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.

Comments about “How to start a fire without matches”

  1. fire says:

    i found that match and matchbox works best

  2. shadow999 says:


  3. Webelo says:

    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. sadie says:

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

  5. Sparker says:

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

  6. Sparker says:

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

  7. awesome girl says:

    im awesome

  8. joey says:

    great I also have a blacksmith made stricker for flint

  9. camper says:

    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. schwartz says:

    thats dope yo

  11. no says:

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

  12. meant to be funny says:


  13. Colonel Commando says:

    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. The Bible says:

    That was cool!!!!!

  15. Waves739 says:

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

  16. Brickman says:

    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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