How to Start a Fire With a Flashlight.




This Instructable will show you how to start a fire with a flashlight. A good sized flashlight, not a pocket sized one. I would like to say thank you to Les Stroud, AKA: Survivorman for having this on his Colorado Rockies episode. BE CAREFUL AND DO THIS IN A WELL CONTAINED AREA SO NOTHING ELSE STARTS ON FIRE. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS OR ARSONS. ALWAYS BE LAWFUL AND CAREFUL.

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Step 1: Items

-Tinder (dead grass and leaves. Just something that will ignite safely.)
-secondary tinder: a pile of dead grass for the campfire
-common sense: don't be stupid when doing this

Step 2: Break the Glass Cover

Break the glass cover of the flashlight, and get the glass out of it. Do not damage anything else.

Step 3: Take Out the Bulb and Break It

Break the glass of the bulb, be careful not to damage the filament inside.

Step 4: Put It Back in the Flashlight.

Screw the remains of the bulb back into the flashlight. No picture. Don't really need it.

Step 5: Place Tinder

Put the tinder for the fire into the top of the flashlight. Fill it to the top.

Step 6: Turn It On

It may take a few tries, but it should ignite. Sometimes it doesn't work, don't come crying to me if it doesn't.

Step 7: Move to Dead Grass Clump Campfire Ball

Move the fire over quickly to the secondary tinder on the ground until the fire is transferred. Then, dump all of the fire from the flashlight onto the campfire. Then get away.

Step 8: There You Go!

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    29 Discussions


    Question 5 months ago on Step 1

    Is it possible to do this with a regular lamp that is plugged in, not a flashlight? ie you break the bulb, use maybe some paper for tinder, and then turn the lamp back on? I ask purely for fiction book purposes as I am an author :)


    3 years ago

    Just to clarify, do you turn the flashlight on and off until it catches or do you turn it on and leave it on until fire starts?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Realy cool and useful but i guess if you can pay a flashlight you will also be able to pay a matchbox


    5 years ago on Introduction

    here's a tip, use matches! it's easier and you don't waste perfectly good mag lite!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    No problem if you have trashed your torch starting a fire, and later you need to see where you're going. Simply use your cigarette lighter to illuminate your path.

    2 replies

    9 years ago on Step 7

    Great instructable.... except you have ruined the flashlight and the girlfriend is going to be upset if she needs to pee in the middle of the night and no flashlight eh. LOL

    2 replies

    8 years ago on Step 6

    Very tasteful guidance on this step.....well-put.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    breaking the bulb is a bad idea. Tie a wire bread tie to a shoe lace and use a battery from the flashlight to make a fire. Just touch the ends of the wire to the battery.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ifire, no offense taken, but I believe that breaking it is just that much more fun.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    u may think its fun but what if it rains and u need to use ur flashlight?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    use the secondary bulb that comes with the maglight. (uswaly< behind the spring in the battery holder, there is a secondary bulb.)


    9 years ago on Step 5

    expensive way to make a fire (expecally in the middle of nowhere)


    9 years ago on Introduction

     I guess we dudes that have moved onto microcontrolled  LED based flashlights are boned unless we have some steel wool, even then I'd be afraid to burn out the current control :P  Never tried popping steel wool with a single AA, a 9v is brilliant though.