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Essential Wilderness Survival Skill: How to Start a Friction Fire



How to Start a Friction Fire

Knowing how to start a fire without matches is an essential skill of any great survivalist. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to start a friction fire – no lighter needed.

Essential Wilderness Survival Skill: How to Start a Friction Fire

If you find yourself in the wilderness with no lighter on hand, knowing how to start a fire save your life. In this tutorial, we teach you how to start a friction fire using a wooden spindle and fire board. Check out the steps below to see how it’s done, and follow these steps to create an instant friction fire without matches.

Step 1: Find board and spindle.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step One

Find hard wood for your spindle and soft wood for your fire board.

Step 2: Find a bow and string.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Two

Find an arm-length stick of sturdy wood for your bow and a strong string to wrap around the spindle.

Step 3: Locate a handhold.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Three

Find a piece of wood to be your handhold – this will protect your skin from the heat the spindle generates.

Step 4: Prep hole for spindle.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Four

Use a rock to carve out a hole for the spindle to sit in on the fire board.

Step 5: Get poised for efficiency.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Five

Sit on one knee, and prop your wrist against your shin for maximum stability.

Step 6: Mate the board.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Six

Pull your bow back and forth to allow the spindle to further carve out a hole in the fire board.

Step 7: Carve a notch.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Seven

Carve a notch in the fire board to allow oxygen to mix with the wood dust created by the spindle.

Step 8: Start your fire.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Eight

Once again begin pulling your bow back and forth until a significant amount of smoke emerges from the fire board.

Step 9: Transfer your embers.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Nine

Move your embers from under the fire board to fine plant material.

Step 10: Billow the bundle.
How to Start a Friction Fire Step Ten

Blow on the bundle to increase oxygen flow to the embers. Continue until the bundle produces flames.

Check out the video below to see the full tutorial:

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