Fire Starting & Building
Never assume that fire-building conditions will be ideal and a match or lighter will be readily available in an emergency. Here are some other options for starting a fire with some fire-building tips included:
WOOD CUTTING SAFETY:
- Protect eyes, hands and feet, tie back long hair, remove loose-fitting jewelry, wear long sleeve shirt (tight cuffs) and long pants.
- Learn how to properly use any tools or equipment (ax, hatchet, maul, wedge, chain saw or wood splitter) before use.
- Keep fingers away from any tool in motion.
- Keep children and pets away from the work area.
- Have a second person to assist to increase safety, decrease injury and call for help if someone is injured.
- Have others stand back when tools are in use to reduce potential injury from flying shards of wood or metal.
- Never operate any machinery when you've been using alcohol or if you're feeling ill or very tired.
A Way to Cut Firewood that may be Easier on the back
In a camping or survival mode, tools may not be available to cut wood for a fire and resorting to "breaking" it may be necessary. Unnecessary risk is not a good idea. A sprained ankle or gash in the hand can severely hamper the ability to effect survival. As good as a fire is, getting injured in the process of gathering firewood is not worth it. Knowing how to break wood without injury is knowledge worth having.
Building a Fire
Building a Stealth (Dakota Fire Hole) Fire
Building a Smokeless Fire
Self Feeding Fire - 14+ Hour Fire
Fire starting with 9v battery and steel wool
Starting a fire with AA battery and (foil) gum wrapper
Using a Magnesium/Flint Fire-starter (video)
Magnesium can burn nearly anything (article)
Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks Together
How to make a friction fire using the Bow Drill method
How to make a friction fire using the Hand Drill method
How to Start a Fire with a Fire Plow
How to Start a Fire with a Magnifying Glass
How to Start a Fire with a Water Bottle
How to Start a Fire with a Soda Can (reflector)
Wet Weather Fire-Making
How to Start a Fire with Char Cloth
Other Fire-starting methods
Multiple Fire-making Methods and Information
Chemical Fire Starting using:
- Potassium Permanganate and Glycerin
- Potassium Chloride, Sugar and Sulfuric Acid
- Acetone, and Sulfuric Acid and Potassium Permanganate
- Amonium Nitrate, Sodium Chloride (table salt), Zinc Powder and Water
How to Make Homemade Waterproof Matches
Emergency Cooking and Heating
Crayons and Crisco for Light or Fire-Starter
Potassium Permanganate: Antiseptic, Water Purifier, Fire Starter and more . . .
Waxes for Candles & Stuff