Survival How-To: Making Fire

Dave demonstrates the steps involved in making fire, one of the most important life-saving skills in the desert - and then there's Steve's version...


Use two sticks, a string and a surface to hold ashes. Create a bow.

rubbing sticks together

Holding one stick upright and firmly in a depression on another surface, vigorously "saw" with the bow. You should get warm ashes in the depression.

a flame

Feed it with tinder and lightly blow to get a flame going.


using a magnifying glass

You can also use a magnifying glass to start a fire

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