Fire Trough

Man using a fire trough.

Man using a fire trough.

A fire trough is a slab of relatively flat, durable wood about 1 - 2 feet in length with a long groove that runs down the middle of it, continuing down toward the base. There is also a spindle as wide as the groove that can be ran down its length.



To construct a fire, kneel down.

Place the trough under your foot, so the groove end is running away from you to the ground.

Place tinder under groove end. Then push your spindle through the groove repeatedly. The groove will start to heat up, and eventually will heat up enough to char the groove, and hot ashes will be pushed down the groove into the tinder.

Once enough ashes have been gathered in the tinder, blow it into flame.

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Battery to ignite a flame

by Johnny
(Canada)

You take 2 "D" batteries and open (they can be dead or still good) then take out the carbon rods be carful not to break them! Take a "9 volt" and take each of the carbon rods and put one rod in the + and one in the - then touch both the rods together. It creates an arch.

Have dry tinder and touch the "arch" and blow gently this will ignite a flame! Trust me on this, it does work!

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New gadgets to make and start a fire

by Todd Owen
(Denver,Colorado - USA)

OLDY , BUT STILL A GOODY !!!

OLDY , BUT STILL A GOODY !!!

I see so many on here talking about all the new fangled gadgets to make and start a fire. I too have fallen in the past into the same mindset of having to have those "cool" new tech toys.





My wife and I camp about 5 weeks out of the year in the back country of Colorado. We seldom "car" camp either.

From all that i have gathered and seen from others over the years a couple of cheap BIC lighters tied on a string and wrapped with duct tape is still the best way to START a fire. I have a couple of the mini lighters that fit great into an old film canister.

I encourage anyone to learn new things and better ways to survive, but you don't have to buy tons of stuff to have fun and be adventurous in the woods or even just a day hike.

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Birthday candles

by David
(United States )

Birthday candles + cake!

Birthday candles + cake!

You mentioned lighting a candle to save on matches. I use the "trick" birthday candles in my personal survival kit. Because they re-light after being blow out by the wind.... a good thing.


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Sure Fire Starting

by Shaykh Idris
(Young NSW Australia)

Get everything ready, before you even begin to spark or start a flame. Twigs and tinder and wood, and a cleared area, either in a small pit or within a circle of rocks, not river stones.



Light the thinnest twigs first: hold their ends above the flame.

A birthday candle is a good place to start.

Put the burning twigs below the next grade of twigs, and from there you have it: a large flame gets the bigger bits burning.

A little breeze will help it to get going, but keep it screened from wind, that it can last longer.

Have a supply of firewood at hand, and be prepared to throw dirt or water over it if it should get out of hand. Smoke gets in your eyes.

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Fire with a lens

by Kasten
(United States)

I have a quick skill you can do when you are going to go in the woods. If in an urgent situation happen and you have a camera or video camera with you, smash it to get a lens to make a fire or signal someone.

Also you can us the tape from the tape in the video camera to tie something. A camera can be very helpful.

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Great fire starting technique

by Dylan
(spring,TX)

First you get a arched stick like a bow. If you have rope tie it to each end of the stick. Get a straight stick wrap it around the string. Get a separate piece of wood put a notch in it and then put all your weight on your arms swing the bow back and forth, until it starts making ashes. Then put ashes in kindle and blow.

the pic. is the ashes

FIRE ROCKS!!!!!

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Butane torch lighters

by Ebvan
(United States)

This may seem a bit obvious, but one of those high pressure butane torch lighters in your survival kit will burn almost anything that is flammable. Mine has an O ring sealed cap and cost under 10 bucks.

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Fire with a flashlight

A lot of people know you can use the bulb and that is all I ever see on these pages. But you don't have to waste the bulb or the batteries.

Just pull out the reflective cone part, take your tinder and stick it in the hole from the bottom side.

Direct the beam like you would with a magnifying glass, and if its nice and sunny you should get smoke pretty quick.

Let smoke for a minute or so so you get a good cherry on your tinder.

If done well enough your tinder will actually start on fire, not just an ember. The down side is you need the sun. I have done this dozens of times and it works great.

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Pop can

by Michael
(United States)

If you have a pop can and tooth paste, take some tooth paste and polish the bottom of the pop can. Make it as shiny as possible. Find some dry tinder, or split wet wood and use the dry middle. Get as small shavings as possible and focus the sun light with the pop can bottom.

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Double the number of your matches

by Daniel
(United States)

Most paper matches (like those you get at the bar or hotel room) can be split into TWO halves. It's easy. Rip the match out of the book, split it in half from the bottom to the top. (Imagine two ply toilet paper being split in half). It's that easy!

Now you have twice as many matches as before.

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Old style firesteel

by Andy
(Madison,VA)

One way to carry thousands of fires in your pocket is to carry an old style firesteel on your person. Everything else can be found in the wild as chert, quartz, or flint for the spark. Fire fungus for tender and the inner bark of certan trees for tender.

Fire steels can be purchased online buckskinner suppliers such as Crazy Crow,Panther Primatives, or JA Towsand.


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Fire Piston

by Peter Cunningham
(Australia)

All you need is a Fire Piston. They work every time with out fail and last forever. Please look at web sites:
www.wildersol.com/Index.html
www.onagocag.com/piston.html

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