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3 Easy Ways to Make a Fire without Matches

Being able to make a fire without matches or a lighter is a lifesaving skill. Learn 3 easy ways to do it that you can start practicing right away.

One of the most useful skills to have in a survival situation is the ability to make a fire.

It can provide warmth, be used to signal for help, cook, purify water, etc.

But what if you find yourself without matches or a lighter?

Read on to discover three ways to make a fire without using either of those things.

Survival Fires Vlog

Flint and Steel

Having a flint and steel-type survival fire starter is a relatively easy way to start a fire.

First off, before starting any fire, take the time to gather the materials you'll need so the fire is ready to fuel once it catches alight. 

There are a few different types of survival starters, but you can use most of them in the same manner. 

First, scrape off shavings from the ‘fuel’ side of the fire starter (such as the magnesium) onto your tinder.

Then, flip the fire starter around and scrape sparks onto the shavings. Once your tinder catches alight, gently blow into it until a flame is created. Gradually add more and more fuel.

Battery and Steel Wool

When it comes to building a fire, a battery and steel wool may seem silly because you wouldn’t find those things in the wild.

But survival is about being innovative.

You could use the battery of a car or radio. And the steel wool can be replaced with anything that conducts electricity. 

The idea is to close the current in the battery to create sparks that you can use to ignite your tinder

Magnifying Glass

Using magnifying glasses to start a fire is the most difficult of the three methods mentioned here, but it is not impossible.

You basically need to use the magnifying glass to concentrate the sun onto your tinder. 


All the three methods for survival fire starting mentioned here require you to have things to help you.

If you have no resources, you will need to try starting a friction fire such as the bow drill or plow methods.

Learn how to do this and more with 'Evasive Wilderness Survival Techniques'.

Safe training!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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