Hold the firestarter so that the tip is resting on the ground and the flint is on top. PRESS HARD WITH THUMB WHEN STRIKING. Tinder should be close to tip of the firestrater. The FLINT stone is hot enough to light any fine material such as moss, dry grass, pine needles, steel wool, cloth, paper, etc. The MAGNESIUM can be scraped into shavings, bunched together, and ignited with the flint to produce a white-hot starter fire of about 5,400 degrees.