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23 Ways To Make Fire

23 Ways To Make Fire
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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.

Related: How To Make A Matchless Survival Fire Kit

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/

3 Surprising Ways To Start Fire With Your Flashlight

3 Surprising Ways To Start A Fire With Your Flashlight
3 Surprising Ways To Start Fire With Your Flashlight
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We found a great tutorial to add to your arsenal of fire starting techniques. And when someone asks “got a light” you can add another twist to the old joke! 😉 The link is after our commentary…

Here you’ll find some of the simplest fire-starting tips around. With a clear explanation and photo demonstration, check out how you can use your flashlight and a small piece of fine steel wool to light a fire.

Let’s face it, lighting a fire can be fun and gives a curious sense of accomplishment that must he hard-wired into our emotional circuitry from very ancient days. However the main reason it makes us feel good is surely that it provides light, warmth and security – and it could even mean the difference between life and death if we’re faced with a real survival situation.

There’s so much interest in bushcraft these days that it would be easy to get carried away with the wide choice of fine, and sometimes expensive, products that are on the market – but before you kit yourself out for an adventure, it’s worth having a look for some “real survival” alternatives that can do the same thing just as easily. Because in a sense, survival is about resourcefulness – and if you take the “kitchen sink” it somehow removes some of the test of self-reliance, doesn’t it?

Related: How To Start Fire With A Soda Can

Steel wool is easy to find in the stores and can be ignited in many different ways; it catches fire because the surface area is greatly increased in a large number of fine strands, greatly reducing the ignition temperature of the steel. Passing an electrical current through fine steel will cause it to heat up beyond the ignition temperature due to its resistance – the finer the strands, the more surface area and the greater the electrical resistance.

Carrying a small piece of steel wool and a small 6-volt or 9-volt battery around as part of your survival kit looks like a great option as it is very lightweight. It’s important to keep the steel wool dry (and away from the battery!) so it’s best kept in a small plastic bag or waterproof container.

Using the mirrored cup of the torch is a great idea. The same method is used to generate power in some solar generators by using the focussed beam of sunlight to heat water into steam to power a turbine, if you want to know more, please try this: http://solarcellcentral.com/csp_page.html

You can find more unusual fire-starting tips, including variations on the steel wool method, here: http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/index.html

The way I see it, the more methods for lighting a fire that we know, using whatever materials we might find around us, the better trained we will be to deal with a real survival situation. Enjoy!

Here’s the link to the full tutorial: https://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/2011/07/survival-skills-three-ways-start-fire-your-flashlight