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Survival: Starting Fire Stories

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Use a Bow Drill to Make Fire

You've probably seen this technique done countless times in magazines or on TV. Now, learn how to coax up a flame using wood, friction, and a few simple tricks. Photos by AJ Powell

Survive With...Egg Crate, Dryer Lint, and a Candle

Individually, dryer lint, cardboard egg crates, and candles seem pretty unglamorous -- not to mention useless as survival tools. But combine them and they transform into an unstoppable, rainproof firestarter. Snow, wind, mud: We’ve tested this nuclear option in the worst conditions, and it’s the best we’ve ever tried. Here’s how to make one.

Survival A to Z: Fire

You don't need a magnifying glass to coax a flame from the sun.

Survival: Light 'Em Up

Wet, cold, lost, hungry: In desperate times, nothing improves your changes of survival more than a roaring blaze. We tested every fuel source under the sun to show you how to start a fire every time.

Troubleshoot This: Can't Ignite Damp Wood

Maximize your spark's potential with a tinder bundle that will burn anywhere.

How-To Slideshow: Learn to Build an Emergency Fire

Lost and alone without your gear? Don't just sit there. Get a fire going.

Survival: In The Wild with...Only a Knife

Long before satellite beacons, humans thrived in the wild with the best technology available: a knife. And with that one tool and some basic knowledge, they fulfilled all life-sustaining needs.

Survival: Lost with...Only a Bottle of Whiskey

Put that hooch to good use with these tips for starting a fire, treating water, and even signaling for help.

How to Start a Fire With Fungus

Chaga, or "tinder fungus" and other natural firestarters abound in the backcountry–you just have to know where to look for them.

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