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Any survivalist will tell you that you need to carry with you at least three different forms of fire starting tools and technologies, or you are just begging for trouble.
We all know it. Matches and lighters (definitely a requirement for any survival kit) have a nasty little habit of not lighting or running out of fuel when you need them most.
Therefore, I have written this article to provide you with 10 best alternative techniques to light your fire for heat and protection in almost any conditions using these:
- Swedish Firesteel
- Glass lens
- Hand drill
- Bottle of water or urine
- Fresnel lens
- Fire piston
- Aluminum foil
- Gum wrapper
- Steel Wool
Method #1 – Using Commercial Fire Starters
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The amazing thing about flint (or magnesium block) and steel or Swedish firesteel solutions is that they are amazingly simple and straightforward to use – and can create sparks in almost any weather condition.
It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with absolutely soaking wet kindling or tinder or bone dry twigs, leaves, and grasses – you will be able to get a roaring inferno going at the moment that you begin using these tools.
First of all, you want to invest in a flint and steel pack or a magnesium tool – and pack them in your survival kit and bug-out-bag (or keep them attach to your knife by a lanyard) so that you always have them on you.
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3 Simple Steps to Use These to Ignite Flames
- Preparation of tinder – Firstly, you should to “shave” the kindling as much as humanly possible, getting it to become absolutely tiny pieces so that they light up more quickly and efficiently.
- Shaving accelerator – Secondly, you need to “shave” the flint, the magnesium, or the Swedish fire steel directly into that tinder.
- Make sparks – Then and only then you should be getting to use the striking mechanism to create a spark that catches the entire thing on flames very easily and fast.
Method #2 – Using Magnifying Glass, Eye-Glass or Binocular Lenses
But let’s say (just for argument sake) that you ignored the advice above and decided not to invest in a high quality tool – and that you find yourself stranded in the woods with nothing more than your eyeglasses or a set of binoculars.
Don’t worry – the same kind of methodology that you used to burn ants when you were younger with a magnifying glass is going to allow you to build a roaring flames (over a longer period of time of course) that just might save your life.
How to Use Lens to Ignite Kindling
- Get it in hand – The first thing that you’re going to need to do is actually pop-out the lens itself (if you haven’t already).
- Focus beam – From there, it simply is a matter of catching the sunlight just right so that it focuses a directed beam of light precisely on your tinder pile or kindling – and you should have some smoke (and a real flames) inside of about a minute or so.
It is that simple!
4 Tips to Keep in Mind
I highly recommend you to read and remember following 4 points very well:
- Sunlight – Just understand that this method is only going to work if you are lighting a fire during a sunny day. Cloudy days, overcast days, or nighttime conditions are going to completely eliminate the possibility of you starting any flames with a magnifying glass, binocular or eyeglass lens.
- Cleanliness – Obviously, you’ll also need to make sure that the one you are using is as clean as humanly possible – and of the very best quality.
- Thickness – Thicker are better than thinner ones, but in a pinch you’re probably going to have to “make do” with whatever you have on hand.
- Experience & skill – The best way to get good at using a lens to begin a fire is to practice all the time. You should be doing absolutely everything in your power to get flames started in safe working conditions so that you can master the “muscle memory” you’ll need to use when you are in a survival situation.
Remember that it’s always worth putting in the time to practice before you really need to rely on your skills. This is nothing quite like being stranded in the woods with no idea about how to protect yourself – or even save your life – by creating a roaring balefire from just few available things.
Method #3 – Using Primitive Hand or Bow Drill
Amazingly, all of those cartoons and kids movies that we watched when we were younger were telling the truth when it comes to igniting a fire with a hand or bow drill. Yes, you can actually start a rip roaring flames with nothing more than the friction.
However, you need to have know-how (you know exactly what you’re doing), proper tool (you have created the right bow drill in the first place) and experience (you have the skill and patience) necessary to make these tools work for you in a pinch.
4 Things You Will Need
- Proper stick – The very first thing you’ll need to do is find a bow shaped stick that is about a foot or 15 inches long. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it needs to have a “kink” in the middle so that you will be able to string the surface of it effectively.
- String – The next thing that you are going to need to do is get yourself a string that is just slightly larger (longer) then the bow stick itself. The odds are fantastic that you’ll end up using a shoelace out of a boot or some other piece of fabric that you have on hand.
- Base – You need a “platform”, basically a piece of wood that you can drill back and forth to get the fire started. Use your knife to cut out a very small notch in the surface of this platform, allowing for a “base of operations” to catch and focus any embers that it provides.
- Drill – Last but not least, you will need a stick about eight or 10 inches long that will act as the actual “drill” – and then combine it with the bowstring.
Placing some kindling on top of the platform (directly underneath your stick), you’re going to want to begin working the drill back and forth until you begin to see some embers. You will see some smoke first and foremost, but it’s critical that you don’t stop repeating it until you begin to see real flames kick up.
Method #4 – Using Bottle of Water
Method #5 – Using Ice
Method #6 – Using Fresnel Lense
Method #7 – Using Fire Piston
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Method #8 – Using Aluminum Foil & Battery
Method #9 – Using Gum Wrapper & Battery
Here is more detailed article about this method – Use Gum Wrapper Plus Battery to Start Fire!
Method #10 – Using Battery & Steel Wool
2 Final Tips Worth Pointing Out
Last but not least, I want to give you 2 extra tips you should keep in mind:
- Have 2 options – Now that you will know how to use three of the most popular types of fire starting technologies, it’s critical that you have at least two or three of these different items in your pack at all times.
- Have dry fuel – Not only that, but you also want to bring a supply of weatherproof matches, a lighter that is rated to work in almost any condition, and a steady supply of fuel that you can keep dry as well.
Just remember that fire is the most essential part of survival alongside water, and you need to make sure that you can create one at a moment’s notice – regardless of the conditions.
My BONUS List of Useful Resources
- How to Start a Fire With Different Types of Kindling by Wikihow.com