10 Different and Cool Ways to Start a Fire
Let’s suppose, you are in the wild and it is getting dark. You have no lighter, matches, gasoline or any material that burns quickly. What will happen next?
When you are in the wild and you do not have the conventional means to start a fire then it can become a big problem for you. After all, fire is life and knowing different ways to start a fire in a disastrous situation is quite useful – it is a survival skill that everyone must know.
Now, without any delay, let’s get straight to the point: Different and cool ways to start a fire!
- Using Gum Paper and Battery
A small fire can be made by using a battery and a foil gum wrapper. Make sure that you cut the foil wrapper in a way that the middle part is ¼ as thick at both ends. Touch 1st end of foil with one side of the battery and the 2nd end of foil with another side of the battery. This means that the ¼ thick part of foil will be in the middle. As soon as both ends of foil are in contact with both sides of batteries, a flame will erupt that can be used to make fire.
- Using Flint and Steel
A ready-made flint and steel fire starter can be bought from an outdoor store. If you do have any of these items in the wild then try using a pocket knife and a solid rock. Striking flint and steel together will create a spark that sets the dried burning material ablaze.
- Using a Magnifying Glass
Gather up some leaves or dried grass. Use your magnifying glass or eyeglasses to direct the sun’s rays at the gathered grass and leaves. Do not move the magnifying glass much and soon a smoke will be followed by a fire.
- Using Battery and Steel Wool
If you are in the wild without steel wool then you’ve made a big mistake – it burns in all kind of climate conditions. Using a 9V battery (any brand) is a good option because you can touch it’s both terminals with the steel wool at the same time. It burns quickly so make sure that you do not try to inhale the smoke coming out of it.
- Using a Flashlight
After taking apart your flashlight and placing the tinder on the area from where the bulb goes out, you can direct the sun’s ray by using the reflective material in the flashlight. It is a method that can be used if you have the patience to wait for results.
- Using the Water bottle
If you have none of the aforementioned helping materials then it is highly unlikely that you’ll be traveling without a water bottle. Basically, it functions just like a magnifying glass method – all it requires is sunlight.
- Using Urine and a Plastic Bag
In case you are out of the water supplies, it is best to use this method. It is suggested to not fill the bottle with urine because you won’t be able to fill the whole bottle with it. The best approach is to fill a plastic bag with your urine and use it just like the magnifying glass method. It will work if you do it right, guaranteed!
- Using a Chunk of Ice
Yes, you’ve read it right. Fire can be started by using a chunk of ice. Gather some dried tinder and hold the ice above it in a manner that the sunlight is directed at it. There are chances that it will take a bit, but there is no need to worry because it works just fine.
- Using a Soda Can and Chocolate
Rub chocolate or toothpaste on the bottom of the aluminum can. Simply polish it with a cloth or paper towel until it is shiny and clean. You can use the shiny surface to reflect the beam of sunlight at your dried tinder. It won’t take long for the tinder to catch fire.
- Using an Empty Lighter
In the wild, do not even throw things that may seem useless. You can use an empty lighter to start a fire. Take a sheet of paper and start grinding the wheels of lighter against it (make sure that you are doing it slowly). A smoke will start coming out of the paper sheet. Use dried tinder on it to start a fire.
There is no denying that these abovementioned methods may seem a bit odd, but they are all effective and fully applicable. Just keep in mind that you do not go out in the wild without any preparation. It is best to practice these methods in your backyard so that you can apply any them in time of need. Have fun and let us know which one is the coolest.