Category Archive: Fire

How to Make Chimney-Jet Alcohol Stove

  Chimney stoves work by creating an updraft through the stove that feeds the flame with oxygen and by having the flame start inside the stove which causes it to really heat up and vaporize more fuel.  The simplest versions are singled walled while others are doubled walled.  The heat output can be adjusted by …

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4 Mistakes Preppers Make Early On

Prepping isn’t rocket science, and a lot of common sense goes a long way. But, for many who are new at the game, getting things just right can seem a bit confusing. How do you prepare for every possible eventuality? What steps can be taken to provide options when all hell breaks loose? These questions …

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How to Build a Fire Bed

Did you know that you can have your fire and sleep on it as well? Most people are content to sleep as close to a fire as possible in order to stay warm at night. However, we all know that this doesn’t always work as effectively as we would like. Parts of our bodies get really hot …

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How To Make Slow Burning Fuses

For this project I used items from around the house to create a pyrotechnic time-delay. Here’s how to make a simple form of a slow burning fuse, because when experimenting with homemade pyrotechnics, you don’t want to be too close if your composition explodes. WARNING: The maker of the video assumes no liability for use of …

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Make Thermite out of Sand

Here, I show you how to make a thermite composition out of sand! Just get some sand (the whiter the better), aluminum, and sulfur and make sure everything is a very fine powder. You’ll have to grind the sand in a mortar and pestile (interesting side note: I found that’s a pretty good way to clean your …

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How to Make Fire Starters out of Straws

One of the biggest problems with using pre-made fire starting material is that it can be messy and difficult to store or transport. However, there is a nice technique that you can use to create portable and self-contained fire starters with some straws and other common materials. Look at the steps below and see how this option …

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Turn An Old Fire Extinguisher into a Metal Forge!

You can turn a fire extinguisher canister into a very hot and efficient forge in a few simple steps.  This option is far superior to using aluminum cans or other thin material as the thickness of the metal of the fire extinguisher will absorb a tremendous amount of heat.  Let’s look at the basic idea …

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Simple Guide for Gathering Wood and Building a Fire

When talking about fires, terms such as fire-starting material, kindling, tinder and good wood come up a lot.  However, they don’t do much to explain how big or long items should be, or how much wood you will need to get started.  Below is a simple guide that can help to ensure that you are gathering the …

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How to Turn a Mop into an Emergency Lamp

You can never have too many options when it comes to making improvised candles, lanterns or lamps.  One simple, yet highly-effective trick is to take a piece of a mop head and use it as a wick.  Follow the steps below, and you can turn your mop into an emergency lantern that can burn for hours.  The best …

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Five Types of Fires That Everyone Needs to Know How to Build

Five Types of Fires That Everyone Needs to Know How to Build There are a lot of different types of fires out there, and each one is designed for a specific purpose.  Some can be used for cooking while others are meant to be a radiant source of heat.  Others can be used to send …

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