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A Problem with Chinese Made Fire Starters

In the past, I have told you about the magnesium fire starters that are currently being sold by Harbor Freight.  They are normally priced at $2.99 and occasionally on sale for $1.99.  These starters are made in China.  Since they are mainly just magnesium, I have always figured that they would work fine.  In fact, I have used a couple without any problems in the past.

Recently, I have been told by a source that the new ones use very poor quality magnesium and do not work well.  I went down to Harbor Freight and purchased a new block.  I then took it outside and compared it to a US made Doan fire starter. …

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