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How can I start a fire with household things?
« on: 07/08/2012 21:30:01 »
Christopher Mogie  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
How can I make a firestarter from easy-to-obtain stuff that everybody could get their hands on?

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 07/08/2012 21:30:01 by _system »

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #1 on: 07/08/2012 23:30:55 »
Matches. Or a really strong magnifying glass. There you go.

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #2 on: 07/08/2012 23:43:15 »
There's always the ubiquitous clothes dryer lint. There's also the less obvious (but more scientific?) method of a battery plus some steel wool (aka "wire wool" in Britain).

As with anything that's potentially dangerous, adult supervision is required.

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #3 on: 09/08/2012 02:42:07 »
Christopher Mogie  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
How can I make a firestarter from easy-to-obtain stuff that everybody could get their hands on?

What do you think?

Linseed Oil on cotton balls.
Motor oil on certain Chlorine pool tablets.
Sometimes a few drops of water into a tub of pool chlorine tablets will start a fire.
Cane Sugar and Sulfuric Acid (Car battery acid)

I am sure there are more, I just cannot think of them at the moment.



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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #4 on: 09/08/2012 18:21:52 »



Cane Sugar and Sulfuric Acid (Car battery acid)



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You seem to have forgotten the weedkiller.

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #5 on: 09/08/2012 22:59:42 »

You seem to have forgotten the weedkiller.

To use the Prometon to burn?

I am not up on Prometon, does it mix with something violently and ignite?


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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #6 on: 11/08/2012 13:15:48 »
There's more than one weedkiller.

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #7 on: 13/12/2012 20:58:34 »
If you can find flint or pyrite (also known as fool's gold) somewhere, backyard, etc., these can be struck with steel and iron, respectively, to create sparks.  I may be back to this topic soon, when I think of more.

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #8 on: 17/12/2012 10:08:16 »
BC if you are referring to sodium chlorate and sugar - it is increasingly difficult to get sodium chlorate in the EU since the ban on sale in 2009. Isn't it typically more explosive than fire starting?

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Re: How can I start a fire with household things?
« Reply #9 on: 17/12/2012 10:45:02 »
True, but I was making the point about W McC's "Cane Sugar and Sulfuric Acid (Car battery acid)" suggestion.

 

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