Knowing techniques for starting a fire in the absence of matches or a lighter is something you can always be thankful for. The key to having a solution to an emergency situation, always, is to plan ahead. Even if you’re just going on a day hike, it is wise to bring a pack of items that can have a universal purpose. These items will generally vary by individual preferences and type of excursion, but if you think about it, there are certain essentials you are invariably going to need: warmth and shelter.
The reason we’re posting videos instead of step-by-step written tutorials is because some of them are just too wacky to believe without seeing them for yourself! Don’t forget to have your tinder and wood supply ready when you try these methods. We hope you enjoy learning how to make a fire with anything but a flame.
Supplies: Fine steel wool and a battery
Supplies: Aluminum can, chocolate bar, cloth or paper (even the chocolate bar wrapper!)
Supplies: Condom, bottle of water
Photo via US Army Africa