remember Ragnar Benson’s Rule of Threes — strive to have at least three different ways to accomplish a goal.

Ferro Rod

A ferro rod will send a stream of sparks into your tinder, lighting it immediately. It is small and weighs next to nothing, yet it will be priceless when lost in the field. It will work after being wet and you’ll be at it for decades before it will run out of “fuel.”

Sure, I carry matches and lighters in my various survival kits. But I also have several of these ferro rods as backups.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

2 thoughts on “Add a Ferro Rod To Your Kit”

  1. I keep a small ferro rod on my 2 car key chains. Used to be Scoutmanster and BSA makes them with a steel striker-weigh nothing and always in my pocket. Gerber Bear Grylls Survival knife has a built in ferro rod & whistle- perfect combo for the money!

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