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How to start a fire without matches

Herenomatches 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.

81 Comments on How to start a fire without matches

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

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

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

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

  5. way awesome!!!!

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

  7. Loved it, especially the flint and steel.

  8. It looks so easy to them

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

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

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