Introduction: Making Fire With Ice!

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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 to see a Big ice lens.

Step 1: Shape the Ice Lens for Fire Making.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Reiff (author)2013-08-31

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

mrmerino (author)2012-05-02

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

stevet47 (author)2012-05-02

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

dombeef (author)2009-04-10

Myth busters....

Jakwiebus (author)dombeef2012-05-02

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

Barrettkg (author)Jakwiebus2012-05-02

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

metallica8080 (author)2012-01-29

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

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.

antling (author)metallica80802012-05-02

A very sensible question..

i_shal_pwn_u_now (author)2008-01-09

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

i would love to see that:)

codydean (author)2009-07-25

survivorman did this once

GlennD (author)2009-06-20

how cool !

Gliucoza (author)2009-04-18

i learned something new!!

pooboy (author)2007-07-20

u copier this is from another site

wats-a-username (author)pooboy2009-04-14

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

Matin (author)pooboy2007-07-20

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.

pooboy (author)Matin2007-07-28

btw nice instructable

pooboy (author)Matin2007-07-28

= ok sry didnt mean to get angry at ya

AznDonut (author)2008-07-01

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

pickford78 (author)AznDonut2008-08-22

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

Derin (author)pickford782009-02-14

you could use alcohol

lunchboxslayer27 (author)2008-12-23

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

LOL me too lunchbox


ismaelplague (author)2009-01-23

might as well use a magnifying glass

bdblock94 (author)ismaelplague2009-01-25

what if you dont have one when lost in winter?

ismaelplague (author)bdblock942009-01-30

well im sure your not goin to

bdblock94 (author)ismaelplague2009-02-01

you never know

How To Guy (author)2008-09-28

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

PCPkillz (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!

tehyosh (author)2008-05-29

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

Temennigru (author)2008-05-06

u saw this on mythbusters

armadillozenith (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.

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

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.

Matin (author)WingDings2008-02-02

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

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.

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

u copied this from mythbuster's

Metal4God (author)2007-10-04

this was on mythbusters!

jtlax (author)Metal4God2007-11-11

i love that show

Metal4God (author)jtlax2007-11-12

who doesn't?

ArtemisBlue (author)Metal4God2007-11-20

I know right?

Metal4God (author)ArtemisBlue2007-11-21


omnibot (author)Metal4God2008-01-11

Did they bust it?

Metal4God (author)omnibot2008-01-11

nope, it was CONFIRMED

berrygunks (author)Metal4God2008-01-31


WingDings (author)berrygunks2008-02-01


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