Introduction: How to Start a Fire With a Magnify Glass

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I always thought you needed matches or a flint & steel or a lighter to make fire, but you don't it is very simple to start a fire with a magnify glass all you need (other then a magnify glass) is a sunny day. This is also a cheaper way then matches, and can be very useful if you have no other way.

Step 1:

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First build you're fire. I chose to build a log cabin style fire. Here is a link to my instructable on 3 Different Ways to Build a Fire

Step 2: Lighting a Fire

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So find from which direction the sun is coming from, and put you're back to it hold the magnify glass. Hold the magnify glass so the sun goes through it making a small dot of light on a leaf. When the leaf starts to smoke put more leafs behind it, and blow gently on it (this can take a while) After a while a small flame should form. When this happens add more dry leaves. Thats all.

Step 3: CAUTION!

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Remember fire is DANGEROUS and it can spread quickly always have water or sand ready to set it out. I hope you enjoyed this instructable and don't forget to vote.


bdanderson (author)2015-02-13

When my brothers and I were younger; and bored during the summer. My mom would give us a magnifying glass or two and a stack of newspapers/magazines and told us to cut coupons.

Fun :)

JavaProgrammer (author)2015-02-11

nice instructable. just wanted to say that I found that dry dead grass lit the best.

Thanks for the advice :)

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