Fireplace Kindle Make Fire Start Fire RadiYour ability to start a fire without a match has a high value. As an example, think about this. Imagine your bug out bag and fire starting materials out your reach. They’re miles away. To make things even more stressful, you can’t get to them at the moment you need them most.
This could be the moment once your knowledge and abilities take on life saving value. If by some chance, you are able to start a fire with no equipment, then guess what? The knowledge in your head has just become more valuable than your gear.
So wouldn’t it make sense to know as many fire making choices as possible? What I’ve done in this guide is listing fourteen ways to begin a survival fire with no matches. I’m not saying you have to pull these all off at the exact same time. But, it is possible that only one of these methods may be ideal for your emergency situation.
To assist you make better sense of these, there are 5 classes or fundamental practices.
Fire Craft Type 1: Friction Based
Friction based fire making is the oldest of all the techniques. Problem is that it’s also the hardest to master. You’ve got to have the right technique and the right wood. Preferred woods include aspen, willow, cottonwood and juniper.
So here’s how it works. There’s a spindle which sits on a flame board. The spinning of the spindle creates particles that generate heat. As soon as they reached 800 degrees, a coal starts to shine and form. OK, that is it. And here are the three methods of friction based fire making.
The hand drill method is the same as the Bow & Drill except there is no bow. This technique takes sheer determination. With this and the Fire Plough, when smoke appears, start looking for the glowing ember.
Fire Plough
This is composed of 2 parts. The foundation and the stick. The base has a station inside that the rod goes back and forth in. You simply push hard and keep pushing back and forth until you see smoke.
Bow & Drill
The most famous of the “friction” methods. This is the one we think about the most. Here is how it works. Build the bow with timber that is about the size of your thumb. You have to have some curve and play in it.
2. Get some string or a shoelace. Tie to each end of the bow.
3. Get a thicker piece of wood for the”spindle”. Place a rounded tip on one end and a point on the opposite end.
4. Make a”spindle block”. Split an indentation on one side to hold the spindle.
5. Make an ember block. Cut notches in it to let embers fall through. Make a”tinder bundle”.
Fire Craft Type 2: Strike Method
The”strike” method is even older than the friction system. Flint and steel go way back. Even cavemen had pieces of flint laying around.
Flint and Steel
This is older than the friction system. Neanderthal caves have been discovered with flints laying near fire pits. The fantastic part of this, is that it doesn’t matter if your ignition creating tools get wet. The downside? It takes a while. But, if you have some char cloth in your kit, it might go faster than you’d expect. Even though the method is simple, there are a couple of twists to the theme.
Here’s how it works. Place your tinder in front of you. Start striking the steel against the flint to the tinder. Keep striking until your tinder catches a spark.
Rock and Screwdriver In this case, you want to find quartz as your stone. The steel gets replaced with a flathead screwdriver. And again, when you have some char cloth in your kit to catch the sparks, you’ll be golden.
Fire Craft Type 3: Stress Based
Of all of the methods which exist, this is the strangest. Well, perhaps not the weirdest, but definitely interesting. I’m not sure I’d love to lug around a rock and screwdriver around in my bug out bag, but a fire piston? Yeah.
It’s significant because the components are foolproof. The operation is simple. All you need is your tube, the piston and some char fabric. Press the piston quickly into the tube, and then watch for the char cloth to demonstrate an ember.
Fire Craft Form 4: Lens Methods Remember taking a magnifying glass and lighting a leaf on fire in the sun? Same idea. The only distinction is the lens. In all these 5 methods, the lens is different.
Also, if you are using paper as kindling, try to get paper that has dark colors or black printing on the paper. Black captures heat faster. So this will only help your fire starting attempts, and make things go a bit quicker.
Another tip for you. You need the sun for them to work. No sun? No lens based fire beginning. Sorry.
Magnifying Glass
A 2″ magnifying glass reduces the sun’s rays to 1/32 of an inch ring. That’s a reduction of 60x.
Just aim the lens at the sun and observe the focal point behind the lens. Place your tinder in the focal point and watch for smoke.
Balloon Method
This one is a take-off of the lens process. Balloons will need to be white or clear. Fill with water, and position as you would the magnifying glass. You’re looking for the suns focal point.
That is one that you’d never imagine, but it works. The key here is to add a little something to the kindling to kick start it. Also, something like black powder, wet fire tinder or fatwood should do the trick on the kindling side of things.
Another twist on this is to form your own ice lens. Once it is frozen, you have got a lens shaped thing.
Here is one strange method if you ask me. The idea is to earn the bottom of a coke can so shiny, that it will reflect the sun’s rays onto the tinder. The secret is to shine up the coke can with chocolate.
Just a little disclaimer before moving forward with this one. Do not eat the chocolate after burnishing the coke can alloy. You might get a mouth full of metal.
Another twist on the lens process. Here, the important thing is to fill the jar with water that is as clear as you can get it. The bottle needs to have a rounded edge near the top. This is where the lens effect will occur.
Fire Craft Type 5: Electronic Type When you mix fires and power, somebody’s going to get hurt. Please be careful with these methods. And don’t start plugging things into the outlets.
The notion here is about connecting the terminals on the 9volt battery. If you do it with steel wool, the steel wool will catch fire. The secret is to have kindling and tinder on hand ready to catch those initial sparks from the steel wool.
Just make certain you have a few batteries on hand, because once they are out of power, you have nothing left. Additionally, when you pack them together, make sure the battery is wrapped or packaged. You don’t need it to inadvertently rub up against the steel wool and start a fire in your survival kit. You’ll need salt, toothpaste, toothpicks, some wire and a knife or spoon.
What’s happening here is this. The potato with a couple of ingredients will act as a battery. So here’s how you create the”battery”. On one half, cut out an indentation about the thickness of a spoon. Put a mixture of salt and tooth paste in the indentation and blend it up.
With the toothpicks, punch holes at the other half of the potato and insert the wires through the holes. Put both the halves together and”fasten” with the tooth picks.
Put cotton or light tinder on one of those wires. At the end of 5 minutes, tough another wire to the first one… and watch out!
Pencil Fire Starter
Once I was jump starting a car and suddenly the cables got sexy. That’s because there was a short in the wires. This is a spin on that scenario. All you do is take a pencil and connect it to both leads on a car battery. Watch out, as it will start flaming pretty quickly.
Be sure to have glasses on, and don’t leave the pencil burning close to the battery for extended. Get it out of there quickly, because you don’t want the battery catching fire.
Final Thoughts and the Next Step
Well, there we have it. All 14 methods for starting a fire without a match. Some are easier than others. Some need loads of patience.
However, with all of these, there is a common thread. The kindling/tinder. If you have char fabric or char rope available, your ability to capture the very little ember will be greatly increased.
Check it out and give these a try! And if you find any other interesting ways to start a fire, let me know!

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