We all know that you might have burned some ants by starting a fire with a glass in your childhood. Many of us did this. While it might seem like an interesting activity for kids, it can also be unsafe! However, even if it seems to be just a silly occupation, knowing how to start a fire with a magnifying glass may save your life some time.
There are things which you have to get acquainted with before doing this, since it is very important to choose the correct materials and conditions. You have to know that not everyone gets to start a fire from the very first time. It is fine to try a few times before being in luck. Here are some tips that may help you.
Use dark tinder
If you want to start a fire this way, then you will need dark tinder. While white colors do not imbibe the sunlight, the dark ones absorb light faster. A dark piece of tinder will become hot in no minutes. Have you ever felt that if you wear black pants on hot days your legs burn out? Yes, you have definitely thought about it.
However, if you are in a critical situation, you will not have everything you want at hand. If you cannot find dark tinder, then you may still use white paper. You can use a black marker to make it darker, or, if you do not get one, just scrub the paper in the dirt. Only after that can you try to light it.
Use soft fibers instead of solid ones
It may seem that solid surfaces are better for starting a fire, but the facts say the opposite. You will save a lot of your time if you choose fine, soft fibers, like dead bark or weed tops, for example. These will help you even on foggy days.
Red pine needles may also work, because they can help to start a fire even if they are a little bit wet. Punkwood is another important material which has to be found. But be attentive – it has to be dry. If it is wet, it will not do any good. After you have checked it and it turned out to be dry, you have to break it into pieces, so that it will also be soft and fluffy.
In fact, all of the above listed materials are better to be broken into pieces. This will increase your chances to start a fire.
Placing the glass
If you do not put the magnifying glass into the right place and position, then you will never start a fire. You have to put the glass so that it is perpendicular to the sunlight. Then, you have to move it in order to find the smallest focal point at the perfect distance. After that, you do not have to move the lens — just keep the glass still for a few minutes.
Only after you see smoke, can you move the lens and redirect the sunlight to the edge of the punkwood.
Magnifying glasses – pluses and minuses
On the one hand, of course a magnifying glass is the perfect solution when the sun shines bright, but it will not help you at night or when it is cloudy. But, on the other hand, it is endless. You can keep it a lifetime and use it whenever you want to if you have the right conditions.
Well, now you know the most important things on how to start a fire with a magnifying glass. If you ever find yourself all alone in a forest and with no means of warming up your body, here’s what you have to do.
Find the perfect place in the forest where you can see the sun clearly. Gather the materials required to start the fire and place them directly under the sunlight. Then, take your magnifying glass and position it in the way described above, wait a couple of minutes and – fire! Enjoy it.
Naturally, this way of starting a fire may be used in different situations, not only in the forest. You can try it at home, as well. Moreover, this technique can also be used in various experiments to see how fire reacts with chemicals of all sorts without using an actual flame. But, be careful, fire is dangerous!