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How to start a fire without matches


There 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.

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Comments about “How to start a fire without matches”

  1. ghghgh says:

    cool

  2. Lin says:

    That’s very cool

  3. Potterhead says:

    Do you need fuel for all techniques?

    • bubbahoohaa says:

      no! you don’t need fuel you idiot! that’s why it says ” how to start a fire without matches”

  4. Xman424 says:

    I have a flint’n’steel I am hopeing to use it this saturday

  5. TroopAwesome says:

    cool

  6. I says to him, I says:

    theres another way. take any battery, and attatch steel wool to both ends. itll start to spark, and at that moment you gently blow it and add it to the tinder. itll be hot, but its either that or go without fire…

  7. 168 boyscout says:

    some swiss army knives have a magnifling glass on them

    • Knife Xpert 157 (aka Chad 101) says:

      what if its cloudy? then your going to be out of luck. Thats why i stick with a good ol’ flint an steel

  8. Ninjaman123 says:

    I have a real flint and steel and it is awseome.

  9. Ethanawedome says:

    Wow

  10. Troop187 says:

    Great Video with good techniques and detail. A video great for Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. I have tried a three techniques and they work.

  11. Troop279 says:

    Have you ever heard of the Scout Motto, Be Prepared? If so, you probably wont need these tips. Still good to know if you’re lost in the woods. Overall great video.:) :) :)

  12. Scoutman says:

    that is so cool

  13. coop says:

    thats really cool now I know what to do if I ever get lost

  14. weblopack464 says:

    awseome video!!!

  15. eaglehawk says:

    nice tips

  16. webelo from pack 295 says:

    awsome

  17. TheEagleScout says:

    My scout troop went on a camping trip and one of our tenderfoots had gotten lost, he was gone overnight. He was not catching on with survival techniques as fast as the other scouts so I taught him in private classes. When he was lost he used a bow drill to start a fire, then he built a lean-to shelter to sleep on for the night. Thanks to this vidio I was able to teach him the skills that saved his life.

  18. donkey kong says:

    thats cool

  19. cool says:

    awsome

  20. SuperScout1 says:

    I was a Boy Scout, am an Eagle Scout, and love building fires. Great job on the video guys! But I would have to say that there are many more than just three ways to build a fire. For those of you who want to survive anywhere, here are a few more methods =)

    – Single(1) match
    – Battery and steel wool
    – Burning laser light
    – Lighter
    – Drop of water in jar/cup
    – Fire from ice – the natural lens
    – Pop can and chocolate – parabolic lens

    Have fun!

  21. K man says:

    Steel wool and a battery works too.

  22. bman3792 says:

    Man, I’ve got to try that!

  23. chaoscontrol says:

    AWESOME!

  24. Sonic200mph says:

    One word: WOW!!!

  25. rock and roll says:

    so cool

  26. wierdo78 says:

    like you would not use matches.

  27. 1crazyguy says:

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

  28. THE BUSTER says:

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

  29. bball13 says:

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

  30. Skits says:

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

  31. pooh bear says:

    this ia great i have to try this some time

  32. slick says:

    way awesome!!!!

  33. mitch says:

    I have a magnifieng glass with me all the time.

  34. dude says:

    Loved it, especially the flint and steel.

  35. jman says:

    It looks so easy to them

  36. lol' says:

    i have the flint and steel but i prefer friction bow

  37. Affe says:

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

  38. blahaha says:

    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.

  39. Agent Lynam says:

    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.

  40. dude54 says:

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

  41. skinny willy says:

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

  42. scatman990 says:

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

  43. Mandalore7 says:

    awesome

  44. boy1278 says:

    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.

    • bsaqmaster140 says:

      Yes a really good thing to remember.
      A good tinder that I use is charred cloth.

      And remember only you can prevent a forest fire.

  45. Fire freak says:

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

  46. anomonous says:

    cool

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