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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.