Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Empty Bic type lighter
- Duct tape
- Small flat blade screw driver
- Needle nose pliers or Multi tool
- Thin kerf saw (I used a hack saw blade and holder)
- Cotton balls
- Zippo lighter fluid
- Small stick
- Mixing container
Step 2: Making the tinder
Step 3: Preparing the Bic
Once the metal band is removed, using either the needle nose pliers or Multi-tool carefully bend the small safety band away from the striker wheel. Using a gentle back and forth motion, remove the safety band from the lighter.
Next, use the pliers (or Multi-tool) to remove the red gas release button and the small metal valve on the oppisite side.
Be careful that you do not bend the plastic "ears" that hold the striker wheel.
Step 4: Cutting the lighter
Once again MAKE SURE THE LIGHTER IS TOTALLY EMPTY! If it isn't completely empty it can not only blow butane in your face there is a chance it will fly across the room.
Step 5: Conclusion
Next take the bottom portion of the Bic and line it up with the top part. Using a peice of duct tape 6-8" long wrap the duct tape around the Bic to hold the two peices together.
Now toss the DIY fire starter in your survival pouch and hope you never need to use it!
While there are many good fire starters on the market today the DIY fire starter in this instructable is easy to make, costing just pennies and works just as well as its more expensive brothers.
As always I look forward to reading your comments!
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