The benefits of creating fire in a survival situation cannot be underestimated. Whether it’s cooking, warmth or story telling, fire is life. Even in a camp setting a simple fire is more addictive than watching TV.
Here’s a few different ways to get a fire going and 1 popular fire creating myth debunked!
1. Going old school
Without a doubt the most common way to start fire is by using matches or a lighter. You can get waterproof and windproof matches, I even found one type of match that will burn underwater that’s just crazy cool. Lighters of course can start thousands of fires and are a generally easy to come by. A light is a core component of any survival kit.
2. Going cave man style
If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have anything other than bush i’m afraid you’re going to have to go Cave Man style. This means creating friction by rubbing sticks together. There are heaps of methods for this and no doubt if you’ve ever tried it, you know it’s a total PIA. Avoid this it’s really the last resort.
3. What if it’s wet, what if i’m wet?
This is where a bit of thought and equipment can save the day. Wet things don’t tend to burn well so you’ll need to hunt around your landscape for something dry. Your environment will ultimately drive your success here, however you can help things a long a bit with the right equipment. Things like fire lighters, and “wet fire” which is a type of special tinder can sustain a flame when wet, this could be enough to get stubborn tinder to burn. Once you have a small fire you can immediately start drying wood.
4. Being resourceful
In an urban survival situation a number a things like car batteries and pieces of glass can all be utilised to make fire.
5. Fire lighters
Survival kits come with either a magnesium or ferrocerium fire starters. Both of these type of fire starters are 100% waterproof, will light thousands of fires, and burns a lot hotter than matches. Both have the to give off a large number of hot sparks at temperatures at 3,000 °F. These are a must have for any survival backpack.
Fire Myth – The Ice Lens Method
Some people say you can start a fire with ice. The scientific theory is that ice can be shaped to focus the sun into a point much like a magnifying glass. This is not a practical solution. Technically it might be possible however in any environment let alone a cold one all you end up doing is wasting time and energy. Go ahead a have a shot yourself!
Who worte this?
Justin is a Survival Enthusiast who loves camping, the outdoors, gadgets and being prepared. Justin runs AllSurvivalThings.com a site that site that covers popular survival topics like emergency food storage and survival backpacks.