When everything is covered with snow and ice, finding materials with which you can light a fire becomes a very difficult task. However, given the importance of producing fire and a heat source at sub-zero temperatures in arctic conditions, the effort to collect such materials is ultimately fully justified..
Kindle fire in arctic conditions, getting fire with batteries and a coil of metal wire or a metal washcloth for washing dishes.
Despite the desert appearance, the arctic environment can be quite rich in plants. Alive, but hidden from view. Or already dead. If you camp near the trees, you will most likely find fallen branches there. And under the snow – a dried ground cover.
Of course, it may not work to find valuable materials for kindling right away, on the first attempt, when you clear the snow to the ground. But they will surely show up at some, quite possibly very small, distance from this place.
Remove the outer layer of icy or snowy bark and beneath it you will find a dry, usable tinder. You may have to spend quite a lot of time searching for it. But in some circumstances, these efforts can save your life..
Getting fire with batteries and a coil of metal wire or a metal washcloth.
With the kindling material and fuel, you can use any batteries you have with you and ensure that you receive fire with a spark. This is a bit dangerous business, but you can deal with it. Take a coil of thin metal wire to connect the battery terminals. Or a metal washcloth for washing dishes in the field.
When electrons formed by a battery pass through its thin wire, a lot of heat is released. And the structure of a coil of wire or a washcloth in the form of a cocoon with a large number of air pockets located between threads intertwined with each other creates an ideal environment for ignition and open fire.
To assemble the required design, connect the double-type batteries AA or AAA with the ends so that the positive terminal is in contact with the negative (anode with cathode). And to the outer ends of these batteries, press the ends of the metal washcloth.
Or do it even easier. Insert one 9 Volt battery inside this washcloth. Keep your fingers away from contact points. Be prepared to slip a coil of wire or a washcloth under your kindling. The wire quickly turns red and glows under the influence of current.
Black smoke alarm.
If you need to give a signal in the form of black smoke, which is clearly visible against the background of total whiteness, add to the bonfire, when it is already well flared up, resinous pine cones.
Based on the book Survival in the Wild and Extreme Situations. 100 key skills in the special services methodology.