Whether you’ve lost your electricity, you’re camping, zombies are flooding the earth, or you just want a kick-ass bonfire, you need fire. Damn it, you don’t have igniter fluid, your matches got wet when took a shower with them (don’t ask) and wild animals are coming to eat your flesh because you have no fire to scare them away. What to do? What to do??
5 Ways to Make Fire
- Matches (waterproof is the best choice)
- Flint & Steel
- Steel Wool & a 9v Battery
- Lighter (Waterproof & Windproof is best)
- Magnifying Glass
Pick two of these to have on hand at all times and put them in your ‘Go Bag’ or your ‘Bug Out Bag’. You don’t have one? You need to make one. Fire is key to your survival. You need it to eat, for warmth, to sterilize water, for protection. Whether your need is big or small, whether we go into a full blown apocalypse (woop!) or there is a bad storm in your area and you’ve lost electricity for a long period ~ you need fire.
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How to Build the Actual Fire
How to use the other methods
- flint and steel: You can buy these at any camping store. What you do is hold the flint with the end of it inside of your nest and strike down with the steel, sending a spark into the nest and catching fire. Once there is a spark, blow softly to bring up the flame.
- steel wool and a 9v battery: Take a part of steel wool (brillo pad) from under your kitchen sink and a 9v battery. Touch the steel wool to the plug-in part of the battery (both sides) and the steel wool with start to catch fire. Place it in the nest to catch and blow gently to help the fire grow.
- magnifying glass: Use the magnifying glass to focus the sun into your nest until a fire begins. This may take a while, depending on how sunny it is that day. As with the other 2 methods, you will need to blow on the beginning coal to encourage the fire’s growth.
- Matches and lighters are self explanatory, but I will say that you should have a couple of different kinds of matches ~ think waterproof and the kind that will strike anywhere. As far as lighters go, you can have any kind, but waterproof and windproof would probably serve you best in most situations.
So, what about you, fellow survivors? Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make fire? What method do you prefer?