Yes, lighters are simple tools. They all use the same fundamental principles: heat, and fuel.
The idea of creating a spark as a flame heat source and fuel to sustain it is an ancient one that’s still harnessed today in modern lighters.
Take the Zippo lighter as an example; it has a canister full of butane and a wick that sticks out of the top. When the striker sparks, the wick ignites. Voila! Fire.
The same idea is achievable even without a lighter. Of course, having a lighter on you makes it much easier to produce a flame but only if you know what you’re doing.
Holding a large hot flame against a water soaked log is futile. So you still need to understand the basic principles of fire starting. Read more about usb lighter.
Here’s a rough and dirty guide:
- You need to start with a dry, fibrous fuel source called tinder (start with something like dried leaves, dried grass, cotton, or juniper bark, feather sticks, or just tiny branches). You never want to try and light large chunks of wood to start – you have to work your way up to that.
- Now put this tinder in a dry location as much out of the wind as possible. While these survival lighters can produce a flame in wind and rain, catching flame to tinder is a whole nother problem in these conditions.
- Now before you light your tinder, you need some kindling ready. If you light your tinder and then try to find kindling, you’ll likely come back to expired tinder. Then you’ll have to start over. You want the tinder to immediately start working on the kindling as soon as it’s lite.
- Now it’s time to light the tinder. Hold the flame to the tinder until it’s lite. Then move the flame to other parts of the tinder to get another section of it lite. The more places you can get the tinder lite the better chance of moving the flame from the tinder to the kindling.
- Finally, once the tinder is flaming, you may want to gently blow some fresh air into the base of the flame. This will provide some extra burst of heat and help get your kindling to catch fire.
- If you’ve done this all right, you’ll now have your kindling starting to catch. Now it’s just a matter of adding more kindling and working in some larger logs as well over time.
Easy enough, right? If your experience, this is a no-brainer.
However, you’ve likely learned this from your father, grandfather or a mentor. This isn’t something we know how to do when we’re born. So if you’re a novice fire starter, it can be a challenge, especially in a stressful survival situation.
So practice with your lighters, practice with your stormproof matches, practices with Magnesium Rods, sticks and rocks.