Exotac size question

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  1. jeeter

    jeeter Member

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    I've been wondering: why is the fire rod made with a 5/16" steel, instead of the 3/8" size that seems more common?

    Just curious.
     
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    I can't speak for Exotac, but I can relate my experience. Ferro rod manufacturers often sell rods by weight, with the price per kilo remaining the same regardless of individual rod size. With 5/16 in., you get a lot more rods per kilo than you would with 3/8 in. diameter. That means lower cost for Exotac, and they can then pass that savings on to the customer.

    Example from a recent quote:
    25 kg of 3/8 in. x 4 in. rods: 525 pcs
    25 kg of 5/16 in. x 4 in. rods: 750 pcs

    The price is the same either way, so the slightly thinner diameter is the standout winner.
     

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