Category: How To Make Fire

How To Start Fire With A Soda Can

As a survivalist you can never know too many ways to start a fire. Soda cans are everywhere (sadly) and you are in fact somewhat likely to find one if you are wondering, lost and lonely in the forest…

You will need a sunny day for this. The first step is to polish the bottom of the can. Mud, clay, baking soda or toothpaste will do as your abrasive.

This technique works in a similar way to a magnifying glass. The base of a can is a concave shape that will reflect and focus the sun’s light towards a point in the center. Your tinder should be held at the point where the sun’s rays are most tightly focused. In the video demonstration it only took a few seconds to generate enough heat to set a flame!

Here are a few of our other fire starting tutorials: πŸ™‚

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5 Ways To Start A Fire Using Water

How To Make A Fire By Rubbing Sticks

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4 Super Useful Survival Fire Starting Tricks

4 Super Useful Survival Fire Starting Tricksimage – SensiblePrepper

Starting a fire is one of the most important survival skills that you can learn. Here are 4 cool and useful fire starting tricks:

1. Make Your Own Waterproof Matches (these burn for a long time)

Candle wax
Toilet paper (choose a thicker / more absorbent toilet paper)
Alcohol burning stove
Tin foil

a. Cut the toilet paper about the size of the match stick.
b. Put the tea candle on the alcohol burning stove and let the candle melt.
c. Wrap up tightly the toilet paper around the base of the match.
d. Take the match and dip it into the melted tea candle.
e. After dipping, place it on the tin foil. Let it cool off.
f. Then strike it on the match box to light up.

2. Use Hand Sanitizer As Fuel

a. Take a little bit of hand sanitizer.
b. Light up a match and strike it on the sanitizer.
c. Wait until it starts a flame. The flame will be almost invisible but the hand sanitizer can be used as a fuel.

3. Make Tinder With A Pencil Sharpener

Take a small, dry stick and sharpen it as if it were a pencil. This will give you little pieces of tinder that are perfect for starting a fire. A great item for your survival kit that takes up hardly any space.

4. Pack Some Stormproof Matches: These Will Light Even Underwater

Stormproof matches
Cup of water

a. Take the stormproof match and light it up.
b. Dip the match on the water. Notice that the match is burning under water. And when you take the match out of the water, the match starts fire right back up. You can pick these amazing matches up for under $10 on Amazon (could be a lifesaver!) Stormproof matches in waterproof case.

How To Make A Self Feeding Fire That Burns For 14+ Hours

How To Make A Self Feeding Fire That Burns For 14+ Hoursimage Β©

Keeping a fire burning throughout the night can be tedious work. For those of you who have tried, you know the lack of sleep it causes. There are a few theories and favorites for keeping your fire burning longer such as piling your wood smallest to largest, also known as a reverse fire, and splitting a long log in half before building a fire in between the split logs, also known as a horizontal log fire.

Which brings us to this amazing old-school technique. If you are a camping or survival enthusiast, this trick is going to change your world. It takes a bit of prep (and also requires straight logs), but you get a payoff because when you get it right it should be “set and forget”.

Location is Key: You’ll first want to find a location that is suitable for a fire. Be sure to steer clear of any area that may be too close to dead or dry trees and/or shrubs. Ideally, this fire should be built in a dirt circle. If the surrounding greenery is green enough, it can be done on grass.

Building Your Ramp: The most important part is the first step, building a ramp to place your logs on.

β€’ Find four large sticks or fallen branches (the latter is best). These will be your ramp.
β€’ Find four sticks or branches large enough to support the previous four.
β€’ Now you’ll need to perfect your angle. There are a few tips for this
β€’ The logs will need to be extremely straight when placed on the ramp, so be sure to make ramp legs as even as possible.
β€’ Be sure to factor in gravity and rising heat. You don’t want your top logs to burn with your bottom logs. This is meant to be a self-feeding fire.
β€’ Place a few logs on to test your angle before burning.

Add Logs: Now that your ramp is complete, it’s time to add the logs.

β€’ Place small sticks between the two bottom logs to keep an opening to place tinder later.
β€’ You will want to place heavier logs towards the bottom. You do not want too much weight at the top. Again, gravity is a factor here.
β€’ Be sure to leave spaces in the bottom logs that allow sufficient air flow. This will allow your fire to burn hot and slow. If not done properly it can lead to the edges not burning as fast which will keep upper logs from properly moving down.
β€’ Be aware of air flow around other logs. You want to keep this to a minimum so the flame does not travel.

Light and Enjoy: Once you have your set up complete, add tinder and light. Completely fill bottom space with tinder. This fire should last 14 or more hours. It can even last in rain. A downpour may be different, but it has been shown to last in at least 1- 1/4 inch of rain.

Alterations: A final tip; if you are concerned about the logs rolling towards you, take one side out. You will then need to place large, heavy rocks in its place. They need to be dry if they are wet the heat could make them explode. Be sure to sleep on the side you took out so it is perpendicular to the fire. This will cause the log side to act as a wind barrier.

Note: Fires should not be left unattended unless they are in a location where there is absolutely no risk of an uncontrolled blaze or drifting spark hazard.

Ok, here’s the video: