Starting a fire can save your life. In dire circumstances, it is life-saving to be prepared and act quickly. This step by step guide, on “How to Start a Fire using an Aluminum Can”, is designed to provide you with all the knowledge necessary should you ever encounter a circumstance that deems it necessary.
Aluminum is a highly flammable metal. Luckily, aluminum cans tend to always be handy and available, which can make the difference between a warm fire or a freezing night. As a portable receptacle for a wide variety of sodas, you can easily find a can near you in almost any environment. Should you be camping or traveling, it is very likely you have even packed a couple soda cans or that you can even find them in the bushes laying around.
Remember, starting a fire is hazardous and can result in injury or death. Please use this guide with responsibility and caution for survival or extreme situations.
The first step is to prepare for the fire. Once you spark lights, you want to provide the fire the opportunity to grow and be in a safe and secluded area. You can easily build your version of a “bird’s nest” by collecting tinder, some dry leaves and twigs. Make sure to only include dry leaves and twigs since once they are damp they will not catch fire.
Once you are ready to create the fire, get your aluminum can and polish the bottom of the can as best as possible to be able to obtain fire. Solutions such as clay, chocolate or toothpaste can prove helpful in this endeavor. Use either solution to strongly polish the bottom of your can as best as possible and clean it off with cloth or paper, it should look shiny and crisp. Once the bottom of the can is very well polished, position this portion of the can directly facing the sun. The interaction between the bottom of the can and the heat coming from the sun is the one that will generate the fire. Make sure to position the polished part of your can, so that it is receiving the greatest amount possible of exposure to the sun.
The next step will be to obtain your fire by angling your polished can directly to the tinder, leaves and twigs you have collected. The can will work similar to a magnifying glass amplifying the sun’s heat and creating fire. You can also gently blow on the tinder once you begin to see smoke for maximum results.
Remember, a fire easily spreads and can hardly be controlled. Check your surroundings before building a fire and choose your area wisely. This information: “How to Start a Fire using an Aluminum Can”, should only be use in survival situations. Knowledge is power, always be prepared and remain safe.