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FIRE CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SURVIVAL OR DEATH

                       Or a good and bad time when camping.



        Having the ability to start a fire is essential  works as long as you have sunshine, it
        whether you’re a Backpacker, camper or you  doesn’t matter how windy it is outside,
        find yourself in a survival situation. here  cold, or if the ground is wet. As long as

        are our top five ways of starting a fire that  you have Sun this method never runs out
        requires very little skill but dependable.               of fuel or gets damaged by being wet,

                                                                 this is a great way to first attempt to
        Let’s  start with the  most  basic,  and  that  start a fire so that you don’t use up any
        is strike anywhere matches. It doesn’t get  of your resources. Make sure to keep

        much easier or basic then lighting a match,  the magnifying lens covered when not
        although this method can be challenging in  in use so that you do not start a fire

        windy or wet conditions it is still the main go  unintentionally.
        to when starting a fire out of convenience.
                                                                 The final method is using a ferrocerium

        Our second choice for easy and convenient  rod or Ferro rod as it’s more commonly
        ways to start a fire would be the butane  known. Ferrocerium is a man-made

        lighter, they’re both light and reliable. if you  metallic material that Sparks at
        need to start a fire in more difficult situations  temperatures              of     3000       degrees
        then this method is typically a little easier            Fahrenheit or more when scraped with

        than using a strike anywhere match, but  a steel Striker or a knife blade. This is
        remember you are eventually going to run out  a great method to use next to using a

        of butane.                                               magnifying lens because it is so long-
                                                                 lasting. This method does require a little
        This next one is not quite as common but  bit of skill and would be the hardest to

        works incredibly well, grab some fine steel  use out of all the methods above, but
        wool and start to stretch out the fibers a little  with a little bit of practice, it can quickly

        bit, Then touch them with a 9-volt battery, the  become your go-to method.
        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
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