Redundancy in your bug-out bag or backpack is one of the first rules of thumb. I found this video by Corporals Corner on how to make a fire using a spoon and char cloth to serve another one of my preferences, ‘dual purpose items.’ Spoons are lightweight, don’t take up much space, you can eat with them, do a little digging with them, sharpen the edge to form a make-shift knife, and as you’ll see… start a fire with a spoon on a sunny day.
What you need to make a fire with a spoon:
- 1 stainless steel soup spoon
- 1 piece char cloth
- tinder bundle
- sticks for a fire
You need to make sure the bowl of your spoon is bright and shiny – this is accomplished by using your breath on the spoon and then buffing the bowl of the spoon with a piece of cotton, you can use a t-shirt or sock for buffing. It may take a good few minutes of rubbing to make the bowl super-shiny.
The best angle of the sun is morning or afternoon.
Hold the handle of the spoon in one hand with the bowl facing the direction of the sun.
With the other hand, hold your char cloth between your fingers at such an angle so that the most intense sunbeam is shining near a corner of your char cloth.
Patience is required. You may need to tweak the angles of the spoon or char cloth.
Once your char cloth begins to smoke place it in your tinder bundle, gently blow on the bundle until it flames, add to your kindling and slowly feed your fire with smaller sticks before moving up to larger sticks.
So, add a bright shiny spoon to your bag!
It’s evening right now and so I have not tried this yet myself but I intend to on our next sunny day – I’ll update this post to let you know how it worked for me. Post a comment below and let me know how it works for you!
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