Start A Fire Without Matches : Hand Drill


The hand drill method is one of the most primitive and primal ways to start a fire. Nonetheless, our primal ancestors survived in conditions few of us could handle - we should strive to learn a thing or two from them. This method works best in an extremely dry environment with the proper woods and tinder. You'll need a wood board, a spindle, a tinder nest and tireless hands. It is important that your fire board and spindle are dry (the spindle is the stick you'll spin in order to create friction, and ultimately an ember). Cedar, Juniper, Aspen, Willow, Cypress, and Walnut are ideal woods to use for your fire board and spindle set. Your goal is to create an ember from the friction of your spindle and fire board. Note: your spindle should be roughly 2-ft long and no thicker than 1/2 an inch. Build a tinder nest that will be used to hold the ember - choose anything that will catch easily; dry grass, leaves or bark. Cut a v-shaped notch into your fire board then place a small dip next to it for your spindle to sit in. Underneath your notch place a piece of bark to catch the ember. Place your spindle in its place and begin to roll it between your palms with slight downward pressure. Repeat this until you see smoke and an ember on your bark. Transfer the spark to your tinder nest, gently blowing it to ignite - and begin building your fire.