Every wonder what you can do with a fresh lemon and a few copper paper fasteners? No, it’s OK, chances are nobody does. Well, that’s unless you’re a survivalist thats ready to burn this mother down! That right, you can start a fire with all kinds of stuff, a lemon, a battery, as a matter a fact I have even seen some guy start a fire with a bag of urine! But we aren’t going to go that far. It’s time to grab your gal and head to the hills, It’s going to get hot.
What does it matter you ask?, starting a fire is one of the most basic survival skills one can have. So let’s get started.
Starting a Fire with a Lemon
Thats right, you can get more than one type of juice from a lemon. The acid in a lemon can be used to exchange ions from between mixed metals. That mean, you can generate a little electricity from a lemon. The sparks can be used to start a flame or zap a friend.
What you need:
- Copper nails, pins or clips (6)
- Zinc nails (6)
- Steel wool (fine)
Grab the lemon and gently roll it in your hands. You want to break it up inside and get the juice flowing, without rupturing the peel. Starting with the copper clips or zinc nails. Make a row going down the side, spacing each about one centimeter apart. Do the same with the other metal pin/nail. Using short pieces of wire, connect the copper to the zinc diagonally. Leaving an unconnected nail on each end.
With two longer wires, connect one to the copper pin, the other to the zinc nail. Rubbing these wires together will generate a tiny spark. But, with the use of a fine grade steel wool, you can quickly start a fire.
How to start a fire with a battery
Have a 9V batter that’s running a little low on power? Don’t toss it. If there is any juice left at all you can start a fire that batter. The idea and principal is very similar to the “lemon battery” above.
What you need:
- 9 volt battery
- Piece of wire
- Thin gage steel wool
Connect one wire to the positive terminal of the battery, the other to the negative. Just as above, touch both wires to small piece of steel wool. This will cause a short on the steel wool causing it to heat up and glow red. You should have some dry material ready to ignite near by.
How to Start a Fire with Ice
You’re probably scratching your head like this dudes crazy, that’s impossible. At first it seems crazy, but once you see where I’m headed, it’s going to be obvious!
What you need:
- Something to chopped it
Start by scouting around for a decent sized chunk of ice. It will also need to be fairly clean and clear. Using a blade or what ever tool you have handy, chip it into a circular shape. The goal is to create a lens that will magnify sunlight to a point. Taking the roughly shaped lens, start to work out the edges and slowly shape with the heat from your hands. You will know when your “ice lens” is ready if it can concentrate sunlight. Get you dry kindling ready and magnify.