Man making FIRE!
10 ways to create one of nature's great transformational forces.
Usually the simplest is the best. Disposable lighters are cheap, available, effective, and mostly reliable.
1. Use a lighter
Know whether you have "strike anywhere" or safety matches. Best to have both.
2. Use matches
Bow drill and fire plow are two examples.
3. Fire by friction
Different from above because you need specific steels and types of flint. Striking them creates a spark where the prior choice creates embers.
4. Flint and Steel
Works on the combination of fuel, heat, and compression. Similar to how a diesel engine works.
5. Fire Piston
Using any bare conductor (steel wool is easy) lay it across both terminals of a battery and the electrical resistance will create heat which will eventually either spark directly or raise your fuel to the temp of ignition
6. Battery and Steel Wool
Concentration of solar rays can create intense heat
7. Magnifying glass
Nature often provides us with fire. When this occurs, capture it with fuel, air, and a container. Now you can preserve and transport fire until you need it again.
8. Preserve it
Lighters are a variation of flint and steel. Matches are fire by friction. You can use many devices to create an electrical current across a gap. What other combinations can you think of?
9. Combine any of the options above
Another variation of fire by friction. A thin natural fiber cordage, think hemp, manila, twine, etc. pulled back and forth quickly around a medium diameter sapling will generate enough friction and heat to create an ember. The ember can then be placed in prepared tinder.
10. Fire Saw
Combustion needs fuel, air, and an ignition source. These are most often found as light energy, heat energy, and/or electrical energy. The right combination plus the implicit chemical reaction creates a tetrahedron of FIRE!