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Fire starter
by: Anonymous

Why not just carry a nine volt battery? That will light the steel wool, and your flashlight bulb is still intact. Also bear in mind that most flashlights today don't have bulbs anyway; they have LEDs.

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Not All Flashlights
by: Biff

I think about this whenever I get a flashlight. Unfortunately, all the flashlights I buy today are LED. I don't think this method works with one of those.

I do wear a fire starter I purchased at a Sam Walton brand store around my neck above my dog-tag medical alert tags. As long as I have use of both hands, I can start a fire anywhere I could with a bulb element.

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Torch and Wire
by: Recalcetrant

Got your quality torch with quality batteries, then you just need to utilise anything you may carry or find to complete the circuit in a small space of the steel wool, with the torch batteries.
Piece of fence or electrical wire, key ring, key, whatever.

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Or use jumper cables!!!
by: Ian Gerszewski

I have used this method a few times to start a fire. I would just take the D batteries out of my maglite and touch the steel wool to the positive and negative terminals to get it to light. One day I was camping with the wife and the batteries didn't have enough juice to spark the steel wool. (we forgot matches and lighters!)

So I hooked up the jumper cables to my car battery, and then grabbed the steel wool with the other end of the cables. That steel wool lit right up and started burning so fast I almost got burned before I could get it in the fire. Got the fire going quickly!

Works great, just be careful.

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9 Volt battery
by: Seth

All you have to do is touch the steel wool to a 9 volt battery. Same effect. You might need the flashlight later.

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steel wool
by: Anonymous

Amazing works great and makes me giddy! Knowing I can ignite a fir with steel wool and batteries!

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same but different
by: Anonymous

2 aa batteries held together pos to neg then the other 2 ends shorted out with one piece of fine steel wool will also work

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good idea
by: Anonymous

very helpfull I don't carry a 9 volt battery when I'm hiking but I do carry a flashlight thx

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I have a way to do this with out destroying your flashlight.
by: Matthew

The steel wool method also works if you just use the batteries. A nine volt works best, but you can do it with a d size too.

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use a9 volt battery instead
by: Anonymous

save your flashlight and use a 9 volt battery instead

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