The Best Ways to Make Fire Without Matches

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Making a fire without matches is possible by using magnesium flint steel or by using friction to create an ember. Always have tinder ready to ignite with life-saving tips from an experienced wilderness expert in this free video on surviving outdoors.

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Here we are going to see how to build a fire without matches. I have steel which comes from my multi tool or my knife. And flint that comes from this magnesium flint steel, strip. I've got a pile of dryer lint which is a fabulous source of ignition. I've scraped some of the magnesium into that. You could also use burned cotton, that works very well. I've put that into a pile of birch bark. I have some cedar shavings off to the side and another piece of birch bark. So I am going to direct my spark right into the flint. Add my tinder which is handy waiting by. We are going to look at how to start fire with friction now. And I have a bow drill set which has been crafted and practiced with. This is a method that takes a lot of practice if you are going to use this. We have the bow and the spindle, and the base plate and what you do is you go back and forth creating friction and the shavings from this hot spot fall down and create a hot coal. That hot coal then gets picked up and then put into your waiting tinder.

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