Category Archive: Fire

How to Choose the Best Material for Torches

How to Choose the Best Material for Torches Making a rudimentary torch in an emergency is a pretty simple process.  Just take a stick, attach some flammable material to the end and light it up.  However, finding ways to get the torch to burn as long as possible is the challenge.  Let’s take a look …

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Easy Ways to Deal With Wet Tinder in the Field

Easy Ways to Deal With Wet Tinder in the Field It can be a big job to get a good fire going under the best of conditions, let alone when you’re dealing with wet tinder or a lack of dry kindling.  There are a couple of simple tricks that we’ve probably mentioned before that can …

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How to Modify a Mini-Bic Lighter into a Handy Survival Tool

How to Modify a Mini-Bic Lighter into a Handy Survival Tool Bic lighters are arguably some of the best and most reliable disposable lighters out there, and they are worth their weight in gold during an emergency.  They are durable, rugged and can be ignited under adverse conditions.  They usually produce a stable flame that …

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How to Turn a Mop into an Emergency Lamp

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 …

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How to Make an Emergency Flare Canister

How to Make an Emergency Flare Canister One of the least-talked about aspects of being stranded or lost is how to attract the right kind of attention and get rescued.  People have died waiting to get rescued even though they notified contacts of their general location to alert authorities.  The most common reasons these tragedies …

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How to Build a Simple but Effective Yukon Stove

How to Build a Simple but Effective Yukon Stove (Start video at the 2 minute mark) A Yukon stove is a variation of the more well-known Dakota fire pit.  It is very easy to construct, and you can build a fire that is more resilient against the elements.  It also gives off minimal smoke and …

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How to Start a Fire With a Cotton Ball and a Piece of Wood

How to Start a Fire With a Cotton Ball and a Piece of Wood Fire starting doesn’t need to be an exhausting process that leaves hands blistered and arms tired.  There is a new trick that recently came to our attention, and we’re passing it along to you.  While some of you may already know …

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How to Make a Simple Pull-Tab Fire Starter

How to Make a Simple Pull-Tab Fire Starter You can create a powerful and effective firestarter that may be an ideal option in windy or rainy conditions.  It combines the benefits of a match or lighter, fuel and tinder in one easy to use device that is portable.  Let’s take a look at this simple …

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How to Make a Candle from Waxed Cheese

How to Make a Candle from Waxed Cheese If you have your hands on some waxed cheese or cheese that is surrounded by a thick casing, you can turn it into a candle during an emergency.  While it will force you to open the cheese and eat or throw it away, knowing this trick can …

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Make a Backpacking Checklist Before Heading Out

Make a Backpacking Checklist Before Heading Out Even the most experienced backpackers can forget essential items as they are preparing for their next trip.  You should always have a checklist handy and frequently update it in order ensure that you are not leaving anything behind.  As we get into the heart of this year’s hiking …

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