A lot of people think that fire is only a luxury and not really get its full importance. In any emergency or survival situation, it is very important for one to build a good fire to keep you warm and keep dangerous animals away. Fire starting is a very difficult thing to do especially if you don’t have enough knowledge about it.
Aside from the ones mentioned above fire can also benefit you by providing you with light, water purification, and signaling. By creating a fire it also gives you a reassured feeling that will boost your morale in a survival situation.
If you do not have the necessary skill or knowledge to start a fire from scratch you can use tools to aid you in making fires. In this article we will be discussing the different tools that are very effective in making fire.
- Strike anywhere matches – These are not very easy to find. A couple of sticks of strike anywhere matches will come in very handy in any survival situations. If you find some, one should always try to stock up as much as possible.
- Butane lighter – Lighters are very common anywhere. Having one with you when you go camping or go out would be good. Lightweight and very reliable, this is one of the best tools you can have to create fire. It is important to keep it dry as it may be difficult to use in very humid and cold areas. Now as traditional or picturesque but if you need to make a fire in difficult conditions it will save your life.
- Steel Wool and battery – More interesting than practical, a 9 volt battery and the thinnest grade steel wool can help you make a fire. Touching both the positive and negative poles on the steel wool creates an electrical short that ignites the strands of the wool. Adding tinder to the mix then you have a good fire starting in a few seconds.
- Flint and Steel – This has been the standard fire starting tool for centuries. The key to using this tool is a good steel striker and a sharp piece of flint. This is not very easy to use though; one must practice to master the art of making fire using this tool.
- Friction – With the right materials and proper knowledge you should be able to use friction to create fire. The bow and drill is the most effective way for you to do this. There are other methods of making a fire using this technique too.
- Ferrocerium Rod – Ferrocerium is a man made metallic material that sparks at temperatures of 3000 degrees Fahrenheit when scraped with a knife blade.
- Birthday Candles – These types of candles only lasts for a couple of minutes. During these couple of minutes you can use these candles to make a bigger fire going. I only included this since it is very easy to bring with you in any type of camping trips. Having birthday candles are a lot more effective than relying on matches or lighter.
- Birch bark – The bark of down or dead birch trees contains flammable resins. Once lit the bark of will burn hot and will burn long enough for you to create a larger fire in wet conditions. This is very useful especially in places that are very humid.
The tools mentioned above are but a few among the many others that you can use in getting a fire started. Again, knowledge and practice is essential for you to be able to use some of the tools mentioned above. Let us know of some cool fire starting practices you have done! Give us some examples of when you needed to build a fire.
Hope you learned something new today and enjoyed reading through everything. Have a wonderful day!