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How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Charcloth is a material that has been “cooked” like charcoal is at high temperatures until it becomes black. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember. This ember can be transferred to a tinder bundle and blown into a flame.

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Video: Five things you need to know about using a ferrocerium rod for emergency survival firemaking.

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Your survival gear is as effective as your ability to use. Here is how to use a ferrocerrium rod to make sparks for firemaking.

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Survival kit: Make a Brick Rocket Stove for Emergency Situations

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If you can stack bricks, you can make an effective biomass rocket stove. The materials are cheap, and usually readily available during a disaster. Most importantly, it is a very simple survival skill to learn.

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Survival firemaking: Make a tinder bundle from a piece of natural fiber rope

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Gathering the materials and making a tinder bundle or nest is a critical part of survival firemaking. Basically, the nest is a collection of natural flammable fibers, small enough to easily ignite. But here’s where the survival skills come in – what if it’s really wet out, and the right materials are scarce?

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Stocking stuffer: Make an effective firemaking kit out of recyclables

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Can you easily access your matches if you need to start a survival fire? Check out these different kinds of match containers before choosing.

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Recycle those junky candles into a survival firestarter

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Everybody has some clunky, junk candles they will never use. Here’s how to convert them into an effective firestarter, using materials you probably already have.

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How to: An easy way to fire up your rocket stove

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It’s easy to build a rocket stove, but it may be a challenge to light one. Here’s an easy method.

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How to Survive: Start a fire with your snowmobile video

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Here is how to start a fire with a snowmobile.

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Should you include waterproof matches in your survival gear?

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Every survival manual recommends carrying some form of fire ignition system. But I don’t recommend taking waterproof matches and here is why.

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How To: Combine charcloth and a non-functional lighter for ignition

150 150 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Suppose your butane and/or Zippo-style lighter both fail, but continue to spark. Here is how you can use a piece of charcloth to catch a spark and get that initial ignition.

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