Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) November 28, 2012
With the possible exception of wishing he had visited the dentist prior to getting on that Fed Ex plane, the number one thing on Tom Hanks’ wish list during the movie Castaway was fire. He was finally able to get a fire started through the friction method, but not before rubbing his hands raw and suffering hours of frustration on the deserted island.
A person in survival mode in the wilderness will wish he or she had learned this skill. After all, fire is good for warmth from the cold, and it can purify water, melt snow for water, provide a cooking flame, generate heat to dry wet clothes, create smoke for rescue signals, scare away animals, provide light, and much more.
As with most things connected with survival, it’s all about being prepared. Even with a fire-starting manual, it could take longer to get a fire going than one will have time for in a survival situation. It’s important to become adept at starting a fire before it becomes necessary to make one.
The best bet is to have a Bic lighter in one’s pocket, but if that item is missing, following are five ways to start a fire from Power4Patriots.
Friction-based method. This is probably the most difficult way to start a fire and one that will make the fire-starter wish he or she had that lighter more than any other. The type of wood used for the fireboard and spindle is important – some of the best types are aspen, cypress and walnut – and the wood must be dry.
Bow drill. This is the most effective of the friction-based methods due to the ease of maintaining enough speed and pressure to create the friction needed to start a fire. A socket and a bow are needed in addition to the fireboard and spindle.
Flint and steel. Matches get wet, so a flint and steel set is something important to have on hand. You can still get a spark from putting steel to a good piece of flint. Char, which is cloth that’s been turn into charcoal, will catch a spark and keep it smoldering without bursting into flames.
Lens-based method. Some people will remember when they used a magnifying glass and the sun to melt stuff as a kid. Same principle here. The lens of a magnifying glass, eye glasses or binoculars will focus sunlight on a specific spot. Just hope it’s not a cloudy day because sunlight is needed.
Batteries and steel wool – After stretching out the steel wool to about six inches in length, rub it on the contacts of a battery – preferably a 9-volt – until it glows and then burns. Blow on it softly and transfer it to the tinder nest.
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