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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.

79 Comments on How to start a fire without matches

  1. i found that match and matchbox works best

  2. great

  3. Just BTW, that little magnifying glass on your Swiss Army knife won’t even noticeably warm a sheet of dry, black paper in winter, at 40 Fahrenheiit with a light breeze blowing.

  4. next campout……competition to see who can do this….(‘ll bring the “shoelaces” for the cord on the bow…..

  5. You know, Hand sanitizer works as well….
    (To improve a blaze, not to start one)

  6. Wow, amazing, will use this for my scouting life. Thanks!

  7. awesome girl // May 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm // Reply

    im awesome

  8. great I also have a blacksmith made stricker for flint

  9. that is super cool!!!!
    next time i go backpacking i will use them!!!!
    i will buy a flint and steel.
    how much are they?

  10. thats dope yo

  11. I think that it really helps if it really happens. But it is cool

  12. meant to be funny // November 17, 2013 at 5:24 pm // Reply

    COOL!!! BUT I PREFER A FLAMETHROWER!

  13. Colonel Commando // November 12, 2013 at 10:11 am // Reply

    I’ve used the first two and also touching a 9-volt battery to fine steel wool (it really works!) for my Wilderness Survival MB. Tip: If you do use a magnifying glass, which works better than anything else, do it with extremely dry tinder in the middle of the day. Another Tip: Use a magnesium striker block and saw blade, you can buy it at Walmart for about $8-10, and not a flint and steel. It works so much better it’s not even funny.

  14. That was cool!!!!!

  15. That was cool! I know a couple of other ways too.

  16. I have done it all three ways, and a couple of more besides. I will stick with my stormproof matches, home made wax fire starters, and nice lawn chair, to watch my fire in.

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