Introduction: Making Fire With Ice!

Use clear lake, pond ice or try boiling water for 3 minutes let the water cool; then boil for 3 minutes again and let cool to remove gas. Create a foil container 2" deep and freeze slowly. Or buy a clear block of ice. To make fire, the ice must be clear.

Look at the bottom of http://primitiveways.com/fire_from_ice.html to see a Big ice lens.

Step 1: Shape the Ice Lens for Fire Making.

Shape the ice lens for fire making. First shave with a knife to get the rough shape of a lens. You can also grind your ice fire lens on cement or a stone.

Step 2: Finish Shaping Your Ice Fire Lens.

Finish shaping your ice fire lens by using the heat of your hand to melt the ice lens smooth.

Step 3: The Edge of Your Lens Should Look Something Like This.

The larger the lens the better: it will collect more sun. You will want the lens to be about 2" thick and more that 6" in diameter. The lens should be smothly curved on both sides

Step 4: Focus the Brightest Spot of the Suns Light Onto Your Tinder.

Locate tinder that is completely dry and finely divided. With the sun at its highest in the sky hold your lens perpendicular to the sun and move it up and down to focus the brightest spot of light onto your tinder. Be careful to avoid dripping water onto your tinder. The tinder will first smoke and then ignite. Carefully add more tinder and very small sticks until a good fire is established.

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KquotesC made it! (author)2015-06-05

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Reiff made it! (author)2013-08-31

Now that is a very good survival skill. That's amazing, how did you come up with this?

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mrmerino made it! (author)2012-05-02

Excellent. Now, someone needs to figure out how to create ice from fire.

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stevet47 made it! (author)2012-05-02

Very cool and simple skill to keep in the back of your brain incase you ever need it! Thanks!

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dombeef made it! (author)2009-04-10

Myth busters....

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Jakwiebus made it! (author)Jakwiebus2012-05-02

came here to say that as well.
by the way: myth plausible but impractical

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Barrettkg made it! (author)Barrettkg2012-05-02

And they might have gotten the idea from the movie, The Edge. They never actually did it but Anthony Hopkins' character mentioned it

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metallica8080 made it! (author)2012-01-29

How exactly do you boil the pond water if you do not have fire to begin with?

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SlickSqueegie made it! (author)SlickSqueegie2012-05-02

If you already have "Pond water" or a clear block of ice, you don't have to boil.

Boiling Tap water removes the stuff that makes our drink Ice look white and cloudy.

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antling made it! (author)antling2012-05-02

LOL..
A very sensible question..

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i_shal_pwn_u_now made it! (author)2008-01-09

mageick man now go make a shot gun outta a soda can

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The nerdling made it! (author)The nerdling2012-05-02

i would love to see that:)

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codydean made it! (author)2009-07-25

survivorman did this once

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GlennD made it! (author)2009-06-20

how cool !

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Gliucoza made it! (author)2009-04-18

i learned something new!!

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pooboy made it! (author)2007-07-20

u copier this is from another site

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wats-a-username made it! (author)wats-a-username2009-04-14

maybe the other site copied it from here?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?

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Matin made it! (author)Matin2007-07-20

It is me in both places; that is if you are talking about Primitive Ways. If you have any doubt ask (emial) any of the other "clan" on the PW site.

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pooboy made it! (author)pooboy2007-07-28

btw nice instructable

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pooboy made it! (author)pooboy2007-07-28

= ok sry didnt mean to get angry at ya

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AznDonut made it! (author)2008-07-01

i wonder if u could hold fire with a bowl made of ice...that would be pretty awesome

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pickford78 made it! (author)pickford782008-08-22

yes you could. if you use the right fuels it would last longer but if you used gasoline you would have nonburnable gas in a minute :P

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Derin made it! (author)Derin2009-02-14

you could use alcohol

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lunchboxslayer27 made it! (author)2008-12-23

haha when i saw the first picture i thought ur hand was like horrifically burned or something lol

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Tristyn3 made it! (author)Tristyn32009-02-01

LOL me too lunchbox

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lunchboxslayer27 made it! (author)lunchboxslayer272009-02-02

Rofl

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ismaelplague made it! (author)2009-01-23

might as well use a magnifying glass

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bdblock94 made it! (author)bdblock942009-01-25

what if you dont have one when lost in winter?

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ismaelplague made it! (author)ismaelplague2009-01-30

well im sure your not goin to

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bdblock94 made it! (author)bdblock942009-02-01

you never know

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How To Guy made it! (author)2008-09-28

Hey. Thanks for sharing. That's pretty cool!

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PCPkillz made it! (author)2008-07-31

If ever I am stranded in the winter wilderness of WI, this will certainly come in handy. Now over to "How to cook squirrel" so I can have dinner, too!

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tehyosh made it! (author)2008-05-29

try making a sphere out of ice, it's easier to focus with that

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Temennigru made it! (author)2008-05-06

u saw this on mythbusters

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armadillozenith made it! (author)2008-02-01

Neat! A couple of suggestions: -Prop the lens up on twigs or something so it is not melting so fast and chilling your fingers all the time you use it. -How about freezing the water in a mould (a rounded bowl) so it already came out accurately lens-shaped? -Do I need BOTH sides curved, actually? -I have also wondered if I could make a big outdoor lightweight telescope using a clear plastic-formed lens (hollow) to fill with water onsite. Save weight. Two vacuum-moulded sheets glued back-to-back with a funnel and stopper. No need to freeze. Good initiative, this could save lives in the cold outdoors... find some clear ice, shape it and start a fire.

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knowhim777 made it! (author)knowhim7772008-04-18

yes you do need both sides curved. this is nature's version of a magnifying glass, prettymuch. kewl!

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WingDings made it! (author)WingDings2008-02-01

If you want to freeze the water yourself, you might have problems with getting all of the bubbles out. You'd need to have a minimum of bubbles and other stuff in there as otherwise they will diffract the light, making the concentrated light more diffuse and so less hot.

There's a few things on Instructables that tell you how to make clear ice (the comments expand on these, too), such as make crystal clear ice and The Ice Bulb.

But generally the clearer you make your ice and more uniform the surfaces are, the better the light concentration will be.

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Matin made it! (author)Matin2008-02-02

Thanks for that; I have changed the first page to reflect the twice boiled -> clear ice idea.

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WyldStyl3 made it! (author)WyldStyl32008-02-01

Both sides do not have to be curved, I used to have a magnifying glass that was completely flat on one side that I used to burn things all the time as a kid.

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bob the builder #1 made it! (author)2008-03-28

u copied this from mythbuster's

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Metal4God made it! (author)2007-10-04

this was on mythbusters!

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jtlax made it! (author)jtlax2007-11-11

i love that show

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Metal4God made it! (author)Metal4God2007-11-12

who doesn't?

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ArtemisBlue made it! (author)ArtemisBlue2007-11-20

I know right?

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Metal4God made it! (author)Metal4God2007-11-21

LOL

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omnibot made it! (author)omnibot2008-01-11

Did they bust it?

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Metal4God made it! (author)Metal4God2008-01-11

nope, it was CONFIRMED

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berrygunks made it! (author)berrygunks2008-01-31

yay CONFIRMED

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WingDings made it! (author)WingDings2008-02-01

lol

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depressingdoctorfunk made it! (author)2007-11-27

mythbuster

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