About this project
If you've been camping, hiking or just enjoy incorporating a little science into your pyrotechnics, you probably already know how to start a campfire with batteries and steel wool. The 'Sparky' Fire Starter, takes that concept and puts it in a slick, rugged, easy to use and carry, fire starter!
'Sparky' can start a fire in windy or even damp conditions! No more fumbling with Ferro Rods or Matches!
If you want an alternative way to tinder a fire, then add 'Sparky' to your kit. Available in Copper, Aluminum or Carbon Fiber body.
'Sparky' features a twist cap, clip, knurled grips, O-Rings, to resist dirt and moisture and is available with a tough lightweight Aluminum body or a beautiful Copper body. The clip is secured with a 18-8 Stainless Steel screw.
'Sparky' features a solid Copper conductor tip, for optimal conductivity. Next to silver, Copper, is the most conductive metal!
- The Aluminum body 'Sparky' weighs in at about 3.1 ounces, with battery and the overall length is about 6.5" long. 'Sparky's' Diameter is .625".
- The Copper body 'Sparky' weighs in at about 6.0 ounces, with battery and the overall length is about 6.5" long. 'Sparky's' Diameter is .625"
'Sparky' is safe to touch and vented. Just replace the cap when not in use.
The 'Cache-Stash' is perfect for carrying pills, cash or an emergency stash of steel wool tinder!
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The 'Cache-Stash' is 4.5" long with a .625" O.D. and a .45" I.D. and is machined from thick wall 6061 tube with knurled end caps! The 'Cache-Stash' has O-Ring seals to resist dirt and moisture!
'Sparky' uses two (2) AAA batteries to ignite steel wool. The 'Sparky' produces about 3.0-3.5 volts. This voltage is more than enough to ignite steel wool or a foil gum wrapper!
How Can 'Sparky' Ignite Steel?
Touching the positive and negative "terminals" on the 'Sparky' to steel wool sends a current through the wool, and it heats up the fine "wires" because of resistance. The heated temperature causes the iron to react with the oxygen (O2) in the air and creates iron oxide (FeO2).
This reaction releases heat, heating up the next bit of iron and so on, causing a cascading reaction through the steel wool.
The science of this is pretty cool. You’re basically creating a new substance—iron oxide—from iron and oxygen. After the reaction, the remaining steel wool is actually heavier than the original steel wool. Who would think that burning something would make it weigh more?
What Do I Get?
You get the 'Sparky'(s) and a bundle(s) of Steel Wool. Just add your 'AAA' batteries and get the sparks flying!
Where is 'Sparky' Made!
'Sparky' is made in Minneapolis, MN.
Risks and challenges
I have successfully delivered several other projects, including the Tactical Marker pen, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/179537728/tactical-marker-pen
The 'Sparky' will be made in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which eliminates the issue of dealing with out of state machine shops and shipping logistics.
Production costs and allowances have already been established.
My machinists experience and successful delivery of other Kickstarter projects, gives me great insight to production considerations, e.g. how to design the 'Sparky' and time effective production and delivery.
The material used for the 'Sparky' have good availability and are not subject to extreme pricing spikes or shortages.
If I need to ramp up production speed or in the unlikely event I get hit by a bus, I have another local machine shop that will assist.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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