7 Methods to Starting Fires

It’s winter time (well not for Australia… ).  It is the time for us all to cozy up to a roaring fire in the fireplace with a cup of hot tea and a good book.

Matches and lighters are convenient ways to start fires, but not as rewarding as other methods.  As with anything, you appreciate something more when you work hard for it!  Trying some of the more difficult methods, will give you an incomprehensible sense of accomplishment and teach you the lesson, “What One Man Can Do… Another Can Do”!

These are the 7 methods to starting a great fire.

1. Friction Methodsfire-by-friction

Okay, I’m not going to sugar-coat this… starting a fire using friction is difficult and time-consuming.  But, by rubbing two sticks together, you create an ember that can be placed into tinder, and nursed into a beautiful flame. The type of wood you use and the amount of patience you have determines your level of success.  There are several different friction fire-starting techniques which use a spinning stick on a stationary stick, creating hot wood dust, which builds up until it forms a small glowing ember.

  • Hand Drill

  • Bow Drill

  • Pump Fire Drill

  • Fire Saw

  • Fire Plow

2. Electrical Methodshttps://i1.wp.com/survivaltek.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/steelwoolbattlrg.jpg

Electrical fire starting is easy-peasy!  But, you must have the right materials.

  • Lightening Rod

  • Battery & Steel Wool

3. Chemical Methods

Concentrating sunlight to create heat for ignition is one of the easiest ways to start a fire, but it also has limitations.https://i1.wp.com/www.chem.wisc.edu/deptfiles/genchem/demonstrations/Movies/glycerinsm.gif

  • Gun Powder

  • Safety Matches

  • Flares

  • Potassium Permanganate & Glycerin

4. Sunlight Methods

Concentrating sunlight to create heat for ignition is one of the easiest ways to start a fire, but it also has limitations. These methods work on sunny days, so they are useless at night, in fog, rain, snow, or overcast conditions. All sunlight-based methods work better when the sun is hot and intense and not as well if sunlight is https://st.offgridweb.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/005-fire-starting-methods-water-bottle-method.jpg?resize=780%3A%2A&output-format=jpeg&output-quality=75weak.

  • Len

  • Ice

  • Water in a Bottle

  • Mirror

5. Spark Methods

Creating a spark, which is then captured in tinder and nursed into a flame is an old fire-starting technique that has a number of modern variations, but all require specific materials to be successful.https://i2.wp.com/www.flint-and-steel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/fire-starter-steel.jpg

  • Flint & Steel

  • Flint, Steel & Magnesium

  • Blast Match

  • Zippo

  • Matches

6. Compression Methods

Compression of air when the piston is quickly rammed into the cylinder causes the interiorhttps://i0.wp.com/i.ebayimg.com/images/g/oO0AAOSw5ZBWIETI/s-l300.jpg temperature to rise sharply to 500oF or over. This hot air ignites a tiny piece of tinder, placed at the very location the air is being forced.  

  • Fire Piston

  • Slam Rod

7. Flame Preservation Methods

After all of that hard work, preserve your flames using these techniques!

  • Pile Coals and Cover with Ashes

  • Fill a Dutch Oven with Coals

  • Coal Can

  • Slow Match

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