Introduction: Making a Simple Fire

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a fire out of only two household objects: steel wool and a 9 volt battery.

Step 1: Objects You Need and How to Get It Started

You only Need:
1. 9 volt battery
2. steel wool

To get the fire going:
1. First touch the battery to the steel wool and you should see the steel on fire.
2. Blow on the steel to keep the flame going and put dry leaves on it.
3. Next thing you know, you have a warm large fire!!!!


hellbound666 made it! (author)2009-05-09

i did this and used as a war weapon and won a bb gun war!!!!!!!!!

BlaZe786 made it! (author)2009-04-26

wow this is sooo simple yet cool thanks for sharin...!

Zaphod Beeblebrox made it! (author)2009-01-18

i built one of these into my wallet

emartin made it! (author)2008-09-30

pretty cool and easy to make

yerjoking made it! (author)2008-08-12

This was posted on my birthday, but I like how simple it is, but where can I find steel wool? + 5 btw

sonnimo1234 made it! (author)sonnimo12342008-08-23

thank you for enjoying my instructable:D You can find steel wool in any hardware store:D

yerjoking made it! (author)yerjoking2008-08-23

No problem, I will do this sometime, I'll let you know how I go on

inventionmaker made it! (author)2007-11-23

this instructable is very very useful..especially in case of an emergency. Very simple and very easy to make...useful for camping and other outdoor have my vote man-good luck with the contest!

chip123 made it! (author)chip1232008-07-01

yeah, its great for camping...if you just so happen to have some steel wool and a 9v battery.

roverine made it! (author)2008-02-12

I'm gonna try this one. I like simplicity!

omnibot made it! (author)2008-01-11

Lovely instructable. I've seen this before in survivalbooks. I've tried it a few times but for lighting a cigarette before the shops open I get a cheap electrical toy, harvest wire from it and use that.

Hawaii00000 made it! (author)2007-12-03

Its actually quite hard to get something alight this way.

Johnsons on fire made it! (author)Johnsons on fire2007-12-05

Not really.........

Hawaii00000 made it! (author)Hawaii000002007-12-07

Have you done it?

Johnsons on fire made it! (author)Johnsons on fire2007-12-17

Yah... My room smelled like smoke for a day or two though. What u need to do is use a 9 volt battery, I think,... Well the one that has both the positive and nagative charge on the same side. And i used more steel wool than u did

Johnsons on fire made it! (author)Johnsons on fire2007-12-17

My bad u did use a 9 volt.... (He he)

IamMcLovin made it! (author)2007-11-23

You can also do this if you take apart a maglite to expose the battery wires. This is good for extreme emergencies. I'll post an instructable later if needed

thecreator made it! (author)2007-11-23

totally cool invention!

scooterdriver made it! (author)2007-11-23

you have my vote as well! its a classic and works everytime...thanks for posting it...hope you win!

bOmB_GeEK made it! (author)2007-11-21

Awesome- this really worked! I was able to make a bonfire (not really but i made a large fire!). Good luck in your contest- you have my vote!

sonnimo1234 made it! (author)sonnimo12342007-11-21

thanks this really means alot to me:)

pyro13 made it! (author)2007-11-19

Don't use dry leaves, they tend to smolder but not hold a flame. Use dried grass, shaved bark, or shredded dung.

sonnimo1234 made it! (author)sonnimo12342007-11-20

thanks this is one of my first instrucable:)

firemanfu made it! (author)2007-11-20

you beat me to this is was gonna post one as soon as i took the pics

ac1D made it! (author)2007-11-19

I used to start fire at school with D battery when i was young :D

GorillazMiko made it! (author)2007-11-19

I did another things like this kind of, it can start a fire. It also shocks you. You have to have a 9v battery and a 9v battery clip. Connect it and have the red touch the black wires for a while.. probably 30 seconds max. Smoke will come out, it will get really hot, and if you were holding the wires together, it will shock you. Hard. It's funny. Nice iinstructable!

zjharva made it! (author)2007-11-19

classic trick!! :p

gamer made it! (author)2007-11-19

where did the dry leaves come from, its like if you pulled them out of nowhere.

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