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How to Start a Fire without Matches

how to start a fire without matches

Knowing how to start a fire is so important for essential survival skills. If you have kids, they may have asked you a time or two, “how do you start a fire?” Knowing how to start a fire without matches is genuinely high-speed/low drag. Now if you have matches stashed all over, that’s great and even better if they are waterproof matches. But do you think they will work when you really need to make a fire? Just nod your head side to side. So let’s learn how to make a fire in the wild, true survival style!

We need three things to start a fire:

1) Tinder – materials which will readily ignite with a spark.
2) Kindling – Small pieces of grass, leaves and twigs
3) Wood – Sustaining fuel. (gradually increase the size of the wood)



So before you start, get some good, dry tinder. What’s the best tinder? Cotton Balls! A little spark will get them burning so long as they are dry. Put some in a sealed plastic bag and put it in your firestarter pail with some Vaseline. Cotton balls with Vaseline will burn very nicely for a few minutes.  You can also use almost any dead vegetation such as dry grass, crumpled up leaves, pine needles, inner bark or wood shavings.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Dry Grass

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Pine Needles

Got any jute twine laying around? That’s pretty flammable, especially if you pull the strands apart. Whatever you use, make sure it’s dry and have kindling ready to go once you have the fire started.


Kindling can be many things such as pine cones and small branches. Once again, they must be dry to catch fire and it’s best to be less than an inch in diameter.

How to Start a Fire without Matches



Now look around for larger burning material. Bigger sticks or even logs split for campfire size is just fine. This will keep the fire going for some time and you don’t have to keep a constant eye on the fire. Now let’s get to the fire starting methods.

Fire Plough Method

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Fire Plough Method

Cut a groove in a board or a good sized branch. The spindle or another branch will run in this groove. Rub the tip of the spindle in the groove and have your tinder close by so when you develop embers, you can place the tinder on top of the ember. Blow a little air into the ember to help catch the tinder and FIRE!

Bow Drill Method

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Primitive Fire Starter

This is probably the best way to make fire without matches as you can control the friction action on a small area relatively easy. The socket is important to keep the shaft from making a hole in your hand and it can be just about anything.

The bow is a branch that will be bent and tied together with a string such as shoelace or some of the jute twine. Make the bow roughly the length of your arm for plenty of power to start the fire.

Cut a notch in the fireboard and place some tinder beneath the notch to catch the ember when you are ‘sawing’. The spindle should rotate pretty fast and in not much time you will be able to generate enough friction/heat to start pieces of the fireboard embers to catch the tinder.


9V Battery and Steel Wool Fire Starter

Fire from steel wool and a battery

How to Make Fire with a Battery?

Now this method is kinda fun so I had to throw it in here for a possible way to start a fire. Unroll some steel wool and rub the contacts of the 9 Volt battery against the steel wool and it will start burning pretty quick. Get your tinder on the wool and again you have fire.

Note: A charged battery is necessary for this to work and the stronger the charge in the battery the quicker the wool will catch fire.

Everstryke – Waterproof Emergency Firestarter – Flint Fire Starter

How to Start a Fire without Matches

Flint Fire Starter

No this is not a match! It is a basic flint system. Pull the serrated handle out of the unit and strike across the edge of the unit to get a flame. No fuel required for this system and you get over 15,000 strikes. Lots of fires!!

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After you get the fire started, you put some kindling on the burning tinder. Once the kindling get going, put some wood on the burning kindling. You can place the wood on the fire in a teepee, pyramid or log cabin method, either way will keep the fire going and you will have succeeded in making a fire without matches.

How to Start a Fire without Matches

There you have it, a quick and dirty primitive fire starting primer with some newer ideas with steel wool, batteries and flint starter that is not so primitive.


Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry

open carry vs concealed carry

Ever wonder why more people don’t open carry today? Some would say, “Why would you”.

There are many different ways of looking at the issue. But it’s something to consider even after a terrible incident as we just saw in Las Vegas a few days ago (which would not have changed considering the issue we speak of today).

I do understand the notion of potentially becoming a target during the highly unlikely event of a violent encounter. However a potential violent situation may also be averted if the criminal sees someone else who is openly carrying. Would you agree or disagree? It must also be said that being in a crime prone area would increase the potential to be involved in a violent situation which shows the old adage of location is key, still holds true.

open carry vs concealed carry

I also understand the potential for a percentage of the common public to become uncomfortable seeing another who is openly carrying. This is specially true in population dense areas where many are ‘programmed’ anti-gun or certain cities/states that do not agree with the 2nd Amendment.

Would we feel compelled or more comfortable to open carry if we saw more doing it around us? What about concealed carry? How many of them are around us?

I think the most important aspect of carrying a firearm on your person is knowing how to use the weapon. 

Did you hear that? Yes, know the weapon before you carry it. Go to the range and practice with your carry weapon. Please don’t think you are going to get a concealed carry permit (if you need one), buy a new gun and strap it to your waist and be safe; it’s folly! You need training and practice to get prepared for an event you never want to have to deal with. Trust me! Protect yourself and your family!

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Looking for Curious what your state is?? Look below for your state and always check with local law enforcement to verify.

Open Carry States Without Permit

New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Check for caveats!
(e.g. vehicle, rural only, city jurisdictions, other restrictions)


Open Carry States With Permit

New Jersey
North Dakota
Rhode Island

Check for caveats!
(e.g. vehicle, rural only, city jurisdictions, other restrictions)


No Open Carry States

New York
South Carolina


Constitutional Carry States

Idaho (residents only)
New Hampshire
West Virginia
Wyoming (residents only)


You Might be a Survivalist if……..

You Might be a Survivalist if

You might be a Survivalist/Prepper IF…

– you have more food than the local Mini-Mart.

– you can spout the location of every mosque, nuclear target, and possible civilian targets in a tri-state area.

– your wife has to remind you to leave the college fund money alone when puchasing “stuff”.

– you have more money tied up in your BOV than you do your BOL.

– the local police chief calls you when the have a question about firearms.

– the Fire Department has you on the list as a source of available water during a time of crisis.

– You have enough experience with shaking cans so that you can tell what is in it even when there is no label on it.

– You know 15 ways to preserve meat, but can’t answer the question “what’s for dinner honey?”.

– The aforementioned Fire Department has a map of your house indicating powder and silver storage (think falling safe) locations to be aware of if ever there is a fire.

– You know what a “fan Di-Pole” is and you actually have a six legged one on your property.

– Your three year old learned “the 10” of firearms safety before he even knew how to read.

– Your one year old practices OPSEC.

– You bought diamonds that had nothing to do with making a woman happy.

– You have 3 backups to every resource that enters your home.

– Your will is written so cryptically that the attorney calls it a “Scavenger Hunt”.

– You have parts guns that support your backup guns.

– you know that hail and solar panels = SHTF

– You own more rounds of ammo than you have dollars in the bank.
–  Walmart calls to let me know the 5 gal. buckets are in stock again.