Introduction: How to Start a Fire With a Flashlight.

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This Instructable will show you how to start a fire with a flashlight. A good sized flashlight, not a pocket sized one. I would like to say thank you to Les Stroud, AKA: Survivorman for having this on his Colorado Rockies episode. BE CAREFUL AND DO THIS IN A WELL CONTAINED AREA SO NOTHING ELSE STARTS ON FIRE. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS OR ARSONS. ALWAYS BE LAWFUL AND CAREFUL.

Step 1: Items

-Tinder (dead grass and leaves. Just something that will ignite safely.)
-secondary tinder: a pile of dead grass for the campfire
-common sense: don't be stupid when doing this

Step 2: Break the Glass Cover

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Break the glass cover of the flashlight, and get the glass out of it. Do not damage anything else.

Step 3: Take Out the Bulb and Break It

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Break the glass of the bulb, be careful not to damage the filament inside.

Step 4: Put It Back in the Flashlight.

Screw the remains of the bulb back into the flashlight. No picture. Don't really need it.

Step 5: Place Tinder

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Put the tinder for the fire into the top of the flashlight. Fill it to the top.

Step 6: Turn It On

It may take a few tries, but it should ignite. Sometimes it doesn't work, don't come crying to me if it doesn't.

Step 7: Move to Dead Grass Clump Campfire Ball

Move the fire over quickly to the secondary tinder on the ground until the fire is transferred. Then, dump all of the fire from the flashlight onto the campfire. Then get away.

Step 8: There You Go!

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TMAC5147 (author)2016-04-27

Just to clarify, do you turn the flashlight on and off until it catches or do you turn it on and leave it on until fire starts?

geoffreye (author)2014-12-08

Realy cool and useful but i guess if you can pay a flashlight you will also be able to pay a matchbox

alechuga (author)2014-07-17

Thanks for sharing a piece of your knowledge!

XdruidX (author)2014-02-11

here's a tip, use matches! it's easier and you don't waste perfectly good mag lite!

TRANSLTR (author)2011-01-14

No problem if you have trashed your torch starting a fire, and later you need to see where you're going. Simply use your cigarette lighter to illuminate your path.

Blakesta98 (author)TRANSLTR2012-03-27


firefletcher (author)TRANSLTR2011-04-11

haahah, right on!

johnatwork (author)2010-09-07

Great instructable.... except you have ruined the flashlight and the girlfriend is going to be upset if she needs to pee in the middle of the night and no flashlight eh. LOL

rudedude119 (author)johnatwork2012-03-25

she could use the torch fire as a light

Razanur (author)johnatwork2011-09-12

better then she froze to death.

chipper35 (author)2011-08-02

Very tasteful guidance on this step.....well-put.

qewt (author)2011-07-15

don't touch my Mag

r_gene (author)2011-02-04

breaking the bulb is a bad idea. Tie a wire bread tie to a shoe lace and use a battery from the flashlight to make a fire. Just touch the ends of the wire to the battery.

ifire (author)2009-08-04

Why not just remove the offense....

JayV (author)ifire2009-08-04

ifire, no offense taken, but I believe that breaking it is just that much more fun.

owen102 (author)JayV2010-09-18

u may think its fun but what if it rains and u need to use ur flashlight?

-max- (author)owen1022011-01-30

use the secondary bulb that comes with the maglight. (uswaly< behind the spring in the battery holder, there is a secondary bulb.)

owen102 (author)2010-09-18

expensive way to make a fire (expecally in the middle of nowhere)

ph1lt3ch (author)2010-05-21

 I guess we dudes that have moved onto microcontrolled  LED based flashlights are boned unless we have some steel wool, even then I'd be afraid to burn out the current control :P  Never tried popping steel wool with a single AA, a 9v is brilliant though.

atombomb1945 (author)2009-08-05

The easier way is to just remove the cover, and the bulb. Then take some steal wool and touch it to the contacts. The steal wool will actually catch on fire, and you can put everything back together.

plumber4 (author)atombomb19452009-09-16

You are absolutely right. You don't have to break the glass out in either method. Why? The steel wool method that you described makes more sense. Both will work.

wiillii (author)2009-09-07

i don't think so i want this lamp also i prefer wood way :DD

lord voldamort (author)2009-08-24

i dont think the flashlight has to be big...

airsoftjim123 (author)2009-08-05

Interesting way to make fire

mrtentaclenun (author)2009-08-04

How many times does this work with the same flashlight? Only once? More?

JayV (author)mrtentaclenun2009-08-04

Not sure about that. I would guess that it would work a few times. Probably more.

There are much better ways to start a fire in the wilderness without breaking a piece of equipment you may need.

JayV (author)Ronnieisaacs2009-08-04

Well Ronnieisaacs,...duh. I never said that there weren't better ways, I was just saying that this could be fun to do and it works. No offense, though.

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