Tutorial: 9 volt battery fire lighting – How to light a fire with a battery and steel wool

Hi guys,
As you well know, lighting a fire is a high priority when you are in the wilderness or a survival situation along with water, shelter and food. Depending on what part of the world you are in it’s importance can vary but there is no denying that it is a fundamental part of basic survival and the ability to create it can make or break a situation. We’ve personally been in a situation where we were unable to make a fire due to heavy rain and a certain amount of carelessness if I had to be honest. It made for a very cold night and also meant that we went hungry as the freshwater crayfish we caught were unable to be cooked. Needless to say, morale was at an all-time low.

I once heard that you should know how to make fire five different ways. That doesn’t mean carrying five lighters, although that’s not a bad idea. We can all tick off at least two when you consider a lighter/matches and a ferro rod. That’s certainly where my knowledge stopped up until about a year or so ago. I added a small magnifying glass to my kit to clock up another method taking me up to three. In my search to find other methods, without beginning my journey into learning the fire-bow or fire-saw, I stumbled across this method. It’s ridiculously simple and just as effective as a ferro rod. In fact, in some ways it’s better because it becomes a mass of embers in itself where a ferro rod just throws one lot of sparks on each attempt.

So check out this tutorial and see what you think. I know you will be surprised and I’m pretty sure you will add it to your kit too.

Thanks again for your support and I hope you get something out of the tutorial.
The Hike or Die Team.