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How to start a fire without matches

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Here are three ways to start a fire without the help of matches. Each can be effective, and all take lots of practice, but they’re actually pretty fun to learn.

Watch our step-by-step video to learn how, and check out the article in the December 2010 issue of Boys’ Life magazine for more information.

Remember: Even in a survival situation, try to avoid harming the environment when building your fire. Look for a spot from which a fire could not spread and where the surrounding area would not be damaged.

33 Comments on How to start a fire without matches

  1. rock and roll // January 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm // Reply

    so cool

  2. like you would not use matches.

  3. Wow!

  4. This is an EXCELLENT video! It teaches the basics of fire starting in a simple manner that is easily understandable. Great Job!!

  5. awsome

  6. The flint and steel is awsome I have started thousands of fires with the stuff.

  7. i have tride to do the magnufine glass it did not work

  8. Helpful I could do that on new years for a bonfire. But I do have matches, but they wont last longer than week.

  9. this ia great i have to try this some time

  10. way awesome!!!!

  11. I have a magnifieng glass with me all the time.

  12. Loved it, especially the flint and steel.

  13. It looks so easy to them

  14. i have the flint and steel but i prefer friction bow

  15. I suppose a butane lighter wou.ld count as not using matches! ;)

  16. they need to dig a very small wide hole and put rocks around it to make a fire pit ive seen so many flammable things aroud that. they should also put a little bit of green grass in there. the water in the grass will evaporate and the grass will burn longer.

  17. This is really cool I want to try, but Remember: Even in a survival situation, try to avoid harming the environment when building your fire. Look for a spot from which a fire could not spread and where the surrounding area would not be damaged.

  18. sweet I’m so buying a steel and flint set for my next campout

  19. skinny willy // December 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm // Reply

    There is another way to start a fire by using a battery and steel wool

  20. Now THAT Is A Skill I’ll Teach My Son!=D

  21. awesome

  22. cool but Remember: Even in a survival situation, try to avoid harming the environment when building your fire. Look for a spot from which a fire could not spread and where the surrounding area would not be damaged.

  23. Great video!Next campout I’m getting a flint and steel set or use a bow saw like I learned here!

  24. cool

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