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5 Ways to Start a Fire in a Survival Situation

5 Ways to Start a Fire in a Survival Situation

Before oil, coal and electricity were discovered fire was the primary means of obtaining warmth and light and also for cooking purposes. It was necessary to know how to start a fire by both adults and children. Today, having a fire isn’t a necessity so many do not know how to start a fire. So the question is do you know 5 ways to start a fire in a survival situation?

Most of us live our lives surrounded with work and family and the events that typically only take place in the city. Few of us anymore get out and away where life slows drastically down and live how life was meant to be lived. How many of us can live without the modern conveniences of today? In the event of an extended power outage or you were unable to reach safety and needed fire to dry your clothes or cook a rabbit you killed, could you build a decent fire?



5 Ways to Start a Fire in a Survival Situation


Your first thought is to use paper and matches; tinder and a spark, that’s all you need right? Sure, but do you seriously think you’ll have these things in the middle of nowhere or even stranded on the side of a seldom used back road? I hardly doubt it. For whatever reason you are in a situation in which a fire is necessary, you may be able to use one of the five following ways to start a much needed fire.

1. This first way is perhaps one probably most of us have seen a time or two and that is creating a fire from friction. This particular method is very primitive but it works. Simply stated, it is two pieces of wood being very quickly rubbed together until a spark occurs where the pieces of wood meet.

If your supplies are limited, which in the case of a survival situation they probably are, the supplies you do have access to will vary. Softer woods work the best; be sure that the wood is dry. You’ll also need to use a sharp tool to create a point on the piece of wood that is intended to be spun onto the other piece of wood.

To spin the “drill”, tie a piece of rope (or shoelace) onto both ends of a small branch to form a type of bow. In the middle of the rope/shoelace, wrap it around the “drill” once so that when you move the bow back and forth, it spins the “drill”. Now, while holding the “drill” vertically against the other piece of wood, move the bow back and forth. Continue this movement until a smoke begins. With a little patience, by blowing gently on an ember you should soon have a flame and thus a warm fire.

2. Ah yes, this method you may have tried in your younger years. Allowing the sun to stream through a magnifying glass and onto an object that can burn. If you don’t have a magnifying glass (try your eyeglasses), you could manipulate the sun’s rays to go through clear water in a plastic water bottle or a plastic bag and onto the material you intend to burn.

3. The third of the 5 ways to start a fire in a survival situation is a method that requires two small things that you probably already have at home. Scientifically proven, bridging the terminals on a battery with some very fine steel wool will create an instant spark. A 9 volt is the best choice for the battery. These two items are so simple to use and since they are small and lightweight, they would be a great option to keep (separated of course) in your Bug Out Bag.

4. The fourth option you could use to create a fire is by striking soft steel (like that on your pocket knife) with a quartz rock or ahow-to-start-a-fire-Pic harder flint to obtain a spark. The most important characteristic that the quartz or flint need is a sharp edge. This method takes a little more patience as your spark may not always land on your intended tinder.

5. This last of the 5 ways to start a fire in a survival situation is something you may not think of. If you have a lighter, light some pocket lint until you have a flame and then ignite the actual wood you will be burning. Did you know that you can light a potato chip on fire? Dead leaves, cotton balls (plain or even soaked in petroleum jelly) and even a higher alcohol content sanitizing handy wipe can help be used to help you start a fire with your lighter or whatever you are using to create a spark.

Always be sure that your fire will be built in an area that is free from other debris that may catch on fire and that the fire is never left unattended. Once the fire is no longer needed, be sure that the fire is completely out before leaving the area. I hope that the 5 ways to start a fire in a survival situation noted above has been helpful to you and that you may never to use any of them.

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