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I have used all of the following methods successfully. Each one CAN produce fire, but is not guaranteed to. My personal favorites are the fire piston and the flint and steel. I have noted a few "ibles" about making both. Certainly you could also purchase both. They are small and easy to pack, and have a high success rate. But I suppose you never know when all you'll have is a few sticks and a shoestring so it's good to know how to use 'em.

Please note that I did not have images available for the techniques listed here so I let Google fix that for me. I noted no copyright notices on the sites where the images were located.

Step 1: Hand Drill

Hand Drill
Using a hand drill is one of the simplest friction methods, but high speed can be difficult to maintain because only the hands are used to rotate the spindle. It works best in dry climates.

Step One Cut a V-shaped notch in the fireboard, then start a small depression adjacent to it with a rock or knife tip. Set a piece of bark underneath the notch to catch the ember.

Step Two Place the spindle, which should be 2 feet long, in the depression and, maintaining pressure, roll it between the palms of your hands, running them quickly down the spindle in a burst of speed. Repeat until the spindle tip glows red and an ember is formed.

Step Three Tap the fireboard to deposit the ember onto the bark, then transfer it to a tinder bundle and blow it to flame.
<p>This is a great article.When you're standing in the cold outdoors with no lighter,it would really help to have tried some of these things ahead of time.Once at 15 below at night,my Bic wouldn't light,and my propane heater tried to light,but couldn't.I've tried to improvise a plough fire starter,but dry wood and wood type are critical.A man usually has shoe laces or a belt to work with,even if he's caught unprepared,but it really helps to know where and how to identify usable materials before he freezes,and how to quickly use them.</p>
<p>The built-in striking blade takes off enough material to start a fire but will not cause excessive wear, can be flipped over to show a fresh striking surface. Wetfire tinder is typically composed of paraffin wax, which is immune to moisture and a flammable, smokeless material.. <a href="http://patriotdeal.com/collections/all/products/flint-firestarte" rel="nofollow">http://patriotdeal.com/collections/all/products/flint-firestarte</a>r Use this code &quot;PD10&quot;and save 10%.</p>
<p>check this out</p><p>https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.studika.firecraft</p>
Cool instructable! If you were in a cold climate which would be your favorite choice or choices of primitive fire methods?
<p>Some organized<br>thoughts of firemaking Developments , time line for interested history<br>bushcrafter buffs ;-)</p><p>Primitive<br>Fire skills =(before 8th Century BC) = </p><p>.................................Handdrill and Bow Drill fire making</p><p>................................Stonefire making (flint on flint)</p><p>............................... Fireplough </p><p>............................... Firesaw </p><p>.............................. Lightning. </p><p>................................Charmaterial<br><br>Classical Fire skills =(iron age 8th century BC Europe) <br>.............................. ParabolicMirrors/Reflectors/BurningMirrors(Ancient Egypt-Present) </p><p>.............................. Metaltinderbox with Flint &amp; Steel</p><p>............................. <br>Magnifying lens (13th century by Roger Bacon) </p><p>.............................. Matches1805 </p><p>.............................. Flintlock Lighter 1823 <br><br>Modern Fire skills = 1900-Present date</p><p>................................BicLighter (1973 ) </p><p>................................FerroRod (inventor Carl Auer von Welsbach 19th Century) </p><p>............................... FresnoLens (mid 19th century French physicist, Augustin Fresnel) </p><p>...............................9v Battery/radio transistor battery (1950's)&amp; SteelWool (1890's)<br>................................Glycerin (1940's) &amp; Potassium Permanganate<br>( 1950's)</p><p>Cheers ;-) </p>
<p>match or a lighter maybe</p>
It was a primitive fire starting instructable
This is an awesome instructable. However, it is copied almost directly from this article (except step 6): http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/survival/fire/2006/10/seven-ways-light-fire-without-match?photo=0#node-1000014415 <br>Maybe you should cite it so you don't get in trouble.
charcloth is not actually set on fire, throw some in a metal container and then throw near fire to produce
There are actually a few ways of making char cloth. One is to put a cotton rag or material such as a piece of blue jeans into an airtight metal containder and put it in the fire. Another is to burn it and then stomp it out when it's a dark brown color.
Correct, the point is to burn off some of the carbon so that it <em>doesn't</em> combust. To set them on fire is a silly and&nbsp;inefficient&nbsp;waste of material. But, the author can do whatever works for him.&nbsp;
A magnifying glass isn't primitive enough for you?
Hmm, didn't know they had magnifying glasses during paleo times.
If your speaking to me a magnifying glass is about as Sherlock Holmes as I wish to get, but no, it's not what I would call primitive.
Might be hard to have charcloth without the fire first. In that case conk works, it is a tree fungus you can pick off the side of a tree and split open. It will hold a spark and smolder. It varies in appearance, but I find it most consistently on birches and beech trees. Google some images.

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