Starting a fire


#1

I really want to start a fire from scratch using the friction method at least once in my life (two sticks etc). I tried last year but had no luck. after internet research I found you need the correct types of wood but it didn’t mention the species or any other tips (also felt like cheating using the net).
I am going to attempt it again this weekend any tips guys?


#2

Nothing to back this up but I reckon chopsticks would be good for this


#3

I would ideally like to get the wood from the trees outside try and keep authentic


#4

Dead, dry softwood.


#5

Have you done it yourself Colin? I think it should be something everyone should learn, back to nature stuff


#6

Don’t go asking Billy Joel for any tips


#7

Early reviews of my porn debut weren’t great


#8

Tried once. Gave up and used a match instead.


#9

Did it on some teambuilding day. It was really difficult and boring.


#10

Think just rubbing two sticks together is very difficult.

You’re better off using the bow method.

If you just want to use two sticks, you’ll basically need a flat, plank-like piece of wood, and a pointed stick which you push back and forth on top of it.


#11

Obviously the wood needs to be very dry, and you’ll need some sort of kindling ready to catch if you ever actually get it hot enough to spark an ember.


#12

Did you manage it, did give you piece of mind that you could survive a plane crash/ impress a small children


#13

Use two sticks to flick open and light a zippo


#14

Yeah but we had some very specialist stuff. Like a bit of wood and some straw for tinder and a bow.

Basically I think even in a post-apocalyptic zombie society there’ll still be plenty boxes of matches about.


#15

The correct method is to use your desire. Your desire.


#16

ive started a fire with flint and a stone before. people on here didnt believe me


#17

I believe you, isn’t it a secret initiation test all white van drivers must pass?


#18

thank you, and it wouldn’t be a secret if i told you would it


#19

my mate and I set fire to this hornets nest that was in the middle of a massive pile of wood, presumably for bonfire night.

it was in a naval base and we got caught running away. both got a caution. a naval caution, or something.

had to stay in for two long weeks that summer as punishment.

thought we were doing these cunts a favour. hornets are nasty


#20

Insert Keith Flint Firestarter joke here: