Well, since there are literally thousands of website pages and youtube videos out there that show how to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together, this isn’t really creative. Boring. Next!
Cell phone and steel wool
Cell phones have a battery that can ignite things like steel wool or small batteries. Watch the magic happen:
Batteries and gum wrapper
I’ve tried this one myself. The trick is to get the wrapper cut small enough that it heats up enough but wide enough that it doesn’t burn up or break before you get your fire started. It takes two batteries because each is 1.5v and that’s not quite enough. You could use a 9v instead, and you can use strips of aluminum foil instead of the gum wrapper. You also have to have your tinder and fire ready to go though because this doesn’t burn very long:
9v and Steel wool
steel wool can be ignited by rubbing both battery posts of a 9V battery, the battery from your cell phone if it’s removable, or wires from a 12v car battery on it. Here’s a quick video of a 9v and steel wool.
Chemical reactions to get a fire going
Brake fluid and chlorine
If you find some chlorine powder or tablets that you can shave or pound into powder, you can combine that with brake fluid to start a fire. You’ll need to use chlorine powder or shaved tablets for a pool because I doubt your laundry chlorine will work. This one is extremely exothermic so it’ll have some force behind it when it combusts. You need to make a big tinder pile and stand back:
Potassium Permanganate and glycerin is my favorite way to start a fire without a lighter theoretically but I haven’t been able to find a way to do it realistically.
Using the sun to start a fire (without having to fly there)
Obviously, a magnifying glass is a great fire starter. One REALLY FREAKING POWERFUL way to do this is to take the Fresnel lens out of a broken projection TV to light a fire. This works so well that you could use this to cook with or heat water or take over a small nation. You can also order smaller fresnel lenses that are more portable. Watch and learn peeps; watch and learn:
I don’t know what he’s talking about with the tinder or whatever but if you have some toothpaste or clay or sand or whatever and a crap load of time to polish the bottom of a soda or beer can, you can get a fire to light. It’s not as easy as you think though:
Reflector from a flashlight
A flashlight reflector is designed to take light from one point and focus it forward. Because mirrors work both ways, you can use flashlight reflectors to focus light into one point. Here’s an interesting video that explains it better than my powerpoint slides would:
This video shows a few ways to start a fire using water as a lens to focus the sun’s energy in one spot. It also shows using sodium, but I don’t know where you’d find that.
5 Ways to start a fire with water
Fire can also be made by compressing air. I’ve included a video showing one way you can make them from scratch but there are many ways to do it with copper or PVC tubing or whatever but you might just want to go ahead and order one of these badass fire pistons instead (it has a firesteel backup that comes with it btw).
I think the best way is still to have a lighter in your pocket as part of your EDC kit as well as in your bug out bag and/or camping gear. The more methods you learn about how to start a fire, the easier it’ll be for you to find a way with what you have in a survival situation. Just make sure you get out there and practice!