July 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm #20040
Inspired by other threads, let’s see how many unusual ways to make fire we can think of…
1. Potassium permanganate and glycerine. Very energetic reaction. Works all the time in all weather.
2. Fire piston and tinder fungus. Tinder fungus is is also known as “Chaga”. It’s real name is Inonotus obliquus, and it grows on live birch trees, usually as a black lump.
3. Thermite. Iron oxide (rust) and aluminum particles. Very energetic reaction. If you can’t get a fire lit with this stuff, face it – you’re hopeless and your life should serve as warning to others.
4.. 9V battery and an SOS pad.
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1July 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm #20061
Cotton balls impregnated with petroleum jelly and lit with:
A Bic lighter,
magnifying glass/eyeglasses/flattened clear bottle of water on a sunny day,
a bow drill…
Bestaie sumus, ut non beastiae simus
O.o ~ I drank what...? SocratesJuly 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm #20081
Found this interesting gadget today.
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Hand sanitizer and a sparkJuly 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm #20084
What you can do with a small 9v battery make a 12V car batter look like a flame thrower.July 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm #20090
cutting Lithium battery strip/cut open put in water in can then wait for flame as hydrogen burns ..highly reactive
Mix a small amount of sodium chlorate( pulp mills have for bleaching paper) and sugar. Initiate the reaction by adding a few drops of sulfuric acid.( battery acid)
if you can get chlorine gas and steel wool…all you need is light… if in a dark wont work.(explosive if confined)
white phosphorus will auto ignite at 34 c ( find in munitions for smoke production (tanks)
if you run into an sr 71 blackbird the fuel auto ignites if over -20c (Triethylborane)
pure 120 mesh red phosphorus will ignite in strong sun light if laid out
there are other more exotic ways but those should only be done by skilled chemistJuly 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm #20091
Wow looks like it almost melted the glass.July 25, 2014 at 4:39 am #20138
Aw come on! Nobody has mentioned the pop can/chocolate trick yet? The Mini-Mag Lite trick? The Ice Lens?
Good stuff so far… there’s got to be other, way more creative ways to light a fire…
Saw whats-his-name.. Les Stroud. He lit a fire using sock lint and a dead Bic lighter once..
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1July 25, 2014 at 9:15 am #20154
Frensel lens off the front of a projection screen tv – check out the youtub* vids that show guys flash boiling water, melting glass, assorted metal etc with the big ones!July 29, 2014 at 12:46 am #20539
I’m familiar with a lot of the methods mentioned. But what is the pop can/chocolate trick?
...it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts...July 29, 2014 at 2:09 am #20545
Hobbit you take a little sand and chocolate and polish the bottom of the soda can. It acts like a parabolic mirror when tinder is held in front of it for a while.July 29, 2014 at 2:12 am #20546
I improvised a bow drill set up with cordless drill and a wooden dowl one time……..ok I didn’t improvise, I lost my temper and was determined that damn fire was gonna start by golly.August 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm #21744
You could go all crazy and go with the road flare approach, BLO on a wadded up towel, or even using a set of jumper cables to get an arc and start a tinder bundle……
Personally, I use flint and steel about 90% of the time and an H60 firesteel the rest of the time. Only thing I use a lighter for is my pipe….. Gotta keep the lighter in good working condition for that alone because dropping an ember on your tobacco makes it taste funny.
http://ageofdecadence.comAugust 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm #22279
How about shaving Fatwood/ Pitchwood from a rotten tree stump and lighting it it with s ferro rod, That used to be my favorite way to build a fire before I got lazy, now it’s cigarette lighters and letting the kids get the fire going.August 20, 2014 at 3:20 am #22700
<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Insuranceguynate wrote:</div>How about shaving Fatwood/ Pitchwood from a rotten tree stump and lighting it it with s ferro rod, That used to be my favorite way to build a fire before I got lazy, now it’s cigarette lighters and letting the kids get the fire going.
I wouldn’t consider fatwood, cat tail, inner tree bark, dried moss or dried fungus as unusual. That is the norm for me.
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