Step 1: Getting Wooly
1 pad of steel wool ( you can use S.O.S. pads but they don't smell nice when they burn and if they get wet the soap doesnt let the steel wool burn well. Also steel wool when wet rusts very quikly, so it's a good idea to keep it in a plastic baggy when not in use.)
1 Lighter or
1 Box or pack of matches or
1 9v battery ( you can use AA, C, or D batteries but you will need two of said types of batteries to be able to light the steel wool. You can also use a cell phone battery or camera battery if in a survival situation.)
* saftey disclamer*
Never leave matches or lighters where children can reach them.
If children are going to be doing the lighting of any fires they should be supervised and assisted by responsible and knowledgable adults.
Steel wool when ignited produces noxious fumes. Try not to inhale said fumes for they can be harmful to your health.
Step 2: Hot Metal, Oh Yeah! M/
Step 2: Then take a bit of the steel wool and tear it away from the unrolled portion.
Step 3: You will then want to fluff the steel wool so as to separate the fibers and make sort of a nest out of it.
Step 4: Now make your fire base how you want it ( Teepee, Log Cabin, etc., etc.)
Step 5: Being close to where you want to start your fire you can directly light your steel wool with a lighter or matches.
The other method of lighting your steel wool is to take both terminals of the 9v battery and touch them to the steel wool wich will ignite it.
Step 6: now place the burning steel wool in your fire base with kindleing and voila one simple and expediant fire starter.
Step 3: Sap Is Your Friend!
You will need:
1 Lighter or
1 Box or book of matches
1 Small stick
Pine Needles or the fine strips of wood on the backsides of bark from deadfell trees. You can also make these by shaveing down bark or sticks. for the Pine Needles you want about two hand fulls, for the wood you will want about two hands cupped worth. It's a little tedious for the shaved stuff, but well worth it in the end.
Pine Sap. You can either go and score 5 inch long cuts into a pine tree and wait or you can find where limbs have been broken or sawed off and collect it from there. The sap that is hard and looks crystalized is the best and easiest to work with. It normaly is amber and/or white in colour as you will see in the picture. If the sap is still wet you can use a small stick to collect the sap to eliminate it getting stuck on your hands. If you do get it on your hands just put a little dirt on the residue and rub your hands together. Keep adding small amounts of dirt until the residue is removed from your hands
And if possible to find, Pine Cones. They will act as fuel and give the sap something to stick to when it melts
Step 4: That Sticky-icky Pine Fire!
Step 2. Make your fire base how you want it ( Teepee, Log Cabin, etc., etc.)
Step 3. Place your Pine Needles in the base of your Fire Base.
Step 4. If you have Pine Cones, take your knive and remove the leaves away from the cone and put them in the fire base as well.
Step 5. Now you want to take about a hand full worth of the pine sap and try to squish it together into two to three small sticks or balls, not one large ball.
Step 6. Now place those balls or sticks of pine sap in with the Pine Needles and Pine Cone leaves with the exception of one.
Step 7. Take that last remaining bit of sap and wrap it around the end of a stick and light the sap. Then use the sap to ignight the other pieces of sap.
As the sap melts it will spread over the neddles and pine cone leaves and burn for quit a bit of time. enough tme to dry and light damp tinder and fuel wood.