Introduction: Making a Simple Fire

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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

Picture of 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 (author)2009-05-09

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

BlaZe786 (author)2009-04-26

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

Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-01-18

i built one of these into my wallet

emartin (author)2008-09-30

pretty cool and easy to make

yerjoking (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 (author)yerjoking2008-08-23

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

yerjoking (author)sonnimo12342008-08-23

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

inventionmaker (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 (author)inventionmaker2008-07-01

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

roverine (author)2008-02-12

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

omnibot (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 (author)2007-12-03

Its actually quite hard to get something alight this way.

Not really.........

Have you done it?

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

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

IamMcLovin (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 (author)2007-11-23

totally cool invention!

scooterdriver (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 (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 (author)bOmB_GeEK2007-11-21

thanks this really means alot to me:)

pyro13 (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 (author)pyro132007-11-20

thanks this is one of my first instrucable:)

firemanfu (author)2007-11-20

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

ac1D (author)2007-11-19

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

GorillazMiko (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 (author)2007-11-19

classic trick!! :p

gamer (author)2007-11-19

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

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