9 Fire-Making Methods You Need to Know

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One of the most talked about topics I’ve seen over the years is the origins of fires. While some go so far as to teach the nose drill method so that they can use it under any circumstances, others say that they will use a simple lighter to achieve the same result. It’s kind of funny when I see answers like that on the survival sites.

I’m not going to take sides here, I’d rather do something better and show you all the ways you can light a fire. So you can decide which one to put in your BVG or learn.

#1. Use of a lighter

It’s the easiest way to start a fire. The vast majority of people choose Zippo or Bika. Suffice to say, it’s good to have lighters with you everywhere: in your car, in your survival bag, in your pockets, in a bag on your bike – and so on!

#2. Use of matches

Matches are best after lighting a fire, but to make sure they work, they must be waterproof. If not, at least put them in waterproof jars. Some people like to have a fire starter kit, usually a small waterproof case.

#3. Using a Blastmatch

Blastmatch is a very cool device, the beauty of which is that you can only use it with one hand. Very handy for when you get hurt and can’t use both. Few drafters take into account the likely scenario of an injury.

Here is a video showing how to use it:

#4. Use of the iron bar

They work when you scratch a part of the stem with a sharp blow, creating sparks. In fact, the rod consists mainly of iron (as well as other metals) and contains only a small amount of magnesium. Not to be confused with magnesium firearms.

Here is a little Youtube video showing how to scrape and light ash with an iron stick:

#5. With the flint and steel method…

The material you use for the flint and steel method is completely different from the material you use for the iron rod method. It can be a little confusing, I know.

Steel can be anything, for example. B. a piece of steel with a high carbon content, while flint is an element to be found by tapping. Quartz ledges work and are easily found along rivers. Good video showing how to find a quartz containing stone and use it to make sparks:

#6. Use of the magnesium block

If you have a block of magnesium (like in Amazon, it’s really cheap), you can scrape it with the back of a knife for 15 to 20 seconds, then go along the block with the same knife and ignite the chips by friction.

A short video on how it works and additional explanations:

#7. With steel wool and 9V battery

This is much easier than using flint and steel, magnesium or iron rod. Sparks happen very quickly, but make sure you keep two separate sparks in your backpack to avoid disaster. To do this, just touch the steel wool to both ends of the battery and have a couple of caps ready.

Tip: Think of packers using 9V batteries. That way you don’t have to charge the battery to make a fire.

#8. Using the lens

The best lens to have in your backpack is a small magnifying glass. If it’s something you don’t want to pack (some preparers avoid these small items because every gram counts), you can use other things to achieve the same effect: a clear plastic bag filled with water, Fresnel lenses (they’re the size of a credit card), or even a block of ice.

What makes a lens is the focal point. Place it between the wind and the sun so that the rays are focused on one point. The smaller the dot, the more likely it is to burn out.

#9. Use of the onion drilling method

Wikipedia explains it better, but it’s basically a last resort to start a fire…. in case you don’t have a lighter, steel wool or sun to use a magnifying glass. Basically you need a small bow, a bearing block and a pin. You can watch a video demonstration here:

Concluding remarks

Okay, I didn’t tell you how to build a fire, but do you really need to know? I doubt you use potassium permanganate when you remove the beetle. If you adhere to 2, 3 or even 4 of these criteria, you are better prepared than anyone to start a fire.

And if you want to go even further, why not make a fire starter kit for your BOB? Keep everything related to lighting a fire (including the igniter) in the same MOLLE pouch. You have everything in one place, and if you need it, you can give it to someone else to carry it for you. If you receive a backpack with a MOLLE strap, you can attach it to a compatible backpack (using the same strap).

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