Each fire starter comes complete with a hardened steel blade and a leather thong. The edges of the blade can be renewed by honing or grinding on a sharpening stone.
(1) Fine, dry tinder: Hold the Montana Fire Stick with the flint side up, resting firmly on the wood/tinder. Press scraper firmly against the flint at a 45 degree angle, pushing the scraper down along the length of the flint. The flint alone is hot enough to light any fine dry material such as MOSS, DRY GRASS, WOOD SHAVINGS, PINE NEEDLES, FINE STEEL WOOL, CLOTH, PAPER, etc.
(2) More difficult tinder: First, you may wish to use the scraper to shave off a small amount of dry wood from a branch. Gather the shavings into a pile, ignite using the flint and the scraper as outlined above in # 1.
(3) Very difficult tinder – damp conditions: First, use scraper to shave off a small amount of magnesium, gather the shavings into a pile on your tinder, then ignite using the flint and scraper as outlined above in # 1.
The flint spark is twice as hot as a match.
The magnesium fuel shavings burn 8 times hotter than a match or more than twice the temperature needed to melt iron.
Once your fire has started / How to build and maintain a fire: Carefully prepare shavings and kindling. Build a teepee-like pile with a base of fine shavings, gradually increasing the size of the material, leaving plenty of air space. Stir material occasionally (or blow gently) to increase the air supply inside the fire pile. Remember – A small fire takes less material to keep going, and you can get close to it. As the small material burns briskly, add larger pieces until you have a comfortable fire. Keep gathering wood so that you will have a constant supply on hand. Remember lots of things burn well, dried dung, cones, grass, weeds, bark, moss, cloth, leather, grease, tires, old fence posts, asphalt or tar. Pitch is waterproof and burns very hot and lasts longer than an equal size chunk of wood. We cannot over emphasize the need for care in building a fire, especially in the case of hard to ignite kindling. Lack of air because material is piled too high is usually the trouble a novice has. If material is wet, scrape or cut tiny pieces off it, wipe off excess moisture. Then use the magnesium shavings to dry out the material. Repeat using the magnesium shavings several times if necessary. Blow lightly on the embers to keep them going until you have a full flame. And REMEMBER: WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED WITH YOUR FIRE – MAKE SURE IT IS DEAD OUT BEFORE LEAVING THE AREA !!