You’re stranded in the wild and you can see your breath it’s so cold out.

You start to get nervous about being able to keep warm until you can get to safety.

But you have zero supplies and there isn’t much around you to make a fire with.

Are there any stones around you? Good. it would be a rare environment indeed to not be able to find a couple of stones.

Being able to make fire from rocks is an essential survival skill. This post tells you how to make firestones so you can spark a fire anywhere with just stones.

Fire From Stone

What we want to do is make a firestone.

To make one, you only need two things.

  • Iron Ore
  • Fine Tinder Charred

For the ore, pieces of marcasite or bog iron will do.

The finer the tinder the better. This will help improve the ignition to make your fire. If you have or can find true tinder fungus, of course, that is most ideal. But we’re assuming you can’t.

Step 1:

Take the sharpest object you can get your hands on and scrape the tinder fungus.

Step 2:

Take the scrapings and make a bundle of tinder. Make sure it’s completely dry.

Step 3:

Now take your iron ore and strike one piece against the other right on top of the tinder. And don’t be shy about it. The goal is to get one of the more ambitious sparks to do its job and be the one to catch in the tinder. When that happens, you’ll be able to blow it into a fire.

Here’s a good video on how to effectively make fire using this method.


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