How to Make a Survival Fire Putty





Introduction: How to Make a Survival Fire Putty

About: I am just a person who loves doing crazy and fun things... I always love to try to innovate when I can, and share any new discoveries I find... That is why I have recently started recording my shenanigans ...

*This text is an excerpt from the video, It is recommended you watch the video to know what is going on!*

Now actually the concoction we are going to be making, has quite a history, this same process was used during the later years in the Vietnam war, to produce a Substitute Napalm like substance, as an Improvised incendiary deceive, that could be used in any number of ways, but was cherished mainly for its Ease of Creation, Flammability, and Moldability...
Just a fun fact...

Alright so first thing is first, get a container... Now most plastics will be fine to mix in... However, long term storage of your fire putty in them is not recommended, because the gasoline or acetone can cause it to degrade over time...

After that, the steps are pretty simple... Just pour out the approximate amount of Fuel you wish to use, for making your putty...

Next take your Styrofoam, Now I am using torn up cups and Plates, Because I have found not all Styrofoam works... That is because sometimes it is not Styrofoam but some other Type of polystyrene that doesn't like to break down... If that is the case, just find some different stuff to try...

If not it's as simple as just setting it in the Dissolving agent, in this circumstance Acetone... And watching as it is transformed into a putty right before your eyes... It's fine to apply some pressure, using a stick or such... In my case I am using a pencil, which you can see the acetone Immediately strips the paint from it....`

Keep doing this, until there is no more visible Fluid, an what you should be left with, is a rather Fuelly smelling ball of putty... It is best to use this immediately. Or at least store it in something air tight... This can dry out, and It will turn into a hard plastic if allowed to do so...

Here is a side shot of me doing this process using Gasoline this time instead... As you will see It can take quite a bit of Styrofoam...

When you go to use this, I advise you do not touch it... I am using gloves that I know will not be dissolved by Gasoline or Acetone... Just to demonstrate it's putty like property's... But I would suggest only moving, or handling this using a stick or something similar and not your hands...

Alright, only one thing left to do... Compare the Two types of fire putty to one another... The 1st one I light up is going to be the Acetone putty, while the second on is going to be the Gasoline putty.

Right off the bat we can see a few distinct Differences... One The Acetone Putty, does not seem to burn as Intensely of Hotly as the gasoline putty, but at the same time the Acetone putty seems to smoke less

Now I do understand that this is more entertaining than watching paint dry, however I am going to put this into time lapse Because this stuff burn for quite a long time, as I've said before, so I figure why wait when we have the magic of editing on our side.

Now the acetone ball has died out, it's right at the 4:30 second mark, if you couldn't of gotten a fire started in that time, I would suggest giving up any dreams of being a professional out doorman or outdoorwoman... I apologize.

And a quick jump ahead, we can see gasoline clocks out at 5:30 seconds, a minute longer that the acetone... Both of those should provide more that enough time by far to get a fire started... Now one last thing I found interesting is how the gasoline putty burned up more completely...

Now just for comparison, I am going to demonstrate how the fuel by themselves would act, remember that the Styrofoam act as a wick, so it helps to Increase burn time, and Increase the amount of heat generated... This first test here is with acetone, and as you can see, though it burns intensely for a moment, it quickly dies down, and the flame isn't very hot... I can literally run my hand slowly through it, without much trouble...

Next onto the Gasoline, same deal here, I lit a pile of fuel on fire, and am letting it burn... But notice once again it burns very vigorously... But not very hot... I was to literally pass my hands slowly through the midst of the flames without them even so much as getting warm, I was so close I even had soot on them...

Anyways, thanks for watching. And Bye!!




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13 Discussions

Lol no step one

As a fairly "shelf-stable" version we played with in the Army, you get the pink 2 inch thick "insulation" (Lowes calls it "insulfoam" now and sells it in panels) and mix that with Diesel. Same process; more smoke (unfortunately) but it burns even longer and will start anything, even wet wood, on fire.

This stuff is really cool! I'll have to make some for my next camping trip. Your videos have gotten really good lately and I appreciate all the science explanation you include in your narration, too!

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If your Implying Methonal, Isproponal, or Ethanol... No, none of them make for good Solvents for Styrofoam...

Otherwise if something like Ethanol did, it probably would be a bad Idea for people to drink Alcohol out of Styrofoam cups at parties... Good question though :)

The acetone one burns pretty clean, the gasoline one however puts of a fair bit of smoke. But that is not to surprising, seeing as you have to remember gasoline smokes quite a bit by itself... But it also does burn fair bit longer.

So If what you are asking is, this stuff good to breath... I'd probably recommend against it...

Very useful information for people to know, especially if they're into camping. Thanks for the awesome demonstration and for explaining the steps so well!

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i used to buy this stuff in a metal toothpaste tube from REI. real handy in the back country. now I know how its made. thanks.

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