Fire and Energy

9 Fire-Making Methods You Need to Know

One of the most discussed topics that I’ve seen over the years is related to starting fires. While some people go as far as learning the bow drill method so they can start one under any circumstances, others say they’re going to use a simple lighter to achieve the same result. It’s pretty funny whenever I see such replies on the survivalist boards.

Flint and Steel Kit Review (and How to Make Charcloth from Nature)

Flint and Steel Kit Review (and How to Make Charcloth from Nature)

In this latest post on the TI website I’m going to be reviewing another flint and steel fire-making kit created by Mikhail Maletkin of flint-and-steel.com. I will also be showing you how to make your own natural charcloth that takes a spark just as easy as — but creates a longer-lasting coal than — traditional cotton or linen charcloth.

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal (and truly portable) Prepper’s Solar Generator

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal (and truly portable) Prepper’s Solar Generator

Often times, you’ll see ads on the internet and television for these solar generators touting how efficient they are and never needing fuel to operate. While not technically true (you don’t need to “purchase” additional fuel to operate) it is a bit misleading as solar radiation is and can be used as a source of fuel. But yes, for now, sunlight is free to all who have access to it (presuming you are not in some deep underground cavern.)

Flint and Steel Kit Review

Flint and Steel Kit Review

I have long been a practitioner of primitive survival skills (going on 20 years now). And in that time I’ve made a number of flint and steel kits for myself as well as other primitive fire making kits such as bow drill and hand drill kits.

How to Make Char Cloth Indoors

How to Make Char Cloth Indoors

If there were one fire-making skill I’d recommend all preppers get good at it would probably be making fire from char cloth.

Bug-Out Bag Gear Review: The Solo Stove

Bug-Out Bag Gear Review: The Solo Stove

We all know that preppers have a passion for gear. And in no other instance do you see this passion come out more often then when they purchase and talk about the contents of their bug-out bags. However, while I think it’s fantastic that people are building and getting excited about BOBs, it becomes too excessive when […]

How to Make Stormproof Firestarters

How to Make Stormproof Firestarters

I’ve posted a number of homemade fire starters since the start of this blog, and if there’s one that I find the most effective it’s got to be sawdust fire starters.