Here’s How To Ignite A Fire With An EMPTY Lighter
Since caveman days, fire has been a necessity; unless you’re Frankenstein’s Monster, it’s a good thing. It heats our homes. It powers our cars. (Outta here, Tesla!). It cooks our food. Industry relies on fire. It burns our cigars – and whatever else some of you might smoke… Fire can also mean light, security, and comfort. It can even be used as a weapon.
For all of its uses, it has to have a source. Unless you want to wait for lightning to strike a dry tree, like our ancient cave-dwelling ancestors, then you know you should have a fire-creation device. More than one, if you’re smart – and, of course, you’re here.
In fact, it pays to have a primary starter, a back-up, and back-up to the back-up. That’s what today’s video lesson is about. Paul and the wonderful folks at Outdoor Adventure made a great presentation about starting fires. It’s a quick procession through the methods – a few of the more common kinds, we’ll just skim through.
Let’s say you want to start a campfire, quick and easy. You’ve got the tender, kindling, and fuel logs stacked up and ready, and all you need is that magic spark. In the rawest sense, that spark usually comes from something called Zippo of Bic. Next, down the fiery line, are matches. Next, comes the ferrocerium or magnesium rods, the old “flint” striking methods.
Two Examples, right here:
All pictures shot from OA video.
At the very end of the pyro line, our friend the sun and a magnifying glass could do the trick. At last, you’ll be rubbing two sticks together, furiously. That, or you’ll try smashing random rocks, looking for a sparky interaction. Theoretically, you could wait on lightning or a volcanic eruption, but why? You’ve got a lighter. Just use it.
But, wait! What if you have a lighter but it is completely out of fuel. No flame, right? To complicate matters, pretend that you dropped your matches and magnesium in the creek – gone forever. No fire for you? Wrong.
You Can Make Fire With A “Dead” Lighter
Your target will be the most flammable tinder you can find: in the video’s case, it’s a cotton ball. Notice that Paul pulls about half of the strands loose? There’s a reason for that.
Separating the otherwise tighter ball creates more surface area – more tiny spaces for a spark, and a fire to take root. Pinch and pull:
Next, you’ll need to modify that depleted lighter a little.
Exercise your finger grip and tear the little metal shield cover off of the tiny nozzle from which the fuel used to flow. It’s a wind guard and a safety mechanism that is now totally useless. It’s in the way, in fact, so get rid of it.
Now that the whole inner workings of the lighter are on display, you’ll clearly see how it really works. Your thumb turns the little wheel, underneath which resides a fire steel. The “magic” behind the lighter turns out to be one of those simple striker mechanisms after all. It makes sparks. When the lighter was full of juice, the sparks ignited the fuel in the confines of the area in and behind the metal guard.
Clearing the guard out of the way opens the space and allows those same sparks to fly free. And you want them flying straight into your cotton ball.
Keep the wind to a minimum if possible and have some kindling material ready to go as soon as the cotton is ablaze. Ignite it by turning the wheel with your thumb while holding the cotton as close as possible.
It may take a few turns to get going, but once it’s burning, it burns fast. In the video, it’s difficult to see any open flames. The cotton just appears to melt away to nothing, shrinking and turning yellowish. That means the fire is in it and working.
You’ll need to add fuel immediately or else repeat the process.
The next time you realize a lighter is empty, go ahead and try this one when it doesn’t count for much. Get some practice and things will go smoother when it does count. Again, remember that fire – even a little bit of it – is potentially dangerous. Use a little caution and common sense.
And, many, many thanks to Paul and Outdoor Adventure for this handy tip! Now,
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