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- n. A pyrophoric alloy of iron and cerium that is used to make the flints for cigarette lighters
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- n. a pyrophoric alloy of iron with cerium; used for lighter flints
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I think the best firestart for the money is the six inch long 1/2 inch diameter ferrocerium rod.
The alloy ferrocerium is used to a small extent in iron and steel.
I also dig that the entire system is completely self contained-the ferrocerium rod and steel striker just unscrew from either end of the handle.
And that if using flint and steel (not to be confused with ferrocerium igniters) to start a fire it is extremely beneficial to use charcloth.
So if you're on a tight budget, I'd start out with the necessities like dried or canned goods, garden seeds, matches and ferrocerium fire starters, and other items where the benefits greatly outweigh the cost, like first aid supplies.
They make a cool collapsible ferrocerium fire-starter too.