Category: How To Make Fire

5 Ways To Start A Fire Using Water

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In a survival situation, fire is a necessity. Fire is needed to keep you warm, cook food, disinfect water, sterilize tools, ward off insects, keep you cheerful and many more. If you are stranded out in the wilderness, or deserted island without lighters or matches and not knowing how to produce fire from scratch then your chances of surviving goes significantly down.

The most commonly mentioned method of fire starting in the wilderness is rubbing two sticks together but that technique is not as easy as you may think. Good thing there is another method to start fire from scratch… and that is water. Who would have thought that using water to make fire is possible? But with the right procedure, you will find that it can be done. The video shows you five ways to start a fire using water and all of them have one common element; the water acts in a similar manner to a magnifying glass – focusing the sun’s rays to tinder. The others make use of various materials, many of which are very common. A key aspect of survival making use of resources that others do not have the knowledge and skill to utilize 😉

1. Water and light bulb. To do this you need one of the old-style incandescent bulbs. Don’t try it with a CFL. Cut a hole at the bulb’s metal base and remove the glass stem and the wires attached to it. Clean out any white residue inside the bulb and once it’s clear, fill it with water. Now the light bulb is converted to a magnifying glass!

2. Water and plastic “cling wrap”. Cut off a piece of transparent plastic wrap and put it in a cup or bowl, then fill it with water. Gather the edges of the plastic together and twist to close the top, tightening it up until it becomes a ball filled with water.

3. Water, Plastic Wrap and Picture Frame. Take an empty picture frame and cover it in plastic wrap. Make sure the sheet covers the whole frame and wraps around the edges to hold it tight. Rest the edges of the frame on something, on both sides, holding it perhaps a foot from the ground, although you may need to adjust the height. Then, pour water into the plastic wrap. The plastic wrap sink in the middle, forming a lens that can be used like a magnifying glass for the sun’s rays.

4. Water and Plastic Bottle. Take a clear plastic bottle and remove its label then fill it up with water. Now you understand why bottles carelessly discarded in a dry forest can be a serious fire hazard!

5. Sodium and Water. Well, most people are unlikely to have pure sodium laying around, unless you are a lab tech. So this is more of a “factoid” although the video does give a demonstration. When sodium and water are mixed together in the right conditions, they will burst into flame. Note that this has to be pure sodium and not sodium chloride.

Note of course that you should only attempt to light fire in a place where it is safe to do so. You should never light fire in dry wilderness areas with combustible brush, forests prone to forest fires or any other areas where fires are prohibited.

Ok, here’s the video tutorial:

How To Make Olive Oil Candles

How to Make Olive Oil Candles
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Olive oil candles are a fantastic way to make your own candles at home! 🙂 The link to the full tutorial follows after our comments.

Olive oil is well suited to making a candle or lamp as it burns slowly and as it has a high flashpoint, and the oil will not catch fire if it is knocked over – unlike a kerosene lamp. The idea has been used for thousands of years and was popular with the Ancient Romans!

There’s also the option of adding some essential oils of your choice to fragrance a room – these candles are great! You wouldn’t believe how good they smell! It’s possible to use any kind of cooking oil to make these but olive oil has very little scent so is the best choice.

There is growing concern over the use of paraffin in candles as it can be quite smokey and give off fumes similar to burning diesel. Alternatives that use plant waxes from soy or palm oil are available but often cost a lot more so this sounds like the ideal solution!

Related: How To Make Homemade Beeswax Candles

Making candles at home with paraffin wax can be dangerous – if the wick is too large, the melted wax can overheat and could catch fire over its whole surface (I experienced this once myself!). If this happens it’s crucial that you extinguish your candle by covering it with a damp cloth (as you would for an oil fire in the kitchen) and never to pick it up or throw water on it.

There’s an important tip to remember with olive oil candles that this article fails to mention – although they burn cleanly in normal use, if you blow them out they will produce an acrid smoke so it’s better to extinguish them either by putting the lid on your jar (to starve the flame of oxygen) or to douse the flame with a spoonful of the olive oil.

Canning jars (or pyrex jars) work best and are safer because they can withstand higher temperatures. The length of the wick is important too – if it is too long, the flame will be smokey, so adding more oil or trimming the wick will put this right – the ideal wick length is around an eighth of an inch (3mm).

Ok here’s the link to the full tutorial:

Further info
Now you’ve learned how to make a candle with olive oil, you’ll be amazed to find out what else can be used! Try this page for some interesting ideas that could be really handy in a power cut or survival situation:

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Top 7 Amazing DIY Emergency Firelighters

Top 7 Amazing DIY Emergency Firelighters
Top 7 Amazing DIY Emergency Firelighters
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If you’re planning to go camping, if you want to create an emergency survival kit, or even just to be prepared for winter in the countryside, a good supply of firestarters is one of the most important things to have. Fire is always a priority when it comes to survival – and without quality tinder materials it can take a lot of effort to start a fire.

This awesome video by Grant Thompson – “The King of Random” teaches you how to create a DIY Emergency Firestarter with the use of charcloth! It’s something that you should definitely keep in your emergency kits and “bug out bags”. It’s pretty cool – and it inspired me to share more options with you. Here are six further awesome ways to create your own firestarters:

1. Cotton Pads Dipped In Wax – Don’t throw out your melted wax candles! If you have many of those things lying around the house, you can dip your cotton pads in them. It’s highly recommended to use an old saucepan inside another pan of water (the “double boiler method”) and heat the chopped wax over low heat (don’t allow it to heat up for too long). Once its melted, turn off the heat and start dipping your cotton pads. Be very careful with hot wax – especially if it got overheated because it can get hotter than boiling water…

2. Waxed Old Cardboard Strips – Cut the old cardboard into 3″ pieces. Dip them in molten wax and allow them to cool.

3. Cottonballs and Vaseline – coat your cotton balls in vaseline. Keep them in a waterproof plastic bag.

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

4. Old Newspaper Trick – Tightly roll a sheet of newspaper. Bend this in half and then twist the ends together. You can tie the ends with twine.

5. Stuff old bathroom tissue tubes with dryer lint! These make great fire starters (which is why you are advised to clear out the fluff filter after each load!) and of course have the added benefit of being made from discarded materials, therefore free!

6. Collect old wine corks and put them in a glass jar with some rubbing alcohol. Store with the lid closed tightly, then when needed these make great firelighters.

Keep your firelighters in a damp-proof container so that when the need arises, you will be able to use them without trouble!

7. Charcloth. For this one, check out the video tutorial below! 🙂

Quick safety note – NEVER, ever pour flammable liquids such as gasoline onto a fire “to get it going”. It can ignite the container and this can be deadly!
Observe fire safety precautions with any naked flame and remember the golden rule of never leaving a fire (or even a candle) unattended.

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