Battery and steel wool:
If you have the materials, this is the fastest method. Raid a smoke detector for a nine volt battery-be sure to replace it when done-and check under the kitchen sink for extra fine steel wool. Fine will also work, just not as well. Coarse will not work; the individual fibers are too thick to get hot enough to ignite. Touch the live end of the battery along a small tuft of wool, and almost instantly you will see embers as the electricity heats the very fine “wires” in the steel wool. A few quick puffs should product a flame, but be quick about getting tinder in contact with flaming wool, as the flame will be gone as fast as it comes.
A soda can and either a chocolate bar or toothpaste:
Say what? This one is kind of bizarre, but you find a 12 ounce soda can and use the chocolate bar or toothpaste as a polish. Gently rub, rub, rug the shiny bottom of the can with either substance. Chocolate is supposed to work better, but it pains my soul to see any chocolate in this world go to waste. Once the bottom is shiny as a mirror, that’s exactly what you have-a mirror that can concentrate the sun’s rays just like your water bottle. Aim at a pile of tinder, focus until it smokes, puff gently until the flames catch, then eat the rest of the chocolate bar while congratulating yourself on being clever. Until you remember that a butane lighter would have been twenty times faster.
You can find a great DIY video HERE
Antifreeze and Potassium Permanganate:
Never heard of it? More people have this in their garage than you think. If you get your water from a well and have a filter to remove impurities, especially iron, this is what you use to regenerate the filter. It’s a powerful oxidizer, and reacts with the glycerin in common auto anti freeze to produce a reliable flame. Just like with the brake fluid and chlorine mix the two together and you WILL get a fire.
I hope you never have to use any of these methods, but they are available if you do need to. On second thought, by a six pack of butane lighters and stick one or two everywhere-your car, your kitchen drawer, and of course, your 72 hour kit. But reliable is boring, eh?
Other useful resources:
Survival MD (Best Post SHTF Medical Survival Guide Ever)
Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)
Backyard Innovator (All Year Round Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)
Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )
Liberty Generator (Easy DIY to build your own off-grid free energy device)
Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)
Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )
Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)
Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)