This post and giveaway are sponsored by Bigfoot Bushcraft. All opinions are my own.
Bigfoot Bushcraft sent me over their Ferro rod and a pack of their Bigfoot Bushcraft fire plugs to test out and they are also sponsoring this month’s giveaway! You can enter to win your own set of fire plugs with a Ferro rod below!
Wow, that is a lot of plugs! They look similar to the homemade fire starters I create with used Scentsy wax and cotton balls, just much nicer and easier to pack up. Ferro rod seems heavy, well made, and not some piece of Chinese crap. Can’t wait to go try these out.
Made In Colorado
5 Minutes of Burn Time
10+ year shelf life
Easy to pack
1/2″ diameter magnesium rod
Multifunction Striking Tool – The striking tool can be used as a bottle opener, ruler, and hex wrench.
What I liked
First, let me just say that I am taking some fire plugs with me on my upcoming hike on the Appalachian Trail! They are so compact and lightweight, plus they burn even when raining which is a major plus when you are backpacking in an area that likes to rain a lot!
Compact & Lightweight – The fire plugs are really compact and super lightweight thanks to being made out of cotton that is coated in wax.
Long Burn Time – My test showed burning a full plug (not broken to expose the cotton) burned for 5:30 minutes. Broken plugs burned at 4:30 minutes.
Made in America – Out of all my favorite things about these fire plugs, my favorite is that they are made right here in America!
Waterproof – The full fire plug is waterproof which is a major plus. Obviously, if you expose the cotton inside to water it will absorb the water and therefore not light or sizzle out pretty quickly. This is to be expected due to simple science. I mention this because in my research I noticed that some people complained it was not waterproof after exposing the cotton to water. You cannot soak cotton in water and expect it to light. If you are in an area where it is raining and need to use it to light a fire, light the entire plug with a lighter or shelter the cotton while you use the Ferro Rod.
Durable – This thing is large and durable. Great any time of the year, but especially if it’s cold outside and you have gloves on. You can tell immediately it is really well constructed, and I expect that it will last for years to come.
Wood Handle – The wood handle makes holding onto it while striking so much easier.
Multi-Use Striker – I love that the striker serves multiple purposes; striker, bottle opener, hex wrench, and ruler.
What to Improve
The Bigfoot Bushcraft fire plugs are on point and honestly, I feel it is the perfect fire starter whether you are a backpacker, car camper, or for your bug-out bag. While I appreciate the size of the Ferro Rod and since I always look to mention at least one improvement, I would like to see a smaller, lightweight version offered as well for those that may want to carry one while backpacking where every ounce counts.
You can’t go wrong with these fire plugs or Ferro rod. The fire plugs work great at starting a fire both when dry and in the rain. They are compact and lightweight making them ideal to carry while backpacking (or for any outdoor adventure for that matter).