Today, we explore an age-old topic - how to ignite a campfire or grill using unconventional methods, bypassing the usual tools. Here's a concise selection of techniques:
1. Corks Soaked in Alcohol: In this method, take a few natural corks, preferably made of cork oak, and place them in a small jar. Fill the jar with high-proof alcohol, around 70% alcohol by volume. You don't need to fill the entire jar, just enough to cover the corks. You can secure the corks by pressing them together so that they stay submerged and don't float to the top. Store the jar away from heat sources, and when you require a homemade fire starter, simply take out a cork and ignite it. Be cautious when handling the corks, as the flame can leap if brought too close to a fire.
2. Alcohol-Soaked Cotton Balls: To use this method, take a bottle of alcohol, around 70%, and hold a cotton ball over the open bottle top, giving it a few quick turns. Afterward, place the cotton ball down, ignite it, and you'll have a long-lasting, steady flame. Exercise caution if your fingers get slightly damp from the alcohol, as the flame can jump if you get too close to the fire.
3. Steel Wool and a 9-Volt Battery: For this technique, you'll need a fresh 9-volt battery and the finest steel wool available in stores. Prepare suitable tinder, such as dry twigs and leaves. Tear a few pieces of steel wool and blend them with your tinder. Next, place a larger piece of steel wool near the fire pit, hold the 9-volt battery against it with both terminals, and the wool will ignite. This burns rapidly and intensely, so ensure you have enough tinder ready beforehand.
4. Nachos/Doritos/Chips: Create a small pile using a few nachos and ignite them. Be mindful that the fire can be somewhat unstable in windy conditions, especially at the start. You can use a birthday candle for ignition. However, there are a couple of downsides to this method:
- It involves burning food.
- It can be somewhat smelly, so avoid standing too close to the smoke.
5. Charcoal/Sawdust/Newspaper in an Egg Carton: Take an empty egg carton, fill each compartment with a piece of charcoal, and close it. Tear a section to expose a convenient ignition surface and light it up. This method may also produce some smoke. To achieve a longer-lasting, more stable flame, you can pour melted wax over the contents. Be cautious when handling hot wax, as it can be uncomfortable.
A final word of caution – always be aware of the risks associated with open fires outdoors. They can quickly get out of control. Therefore, stay near the fire site and have fire suppression materials on hand.
Remember, Survival4Future is all about mastering essential survival skills, and these unconventional fire-starting methods can be invaluable in challenging situations. Stay safe in the wild!