Thursday, April 24, 2008

CNI Challenge #3--Make A Fire Without Matches (Or a Magnifying Glass)

I actually don't know anyone who has ever been able to start a fire by rubbing sticks together. Can you make a fire without matches or a magnifying glass? It is easy enough to use a magnifying glass and the sun to set some kindling on fire and get a good sized bonfire going but can you actually rub two sticks together and get fire? This is one of the challenges I will work on myself in the upcoming weeks, but any input would be appreciated.

What this challenge will teach you: Having fire is one of the core needs of man so being able to make fire with just what nature provides you, should matches/lighters/other fire starters not be available, would be truly one giant step towards being prepared for anything.


  1. Rubbing two sticks together, not using a drill? Never pulled that off - but suspect it is possible with the right woods and plenty of effort. I am looking forward to seeing how you do!

  2. My boys and I do this periodically with our fire steels. Anyone can learn to do it. If we're outside in the yard, or hiking, or making a fire in the fireplace, one of us will try to make a fire. My daughter squealed with delight watching the boys yesterday and said, "I want one of those fire steels!" Now she wants to camp and be in charge of the fire. Teach your children lots of skills, and if it looks fun they'll compete with each other to be the best. Soon they'll be better than you are and you will have successfully helped the next generation.