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A lot of preppers have numerous disposable lighters stashed as a method for starting fires after a SHTF event. They may also have matches, lenses to use the sun to start a fire, or refillable lighters. Others swear by the old Zippo lighters that were popular during World War II. Some may scoff at using refillable lighters as a survival fire starting method, citing the need for fuel and wondering what they will do when it runs out. The same can be said for any fire starting method!
There is a distinct advantage to refillable lighters, Zippos in particular! Our friends over at BackdoorSurvival.com dive into the ins and outs of how Zippo and butane lighters are made, including the different fuels and potential substitutes (Zippo only). Having a basic knowledge of various accelerants and their safe use for starting fires in a survival situation can make a world of difference. Anyone can toss accelerant on a fire but it takes skill and cautious planning to avoid accidents, not to mention waste a resource.
Lighter fuel and other flammable liquids should always be kept in a cool, dry place with solid containers. Never re-purpose flammable liquid containers as mixing even a little of different chemicals can cause another disaster!
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.