Picture of How to start a fire with a flashlight.
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
geoffreye9 months ago

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

alechuga1 year ago

Thanks for sharing a piece of your knowledge!

XdruidX1 year ago

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

TRANSLTR4 years ago
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.
haahah, right on!
johnatwork5 years ago
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
she could use the torch fire as a light
better then she froze to death.
chipper354 years ago
Very tasteful guidance on this step.....well-put.
qewt4 years ago
don't touch my Mag
r_gene4 years ago
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.
ifire6 years ago
Why not just remove the cover....no offense....
JayV (author)  ifire6 years ago
ifire, no offense taken, but I believe that breaking it is just that much more fun.
owen102 JayV4 years ago
u may think its fun but what if it rains and u need to use ur flashlight?
-max- owen1024 years ago
use the secondary bulb that comes with the maglight. (uswaly< behind the spring in the battery holder, there is a secondary bulb.)
owen1024 years ago
expensive way to make a fire (expecally in the middle of nowhere)
ph1lt3ch5 years ago
 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.
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.
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.
wiillii6 years ago
i don't think so i want this lamp also i prefer wood way :DD
i dont think the flashlight has to be big...
Interesting way to make fire
How many times does this work with the same flashlight? Only once? More?
JayV (author)  mrtentaclenun6 years ago
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)  Ronnieisaacs6 years ago
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.