Category Archive: Fire

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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How to Re-purpose an Egg Carton Into a Fire Starter

How to Re-purpose an Egg Carton Into a Fire Starter You can easily turn an old egg carton into an effective, lightweight and portable fire starter in a few easy steps.  This is a great way to recycle something that would otherwise go to waste, and you don’t need a lot of material or tools …

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How to Build a Rudimentary Day Time Signal Fire

How to Build a Rudimentary Day Time Signal Fire   A good signal fire can be seen for miles in some cases, especially if someone from the air notices the smoke and flame.  Building one can help you to attract attention when you want it, but it’s important to make it as effective as possible.  …

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How to Make Matches That Can Strike Anywhere

How to Make Matches That Can Strike Anywhere Matches are a fundamental component of any survival kit, and it’s important that they can be lit when needed.  Unfortunately, strike pads on the sides of matchboxes can become wet or worn after only a few uses.  Let’s look at a way to re-process matches, so they …

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How to Build a Star Fire and Why it’s Important to Learn

How to Build a Star Fire and Why it’s Important to Learn A star fire is one of the simplest and low-maintenance fires to construct, and it’s ideal to use in areas that are flat and dry.  It was the fire of choice by many Native Americans out west for centuries, and its effectiveness is …

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