Bayite Ferrocerium Rod Review
Ferrocerium rods, AKA "Ferro Rods" are a prmitive fire starting tool that allows you to scrape a hard metal object against to emit a shower of sparks. The ferro rod can be used in any type of condition and when used properly, start a fire to keep you warm, boil water, or cook your food.
Ferrocerium Rod Overview
Ferrocerium rods are a must-have item for any bushcraft or survivalist. They are very small, lightweight, and can be used in any type of environment. The ferro rod is used by scraping a hard steel object against it, which produces a shower of hot sparks. The sparks then ignite the small fiberous woody material that will start a larger fire to fit your needs. Ferro rods are waterproof and last much longer than lighters and most other fire starting tools. The only downside is they are very small and can be lost easily and will burn up if they fall in the fire.
Bayite Ferro Rod Features
Length of the rod: 6"(15.3cm). Diameter of the rod is approx 1/2"(12.7mm). 9ft Paracord included, gives you a good grip and never comes off. bayite new Striker-Pro striker included, always be prepared to start a fire
bayite 6 Striking Edges Striker-Pro striker is made from TOOL GRADE HSS STEEL and has a distinct hardness, maximizes a shower of hot sparks, no matter whether you prefer to use your left hand or right hand to scrape.
EXTRA LARGE. Super thick and large rod throws a MASSIVE shower of hot sparks to light fire instantly in any conditions. Windproof & weather resistant. Fits all weather
Provides up to 3000 degrees C spark in all weather, at any altitude. Durable, lasts for approximately 12,000 strikes. Perfect emergency fire starter for Bushcraft, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing, Camping, EDC, Emergency, BBQ, Gas Camp Stoves, etc
Ferrocerium Rod Pros
"This thing is a BEAST of a ferro rod!
When I first got it home, I scraped off the coating and struck it a couple of times in the living room.
I almost caught my carpet on fire!!!"
"Really throws out the sparks. Very pleased."
"I have the smaller versions and thought they would last me years, then I found these so versatile in so many situations just around the house that I wore them out in short order. I have already used this starter and it throws a heck of a spark shower and I should have a much longer longevity."
"I hadn't used a ferro rod before, but with a little pressure, these really throw some hot sparks and are super easy to use! Way easier than those magnesium fire starters that you have to scrape off a bunch into a pile to light."
"Before you gripe about this fire steel, make sure you use it correctly. Scrape off the black coating on the side you intend to spark on."
"I am no expert, but one thing I find helpful is to scrape hard and fast. You can actually hear the difference when you put some effort and speed into it. Really pour the sparks on to your fuel, then when they start to catch, stop scraping and gently blow to help the flame grow."
"Some cheap Ferro rods throw a weak spark (like Flint and Steel). These rods throw showers of hot sparks. The bigger size of the rod makes it easier to use in extreme cold weather (when your fingers loose dexterity. The striker is top notch. All 4 sides will work to throw sparks."
"I buy a bunch of stuff on Amazon and rarely write reviews, even when companies offer me perks. I had to write one for this ferro rod. It's OUTSTANDING! This sparks like mad. I was able to light stuff with this thing that would never light with other rods. My five year old daughter was using it and she could create sparks. Can't imagine ferro rods get better than this."
Ferrocerium Rod Cons
"The rods are fantastic, however the striker isn’t worth crap. I have a few of these and after the 2nd or 3rd use the tiny little metal stricker pulls out of the huge plastic holder."
"I like the size of the rod however the metal striker fell out of the holder the first day we used it. I would've liked something more stable."
"Seems to be a hard Ferro Rod when I strike it I didn't get many Sparks like the Mish metal ones I guess it's a good product if you don't mind to reduce Sparks."
"Uses a very hard Ferrocerium that requires significantly more force than other rods."
"The strike rod is exactly what it should be... the striker broke off after about 6 strikes.. still works with a knife."
"I thought the paracord would be a great addition, again nice idea but from my experience over the last few months the paracord is not go great it keeps unraveling, I tried everything, melted the ends even glued the paracord all to no avail so finally I just took the paracord off the ferro rod drilled a hole in a piece of oak dowel popped the ferro rod into that and now I have a good solid ferro rod that works."
Ferrocerium Rod Summary
Overall consensus that the rod is of great quality and will perform its job in any environment.
Most reviewers are happy with the size and compare how the 6" is a lot better than any of the smaller sizes.
Majority of reviewers are happy with the amount of sparks it emits and were able to start fires pretty easy.
At the time of this review there are 2,609 reviews. There are zero 1 star, zero 2 star, 1% 3 star, 10% 4 star, and the rest 5 star reviews, proving to be a good product.
Most of the negative reviews are about the steel piece that comes with the rod. Many complain that it falls out of its plastic holder. However, you can always use a knife as a substitute.
The other main negative reviews are that it didn't emit as many sparks as they thought. This can be solved by pressing harder and by using a harder piece of steel.