I thought youíd find this interesting. A TrailMeister reader, Lonnie, sent me a great tip on how to start a fire without matches using steel wool and a nine volt battery. I donít know about you but I donít generally carry those two items in my saddle bags.
I have had my trusty bic lighter fail me while horse camping though and thought that it would be a good thing to research different methods of making fire without matches or a lighter. I found lots of nifty and way cool info (this past weekend was kind of smoky around the house) and Iíve got to say Iím going to be the coolest uncle around when I show the nephews how to make fire with among other things, a chunk of ice, a can, and a chocolate bar.
While I certainly wonít leave the trailhead without my standard matches and lighter itís pretty nifty to learn about these other ways to start a camp fire.
You can read more about different ways to satisfy your pyrotechnic side here.