How to Light a Fire in Any Environment
There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to start a fire. However, many of them don’t take into account the area or climate that you’ll be in. Starting a fire in an emergency isn’t always going to be convenient and you might not find the best tools if you haven’t prepared.
So, we wanted to write about how you could start a fire in any climate! Here it is:
Every fire needs three basic things:
1. Tinder – dry material that ignites with little heat. Must be dry.
2. Kindling – a readily combustible material that you add after you start the tinder.
3. Fuel – not necessarily gas. Fuel, in this case, is something that burns slowly like a log.
Jungle or Humid Environment
The thing you’ll want to remember with starting a fire is to keep it dry. You might have a hard time finding tinder that is dry enough to start a fire. If the kindle is too wet then you’ll just have smoke instead of a fire.
Myke Hawke, from Discovery Channel’s “Man, Woman, Wild” offers some pointers on creating a fire in the jungle. (Click here to see his full video.)
1. Lay some broad leaves on the ground to keep the ground moisture from ruining everything
2. Scrape the bark off of a stick or bamboo and use the shavings as tinder.
3. Use a lighter to spark the tinder. (Even experts have a hard time lighting a fire in the jungle.)
4. Add small twigs and logs to grow the fire.
If you don’t have a lighter, consider creating a fire-plow. You can create a fire-plow by rubbing a hardwood shaft against a softer wood base. This will cause enough friction for a fire. Take a straight groove and cut it in the base, then plow the blunt tip of the shaft up and down the groove. Small particles of wood fibers will be pushed out and will eventually catch fire. (Instructions courtesy of Environmental Graffiti.)
Check out this video of a guy showing how to start a fire using only a knife and bamboo.
With so many fun winter activities, like skiing, tubing, snowball fights; it’s possible that you might get caught in low temperatures. However, there are also ways that you can start a fire with ice, believe it or not!
This video demonstrates how you can create fire by creating a clear piece of ice into a magnifying glass that sparks the tinder.
There are also certain types of knives that are made of firesteel. They can be used to cut tinder and then light it. For an example, we found this blog post about a boy who made a fire with a knife.
If you’re trapped in your home without a lighter or matches, there are plenty of ways to start a fire. You can use a steel wool, crystal, a battery or other materials to create that spark. Check out some of the videos to see how:
|With a 9v Battery
||With Eye Glasses
Then again, you could always just go the route of purchasing a fire starter, matches, stove or something simple. Check out our Emergency Warmth and Shelter supplies.Updated February 23, 2012