Fire can be the difference between life and death when in an emergency situation and the difference between having a great camping experience and a not so great camping experience.
Having the ability to start a fire is essential whether you’re a Backpacker, camper or you find yourself in a survival situation. here are our top five ways of starting a fire that requires very little skill but dependable.
Let’s start with the most basic, and that is strike anywhere matches. It doesn’t get much easier or basic then lighting a match, although this method can be challenging in windy or wet conditions it is still the main go to when starting a fire out of convenience.
Our second choice for easy and convenient ways to start a fire would be the butane lighter, they’re both light and reliable. if you need to start a fire in more difficult situations then this method is typically a little easier than using a strike anywhere match, but remember you are eventually going to run out of butane.
This next one is not quite as common but works incredibly well, grab some fine steel wool and start to stretch out the fibers a little bit, Then touch them with a 9-volt battery, the fibers will quickly become glowing embers as you are creating an electrical short. Put some of the steel wool fibers inside a tinder bundle and apply the battery and you’ll have a fire in no time.
Fresnel lens or magnifying lens, this method works as long as you have sunshine, it doesn’t matter how windy it is outside, cold, or if the ground is wet. As long as you have Sun this method never runs out of fuel or gets damaged by being wet, this is a great way to first attempt to start a fire so that you don’t use up any of your resources. Make sure to keep the magnifying lens covered when not in use so that you do not start a fire unintentionally.
The final method is using a ferrocerium rod or Ferro rod as it’s more commonly known. Ferrocerium is a man-made metallic material that Sparks at temperatures of 3000 degrees Fahrenheit or more when scraped with a steel Striker or a knife blade. This is a great method to use next to using a magnifying lens because it is so long-lasting. This method does require a little bit of skill and would be the hardest to use out of all the methods above, but with a little bit of practice, it can quickly become your go-to method.