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When it comes to basic survival tips, creating a fire is always top priority. That’s why I found it really amazing to read a list of 23 ways to make a fire. The link to the full list is after our commentary.
As I was going through the list, I noticed that most of the ideas used are based on two main principles: the lens and friction.
The lens methods basically use the rays of the sun to concentrate light on a particular surface, thereby increasing its temperature. This is by far one of the easiest ways to create a fire without using any matches. I loved doing this method when I was a kid. I once used a piece of broken glass – demonstrating easily why glass bottles can start a forest fire if carelessly dumped.
Another unique way to create a fire using lens principles is by using ice. I’m sure you won’t be able to use this method if you’re somewhere in the desert or in a forest, but you can of course, use this technique to create a fire in areas where it’s cold and icy.
And of course, who can forget the coke can and chocolate method? If you had not come across this one, I know your eyeballs are probably going out of their sockets right now but this DOES work if you set your mind to it. It also uses the principles of the lens method: All you have to do is to polish the bottom of the coke can using a piece of chocolate. Take a wet cloth and continue polishing until the bottom of the can becomes so shiny that you can even use it as a “parabolic enough to get the job done” mirror. Hold a small piece of tinder or char cloth at the best spot (where the beam of light is most concentrated), and then orient the can in an angle that will make the light more concentrated. This takes a bit of time of course, but you will see that it will soon start a spark which can be fanned to a flame.
The next principle of creating fire is by the use of friction. This is probably the hardest and most time consuming of all methods, but it’s very useful, especially during the night time.
If you’ve already collected a bunch of wood, always store it in a covered, dry place where rain cannot reach it. Birch is a good wood to use because it contains oil that repels moisture. Always keep lint and steel wool dry also.
Ok, here’s the link to the list of 23 awesome ways to make fire:
http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/ – 23 Ways To Make Fire!
Some of the techniques mentioned in the list are explained more in detail here: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/04/29/9-ways-to-start-a-fire-without-matches/
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