Unusual Methods of Fire Creation

Methods that use sunlight for a fire

Sunlight is one of the alternative ways to make a fire without a lighter or matches that has been around for a long time. It can only be done in areas that have a strong amount of sunlight and essentially works to start a fire with a magnifying item, whether that be glass, a plastic bag with water, or a way to concentrate the sunlight, such as a soda can. If you are in an area with strong sunlight, this is the best way to start a fire.

How to start a fire with a soda can

I haven’t personally tried this but I like the idea of it.

Step 1: shine smoothen then underside of a can with clay

Step 2: The bottom of the can directly towards the sun

Step 3: Place your kindling cloth, rotten wood or charcoal cloth on the point where the sun is reflecting at its strongest from the can. This should be the smallest point of light.

Step 4: Gently blow into a flame. Add the sustainable flame to the bird’s nest. You have a fire.

How to start a fire with a magnifying glass

You might have done this as a kid with a magnifying glass, it’s quite easy to do and is has been a cause of some bushfires from broken glass on the side of the road.

Step 1: get flashlight lens or other clear glass

Step 2: concentrate the sun’s power onto your tinder, charcoal cloth or other starter.

Step 3: Once you see smoke, gently blow into a flame. Add the sustainable flame to the bird’s nest. You have a fire.

How to start a fire with a bottle of water

Easy. The exact same as above but you want to make sure the bottle is clean and the water is clear. Repeat the steps above.

You have a fire.

How to start a fire with a sandwich bag

This one is the same idea as the bottle – but it looks a little bit cooler and sometimes you just don’t have a water bottle with you.

Repeat the steps from the magnifying, but with water in the bag.

You have a fire.

How to start a fire with a battery and steel wool

With old phones that have a removable battery you can use the battery’s electrical charge on steel wool to cause embers.

Step 1: Remove battery from the phone

Step2: Gently rub the battery against steel wool until red embers appear in the wool

Step 3: apply tinder, blow gently, you now have a fire.

How to start a fire with a battery and tin foil

This is a pretty neat hack to know.

Step 1: The chewing gum wrapper has to be a foil metallic one. Cut it so it makes the figure 8 almost, with both ends being bigger than the middle section.

Step 2: Attach the ends of the wrapper to each end of the battery.

Step 3: The joining of the paper will create a circuit between the two.

Step 4: The paper will set alight. You have a fire.

How to start a fire with a 9V Battery and Steel Wool

This is very similar to the phone battery method except it saves you the loss of a mobile phone battery.

The best thing about this type of fire is that you can do this in wet conditions with wet steel wool.

Step 1: Get steel wool and 9v battery

Step 2: Rub steel wool onto ends of 9v battery

Step 3: Place steel wool in bird’s nest. You have fire.