Easy Longlasting Firestarter

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Introduction: Easy Longlasting Firestarter

This fire starter is so easy and last a long time. Great for camping.

Step 1: Tools

You will need steel wool and a 9volt battery That it.

Step 2: Final Step

Just put the steel wool up to the 9volt and blow on the place where they meet. it should light up. Now put it on the kindling

Step 3: Enjoy

Enjoy Your great fire.I have used it a lot and it is the best way to start a fire.

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    do you have to use the whole steel wool or can you section it up?

    i was looking for an easier way to start camp fires. thanks for the instructable

    how long does it take for the steel wool to light

    good joke

    DANGEROUS! IT COULD START A FIRE :D nice job i never woulda thought steel wool would heat up from a 9 volt battery!

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    thats what this thing is for-starting fires!


    you usd the wrong type of no. its know

    oh ok

    here is the bottom line :P


    just in case someone doesn't know....the steel wool is causing a direct short on the battery terminals. this causes sparks, starting a fire. while this won't cause a "shock" to the user, it will cause burns to the fingers/hands.

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    ... I did this many times when i was younger and never burnt myself, it just takes a little common sense (e.g. don't touch the steel wool when its hot. I mean you don't go holding your fingers in the flame of your lighter while your trying to start a fire do you?)

    does the 9v have to be new/fully charged? and how many times can the battery be used? thanks for the tip!

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    I think it works with old batteries It depends how old it is. it should work about I have done 5 times with 1 battery but it should work more than that. another thing is that it works better on some types of steel wool.

    the newer the battery the better... it heats up the steel wool and it can set dry grass or other tinder alight. not great for camping as it doesn't work well when wet.

    But it does still work. Normal matches, and using friction methods won't work when wet, and it also doesn't need the sun like a magnifying glass or reflector.

    you can also ignite it with a "metal match" method (google Metal Match if you want more info)

     ive used one about 20 and it is still working

    I definatly agree with bajablue A blowtorch is always best but I have used this method to start fires and it works great