To start with, I don’t know very much about magnesium or other fire-starters, so my review here might be moot for those more experienced.
There are a few main advantages to becoming skilled at using magnesium starters. First, piezo igniters, often used in gas canister stoves, is basically a crystal that is charged electrically and they begin to fail (work intermittently) at around 10k feet and hardly work at all at around 13k feet, whick means jet lighters won’t work either. Neither will regular flinter lighters like cheap bics. As they are pressurized and don’t work well in cold weather or high altitudes. Continue reading