Knowing how to start a fire is very important if you want to be able to survive during an emergency situation. Best case scenario, you have brought yourself some fire starting kit or at least a lighter. However, this might not always be the case and so it’s important that you learn of some ways that you can start a fire with what you can find around. There are actually many ways that you can start a fire and you can learn all of them online, but in this article we will take a look at 5 of the most effective and easy to learn ones. Keep in mind that it is also important you build your fire correctly before lighting it up. Fire can be a life saver in desperate times as it will provide you with heat, means for cooking, light, protection, and much more.
- Use Your Cell phone Battery
You have already read and heard of many ways that you can start a fire using friction so we will just skip them and move on to the other effective ways. You might not believe this but you can actually start up a fire using your cell phone’s battery. All you have to do is get some wire wool and put it over your bundle of grass and branches, take out the battery, and start rubbing the battery on the wool. This method will not only help to start a fire quickly, but it will also not hurt your phone so it’s completely safe.
- Use battery and gum wrapper
Another way to try is using batteries and gum wrapper. The main thing to remember is to cut the wrapper small enough to be able to get heated up but it is still wide enough not to burn up or break down before you start the actual fire. In most cases it will take two batteries to accomplish it because one might not be powerful enough. Finally, don’t forget to have your tinder ready in advance because the wrapper won’t last long. Steel wool can be fired up using a couple of 9V batteries. If you don’t have batteries in you, you could also try your phone’s battery or even your car’s. It does not take much of an effort but it’s very effective.
- Combine chlorine and brake fluid
Other than electrical, there are also some chemical reactions that can help out a lot and you should learn more about them. One of the ways is to combine chlorine and brake fluid. If you manage to come across some chlorine powder, or tablets that you can pound into powder, you can mix it up with the brake fluid and start a fire. However, this works with chlorine used for pool treatment rather than laundry. Keep in mind that this reaction is exothermic so you should be careful not to get yourself burned. Make a big pile and stand back a bit. According to various theories you can start a fire using potassium permanganate and glycerine, although realistically there hasn’t been a method invented yet.
- Use the Sun
You can always use the Sun to your advantage. A magnifying glass is the most popular way of using the Sun to start a fire, however, there are other ways as well. You can try taking the Fresnel lens out of your TV and use it instead of a magnifying glass. This method is so good that you can even use it to cook or heat water. Finally, you could always get some small Fresnel lenses online and bring them with you. They are easy to carry and do not take up much space. Some of the other ways that you can start a fire including a soda can that has been polished on the bottom or a flashlight reflector.
- Use Water
Finally, you might be surprised to hear this but there are actually ways that you can start a fire using water. One such good example is to get a lighting bulb, clear all the wiring inside and then pour the water inside of it. Make sure that the water cleans it well and so when you remove the water you will be left with a makeshift magnifying glass.
These are just some good examples of the many ways that you can start a fire without the use of a lighter or fire starting equipment.