Fire Starting Methods… Without Matches


Matches and lighters are great for starting fires, but despite being small and easy to carry, we don’t always have them. So what do you do if you need a fire but have no way to light it?

View the following video and you’ll be surprised at how many different ways there are to light a fire.

Chances are you already know the “rubbing sticks together” method. However, there are several other ways you can start a fire, no matches or lighters needed. The first method is a relatively easy one, but not everyone knows about it: batteries, especially car batteries.

You can take a pair of jumper cables and connect them to your battery after making a pile of tinder. Take the ends that aren’t connected to the battery and strike them together over the kindling. You’ll see sparks as long as your car’s battery isn’t dead, and these sparks will eventually light the tinder, allowing you to create a fire.

Mirrors have more use than just making sure we look good; in fact, mirrors are great for starting fires. The mirror method allows you to harness the power of the sun and concentrate it on an area. Use it to focus light on your pile of kindling. Eventually, it’ll heat enough to create fire.

If you don’t have a mirror, you can polish the bottom of an aluminum can using toothpaste or chocolate. Don’t repurpose the chocolate or use the toothpaste after you’ve polished the bottom of the can with it. The process could transfer toxins into them.

Fire is necessary for survival, whether it be for warmth, cooking or both. Fire can also provide you with the ability to call for help. Of course, you’re going to want to know how to cook over an open fire; you can even make bread on it.

You should practice these methods and fine-tune them so you’re ready if you ever need to use them. Remember to keep safety the top priority, as some of these methods can be dangerous.

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