DIY Firestarter: How to Start a Fire With a Battery

How to Start a Fire With a Battery

Knowing how to start a fire could literally save your life in an emergency situation. Check out this tutorial to learn how to start a fire with a battery and steel wool.

DIY Firestarter: How to Start a Fire With a Battery

There are many ways to start a fire without matches, and we recommend learning at least a few of these methods. This particular technique is quick and simple, and it requires only a few items. Check out the video below to see how it’s done, and follow these simple steps to create an instant fire – no lighter needed.

What you’ll need to start a fire with a battery:

  • Extra fine steel wool, grade #000
  • 9V Battery
  • 3 medium pieces of firewood
  • Bundle of kindling
  • Cotton ball

How to start a fire with a battery:

Step 1: Place pad of steel wool on a flat surface.How to Start a Fire With a Battery Step One

Step 2: Surround the steel wool with two pieces of firewood.
How to Start a Fire With a Battery Step Two

Tip: Firewood is easiest to ignite when it’s dry! Check out our tips on how to identify dry firewood here.

Step 3: Place a densely-packed bundle of kindling on top of the steel wool.
How to Start a Fire With a Battery Step Three

Step 4: Wedge the cotton ball underneath the kindling.
How to Start a Fire With a Battery Step Four

(Tip: Soaking your cotton ball in petroleum jelly will make it burn much longer.)

Step 5: Rub the 9V battery against the steel wool. Continue until the wool begins to spark.
How to Start a Fire With a Battery Step Five

(Storage tip: Keep your battery and your kindling in separate compartments of your bug bag to avoid starting a fire.)


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Step 6; Add a third piece of wood so that the fire is contained on all sides.
How to Start a Fire With a Battery Step Six

Check out the video below to see this DIY firestarter in action:

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