Other than a lighter or matches, anyone have any sure fire ways to get a fire going? I watch a Canadian show called "Survivorman" and he is always trying different methods to get a fire going.
One that I remember is the Fire Piston
Works like a compression ignition engine. A tight fitting insert is slammed down into the sleeve and the compression makes heat and if there's a tiny bit of dry tinder inside, it will spark and give you a small coal to work with. Never have to worry about lighter fluid or running out of matches.
Another method was with a flashlight. He takes it apart and breaks the bulb, being careful not to damage the filament inside. Puts it all back together minus the clear lens. Places a little dry tinder in the top where the lens has been removed and the filament is exposed, and turns it on. Flames within a few seconds.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2010 20:18:41 GMT -5 by maritimer
There's more fun in hunting with the handicap of a bow, than there is in hunting with the sureness of a gun. - Fred Bear
I've heard of the fire piston and actually found schematics for it online and seemed fairly simple to make. I've made fire with flint and steel, and with a 9 v battery and steel wool.
There is a new show out called Dual survivor. One of the fellows on it is Dave Cantaberry from OHio and this guy knows his stuff. He has a long list of youtube videos on survival stuff. Well on the show he used a car battery and I think it was wire scrounged from the car. The basics of this is to create a short to get the metal hot enough to catch tinder alight.