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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.
 
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Step 1: Items

-Flashlight
-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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alechuga4 months ago

Thanks for sharing a piece of your knowledge!

XdruidX9 months ago

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

TRANSLTR3 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.
hahah
haahah, right on!
johnatwork4 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.
chipper353 years ago
Very tasteful guidance on this step.....well-put.
qewt3 years ago
don't touch my Mag
r_gene3 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.
ifire5 years ago
Why not just remove the cover....no offense....
JayV (author)  ifire5 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- owen1023 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)
ph1lt3ch4 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.
wiillii5 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)  mrtentaclenun5 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)  Ronnieisaacs5 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.