10 ways to make fire in a emergency

Fire=life

Imagine you are stranded in the middle of no-where,or you are at home and the utilities are down, you need to have heat, safe water to drink, and to be able to cook food, having a way to start and maintain a fire could be the difference between life and death.


Here are 10 ways to make fire if you are in a emergency:

10 ways to make fire in a emergency

10 ways to make fire in a emergency

1. Magnifying glass

1. Magnifying glass

1. Magnifying glass

magnifying glass to start fires for emergencies

To make a fire without matches or a lighter can be difficult when there is a emergency , but using a magnifying glass at the right time can save your life.Here are the steps.


Tinder: Use balled up news paper, paper towels, or char cloth, dry grass or leaves to start the fire.

Starting the fire: Ideally you want to have full sun to work with. Adjust the magnifying glass so that you have as small a dot of focused light on the tinder until it starts to ignite.

2. Friction

1. Magnifying glass

1. Magnifying glass

bow drill for fire in an emergency

The friction method of making fire has been around for thousands of years, it takes time and a lot of effort, but when done right it's a skill that will keep you warm and safe ,when you don't have access to matches or a lighter.

3. Magnesium rod

1. Magnifying glass

4. 9 volt battery + steel wool

fire stater magnesium rod for emergencies

If you have seen the recent episodes of Survivor ,then you know how important it is to learn how to use magnesium and a striker to start a fire. it takes a little time to get the hang of it ,but once you do you can start fires at any time, you just need to have dry materials to keep it going.

4. 9 volt battery + steel wool

4. 9 volt battery + steel wool

4. 9 volt battery + steel wool

9 volt battery and steel wool to start fire in a emergency

When you connect the positive and negative contacts to steel wool he sparks fly instantly. You will need your tinder or paper in place  all around the steel wool because it starts really fast, and there is a limited number of times you can use the same 9 volt battery to start a fire , because it will eventually run out of energy.

5. Waxed egg carton

4. 9 volt battery + steel wool

5. Waxed egg carton

waxed egg carton to start a fire during an emergency

This method of making fire in a emergency will take some preparation and planning. First you want to get a paper egg carton, dryer lint, and candle wax. In each egg hole put your dryer lint in , then melt the candle wax over it, let it cool, cut them up into sections and when you are ready to use them, light 'em up.

6. Flint and steel

4. 9 volt battery + steel wool

5. Waxed egg carton

flint and steel to star a fire during an emergency

Similar to the magnesium rod flint and steel can be extremely valuable to start a fire in a emergency, dry tinder is a must in order to get a spark to ignite it.

7. Mirror + paper

8. Chlorine + brake fluid

8. Chlorine + brake fluid

mirror and paper to start a fire in a emergency

Similar to the magnifying glass method you will want to have a focused beam of light on the paper or dry tinder to start a fire. this method will also take some time and adjusting the mirror for the right angle but if that's all you have it's worth the effort, especially in a emergency.

8. Chlorine + brake fluid

8. Chlorine + brake fluid

8. Chlorine + brake fluid

chlorine and brake fluid to start a fire in a emergency

Yes it's true these two combined will cause a chemical reaction and start to smolder and catch fire, it may take some time for the chemical reaction to get going .You definitely want to have proper ventilation, and use a metal container with your tinder and small pieces of wood and paper ready once it gets started

9. Bottom of a soda can

9. Bottom of a soda can

9. Bottom of a soda can

using a the bottom of a soda, or beer can to start a fire in a emergency

The convex shape of the bottom of a soda or beer can , could be used to focus a beam of light onto paper or tinder to star a fire, This method would need full sun and a lot of adjusting to get the right amount of focused light to start a fire.

10. Water proof matches

9. Bottom of a soda can

9. Bottom of a soda can

water proof matches for emergencies

One of the simplest methods to make fire is to use water proof matches. Why water proof? because they will have a better chance of working during a emergency. We never know what emergency we will be in , if it's raining or we're in a flood water proof matches will work if they ever get wet or damp.