Making a Simple Fire

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a fire out of only two household objects: steel wool and a 9 volt battery.

Step 1: Objects You Need and How to Get It Started

You only Need:
1. 9 volt battery
2. steel wool

To get the fire going:
1. First touch the battery to the steel wool and you should see the steel on fire.
2. Blow on the steel to keep the flame going and put dry leaves on it.
3. Next thing you know, you have a warm large fire!!!!

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    hellbound666

    9 years ago on Step 1

    i did this and used as a war weapon and won a bb gun war!!!!!!!!!

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    BlaZe786

    9 years ago on Introduction

    wow this is sooo simple yet cool thanks for sharin...!

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    yerjoking

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This was posted on my birthday, but I like how simple it is, but where can I find steel wool? + 5 btw

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    this instructable is very very useful..especially in case of an emergency. Very simple and very easy to make...useful for camping and other outdoor activities...you have my vote man-good luck with the contest!

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    roverine

    11 years ago on Step 1

    I'm gonna try this one. I like simplicity!

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    omnibot

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Lovely instructable. I've seen this before in survivalbooks. I've tried it a few times but for lighting a cigarette before the shops open I get a cheap electrical toy, harvest wire from it and use that.

    Yah... My room smelled like smoke for a day or two though. What u need to do is use a 9 volt battery, I think,... Well the one that has both the positive and nagative charge on the same side. And i used more steel wool than u did

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    IamMcLovin

    11 years ago on Introduction

    You can also do this if you take apart a maglite to expose the battery wires. This is good for extreme emergencies. I'll post an instructable later if needed

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    scooterdriver

    11 years ago on Introduction

    you have my vote as well! its a classic and works everytime...thanks for posting it...hope you win!

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    bOmB_GeEK

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome- this really worked! I was able to make a bonfire (not really but i made a large fire!). Good luck in your contest- you have my vote!