Survival: Starting Fire Stories
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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
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.
You don't need a magnifying glass to coax a flame from the sun.
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.
Maximize your spark's potential with a tinder bundle that will burn anywhere.
Lost and alone without your gear? Don't just sit there. Get a fire going.
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.
Put that hooch to good use with these tips for starting a fire, treating water, and even signaling for help.
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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