How To Make Starting Fires Educational For Your Kids

If you've got youngsters, it's good to incorporate educational survival skills into their lives.  Learning how to start a fire without using matches or a lighter is a great way to teach kids the importance fire plays when we can't rely on technology.

Here are 3 Ways To Make Starting Fires Educational For Your Kids

The Science of Striking Sparks

In order to get a spark from a Fire Starter Flint, you'll need to use your scraper to cause friction on the Ferrocerium rod.

Since the steel scraper is a harder material than the ferro rod, it will cause small filaments to splinter off. 

The friction causes these small crumbs to ignite. 

These sparks can reach temperatures up to 5,430 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to create a spark.

  • Hold your fire rod firmly in one hand.
  • Use long firm strikes with your scraper on the rod.
  • Catch the spark with your tinder.
  • Once the tinder has been ignited, slowly add kindling.

 Fire Requires Fuel

Just like your vehicle needs gas and your body needs food, your fire needs fuel. 

What's the best wood for my fire?

Dense hardwoods like maple and oak have a higher energy content per cord and so release more heat per firebox load.

They also produce long-lasting fires and coal beds.

Softer woods like birch, pine, spruce and poplar are less dense, burn faster and do not produce a long-lasting coal bed when burned.

The Importance of Self Sustainability

So why is it important for you to know how to start a fire using friction?

Matches and Lighters have limited uses

If it all ends tomorrow, there are going to be a limited number of matches and lighters that people will be fighting over, and eventually they'll run out.

Don't rely on resources you can't replace.

You need to be able to start fires when it's wet

Have you ever tried starting a fire with wet matches or a soaked lighter? It's extremely difficult and in some cases impossible. 

A fire starter flint can be dunked under water and still create sparks.

So, what's the best Fire Starter Flint to teach kids with?

There really isn't a "best type" of fire starter rod but here are a few tips.

The size of the Fire Steel plays a big part. Small ferro rods produce less sparks and need more frequent, quicker strikes. 

The size and edge of the scraper metal also plays a part. The edge cannot be too dull.

If you've got a paracord lanyard it can help establish a better grip when striking.

When we designed our fire starter rod we kept this in mind.  While most handheld firesteels on Amazon are between 2 and 4 inches, we made this one 6 inches, with an estimated lifespan of 30,000 strikes. 

We also added a tinder carrier capsule so that you don't have to search for and try out your fire tinder if it's wet and you need a fire fast.

Grab your Fire Steel from Survival Hax for $22.99 


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