Five Unusual Fire Starting Methods

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Wayne
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Five Unusual Fire Starting Methods

Post by Wayne » Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:38 am

The Preppers I've spoken to have justifiably taken pride in their preparations. But what happens if those preparations are destroyed by the disaster you have prepared for: flood, fire, hurricane or tornado?

How do we start a fire without a match? A spark immediately comes to mind, but here are five ways that are definitely off the beaten path:

1. Potassium permanganate (often employed in cleaning wounds and in home water treatment) and Glycerine (used to make soap and for ear infections and skin maladies). A few drops of glycerine onto potassium permanganate will cause an immediate flame.

2. Steel wool and a battery. A small charge will ignite steel wool into an excellent fire starter.

3. A Convex lens from: eyeglasses, magnifying glass, camera, binoculars placed toward the sun. You can even use a clear bottle (filled with water) or make a lens out of ice (all you need is to find a frozen stream or pond and cut a piece of clear ice out of it. With your knife, roughly shape the block of ice to make two opposite sides convex. Then use your hands to smooth the two convex sides, finishing the lens).

To start a fire, find the focal point of the lens (where the light comes together to the brightest part) by adjusting the distance between the lens and your tinder. When the point of light is the smallest, you have discovered the prime focal point..

4. A Convex surface such as a flashlight lens or soda can.

If you use a soda can, polish it first with chocolate (yes chocolate), toothpaste or powdered cleanser for about 1/2 hour. This doesn't focus the light as well as glass and takes longer to ignite.

5. Powdered Chlorine and Brake Fluid

Another combination that will ignite. Place a palm-full of the powder in your tinder and pour the break fluid (about 1/2 an ounce) on top. Works like magic...


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Re: Five Unusual Fire Starting Methods

Post by Jimbo Jones » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:29 pm

I use the glycerine and potassium permanganate method .I had to order it in but the local drug store brought it in for me , no problems.

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Re: Five Unusual Fire Starting Methods

Post by tazweiss » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:48 pm

A new tweak on an old method.
Last year, I was browsing YouTube and came across an innovation for the fire drill. Instead of using a carved handhold for the top of the spindle, carry a rollerblade wheel with you and use that. I tried it and it works really well. Less friction up top means less energy wasted and it actually fit quite well in my hand.
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Re: Five Unusual Fire Starting Methods

Post by Clarence » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:52 am

tazweiss wrote:A new tweak on an old method.
Last year, I was browsing YouTube and came across an innovation for the fire drill. Instead of using a carved handhold for the top of the spindle, carry a rollerblade wheel with you and use that. I tried it and it works really well. Less friction up top means less energy wasted and it actually fit quite well in my hand.
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Re: Five Unusual Fire Starting Methods

Post by Clarence » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:57 am

Wayne wrote:The Preppers I've spoken to have justifiably taken pride in their preparations. But what happens if those preparations are destroyed by the disaster you have prepared for: flood, fire, hurricane or tornado?

How do we start a fire without a match? A spark immediately comes to mind, but here are five ways that are definitely off the beaten path:

1. Potassium permanganate (often employed in cleaning wounds and in home water treatment) and Glycerine (used to make soap and for ear infections and skin maladies). A few drops of glycerine onto potassium permanganate will cause an immediate flame.

2. Steel wool and a battery. A small charge will ignite steel wool into an excellent fire starter.

3. A Convex lens from: eyeglasses, magnifying glass, camera, binoculars placed toward the sun. You can even use a clear bottle (filled with water) or make a lens out of ice (all you need is to find a frozen stream or pond and cut a piece of clear ice out of it. With your knife, roughly shape the block of ice to make two opposite sides convex. Then use your hands to smooth the two convex sides, finishing the lens).

To start a fire, find the focal point of the lens (where the light comes together to the brightest part) by adjusting the distance between the lens and your tinder. When the point of light is the smallest, you have discovered the prime focal point..

4. A Convex surface such as a flashlight lens or soda can.

If you use a soda can, polish it first with chocolate (yes chocolate), toothpaste or powdered cleanser for about 1/2 hour. This doesn't focus the light as well as glass and takes longer to ignite.

5. Powdered Chlorine and Brake Fluid

Another combination that will ignite. Place a palm-full of the powder in your tinder and pour the break fluid (about 1/2 an ounce) on top. Works like magic...
Funny you mention the brake fluid... I never knew that one but as an aside, atoned vehicles can be a gold mine of material. Tons of stuff in them to tweak and you find them in farmers woodlots all the time. I bet you can get a spark from an old battery that has sat there for years. Be a good thread for another discussion

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