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Start a Fire With a Water Bottle

August 24, 2019

Normally, we’d think of using water to put
out a fire, but in this video, you’ll learn how to use water water to start them. If you’re ever lost in a survival situation,
here’s a little trick you’re gonna be so glad to know. To practice this technique we’ll
use 3 sheets of paper, and a water bottle. A paper with black ink is easy to practice
with, so let’s get started making this top sheet into a platform by folding it in half
3 different ways. The black ink is showing, and that’s a good thing, so now we can prepare
these other 2 sheets by cutting or ripping them in half. This gives us 4 pieces, and
we can fold each of them in half so that they’re creased down the middle. Alright, time for
the action. We’ll need to remove the label from this little bottle and use the convex
edge as a makeshift magnifying glass to focus the sunlight. It only takes a few seconds
to get this paper smoking, and pretty soon we’ve got it smoldering. When the hole is
about the size of a quarter, we’ll need to slowly add multiple layers of papers. Swinging
it around gently will help the air get to the embers, and when they get hot enough .. a
flame appears! That’s it in a nutshell, but in practice you’ll probably find that it’s
not quite as easy as it looks. So here are a few tips and tricks to help you master your
technique . First of all, use a bottle with clear plastic and remove the label. The top
should be smooth and rounded so that it magnifies the image on the other side. I’ve been successful
with colored bottles like this green 2 liter and this little blue 8oz bottle, but the color
absorbs some of the suns energy and makes it a lot more difficult to get a coal. The
color of the liquid also needs to be as clear as possible, but in desperate situations,
it is possible to light a fire with your pee. Look for how to do that in a different project.
If you’re using paper for tinder, use something with big black letters or pictures, or rub
some dirt on it because the black absorbs the heat. Trying to do this on a white piece
of paper is just going to frustrate you. When focusing the light, hold the bottle close
to the paper and slowly back it away, shifting the bottle around to find the area where the
majority of light is concentrated. It should be very bright, and start smoking within a
few seconds. Keep the light focused until a hole begins to burn, and grows to the size
of a quarter. At this point, you can gently set the embers in the creased part of another
paper, and hold it loosely at the corner. Tight enough so that the embers are in contact,
but loose enough to allow plenty of air to flow. When the embers have burned a hole through
the sheet, add another one in the same way, pinching the corner and holding loosely. As
the heat builds, and the process is repeated 2 more times, you should have a billowing
bundle of smoke. It’s at this point you can blow forcefully into the embers, and voila
.. a healthy flame. This is a technique that I’ve had the most success with. It should
work for you, but might take a little practice. If you try this at home, you may be surprised
to learn that you can rub the ashes into your lawn. The potassium, phosphorus and calcium
in the ashes make great lawn fertilizer, so long as it’s in small quantities. For another
challenge, try this with water and a plastic sandwich bag. I found those can work as well!
Well now you know how to start a fire with your water bottle. If you liked this project,
perhaps you’ll like some of my others. Check them out at

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  • Reply Pogiboy215 May 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    I miss these intros

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  • Reply Nicklye TheAwesome July 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Think about him in a survival hunt.

  • Reply Kara Higgins July 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    And I so happen to have paper in the wilderness

  • Reply rickroll11112 July 19, 2017 at 5:02 am

    "Light a fire with your pee" Okay I'm done I need to bleach my eyes!

  • Reply Tazza Pie August 4, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I miss this old introduction he doesn't use any more

  • Reply Dat boi Isn't home August 4, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    >goes to school with water bottle
    They won't know what hit em

  • Reply ElMariachi August 11, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I guess today's kids are trying to achieve this with their magnifying smartphone app.
    That said, I tried it with dozens of different glas lenses, when I was a child, but it never worked.

  • Reply EatMyAss 69 August 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Can u use a water balloon

  • Reply Suravya Adhikari August 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Has Bear Grylls ever done this?

  • Reply Mohammad Dashti September 17, 2017 at 6:51 am

    legend ย !

  • Reply Zachary White September 19, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Now i know to bring a bottle full of pee and the black paper i just happened to have in a "survival situation"

  • Reply Bird Master September 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Does this actually work?

  • Reply Didie Caballero September 26, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks man now I can roast my marshmellos

  • Reply Blue B October 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    time to try it in school

  • Reply Unicorn Princess October 28, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    omg this is so cool my seven year old sister told me about this.
    edit: don't judge me my sister is a really smart girl. she's adorbs too! โคโคโค

  • Reply Josie Jacks December 15, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Make a cake which only cimacles

  • Reply TheGabrielChannel December 22, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Huh. Guess those worksheets from math class were useful after all.

  • Reply Izzat Halim December 28, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Thanks dude!

  • Reply Mobin92 December 29, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    This almost burned my dads car down… Because he left a water bottle on a seat.

  • Reply VOLTAGE April 2, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    We can use a rocket launcher to start fire though

  • Reply MilkyPotato April 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Try do this at night……..

    It worked!

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    Doka aahe ka re๐Ÿ˜•

  • Reply Scarrfyy May 8, 2018 at 4:34 am

    Itโ€™s so hard to get the light focused

  • Reply Carrie Dobbins May 8, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    we are trying it

  • Reply Amazing 10 May 26, 2018 at 1:12 am

    What if it's night time?

  • Reply captin redx May 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    those saying carrying black ink paper is inconvenient, just have a sharpie. black sharpie ink on paper works

  • Reply Carolyn Jones June 8, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    A magnifying glass made from a bottle of water, interesting.

  • Reply Marina Escobar Amaya June 10, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    thats so cool

  • Reply The Rare Kitty June 30, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    But if it's bright and sunny why would you need a fire?

  • Reply thisguy8 July 1, 2018 at 2:09 am

    what about pencil graphite

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  • Reply CrazyUncleJoJo July 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    It's True Most Brush Fires are Started By Glass Bottles I'm a Former Firefighter

  • Reply David George July 31, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    try to cook food with a magnifying glass and the sun

  • Reply Delara Delara August 26, 2018 at 1:52 am

    This helps me a lot my dude

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    I liked and subscribed and turned on the notafication bell

  • Reply Blue Ink August 26, 2018 at 5:44 am

    Can I do this using a flashlight instead of the sun?

  • Reply Ryo Tanada August 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

    6 years later and Russians learnt nothing about this…

  • Reply TheNoobsterHD September 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    in soviet russia, fire puts out water

  • Reply Ariel Hernandez September 10, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Nice nice I read about it in 100 deadly skills survival edition.

  • Reply 109 87 September 11, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Thanks to the king of random because i have an idea to make my science project

  • Reply DZMP September 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Great idea!
    Plastic is everywhere hehe

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    2018 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    what's up

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    Carry a magnifying glass.Problem solved ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Nina Karlina December 13, 2018 at 4:49 am

    OK I going to try this and I going to play fire lol

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    Who scroll down if it's works and you going to say "wow it work "then I try it

  • Reply Ironsidemaster January 14, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Nice video!
    And you can also use pure sodium.

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    Don't look 1:51

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    What about with glass

  • Reply davros0007 February 13, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Why you donโ€™t leave water bottle on car seat on hot day. Car was burned to ground here in Australia due to bottle left in cab.

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    ima do this in school

  • Reply Gamer kid G March 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    What weather does this work with?

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    2019 also wow this channels changed

  • Reply Erki-Andres Nuut April 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Why so much hassle? Here's a much easier method:
    1. Empty the water bottle
    2. Fill the bottle with gasoline
    3. Pour the gasoline on the firewood and light it.

  • Reply Nad Ragaw April 25, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    We were out camping last week so I thought I would give this a shot . . .
    I tried all night but couldn't get it to work

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    Whos here in 2019 May 11

  • Reply Steven Watson May 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Don't work in the rain when you need to be warm

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    Who's here in 2019!?๐Ÿคฃ

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    Simon did this with his nerd glasses if you know whut I mean๐Ÿ˜

  • Reply Nicole Marmol June 1, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I got the plastic bag one! But I'm struggling with keeping the fire going. How hard do you swing the paper stack? And do you do it the whole time or just at the end when you have a big stack of papers already?

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    Shown fire

  • Reply Qikang Liew June 10, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    next video how to start a fire with a underwear without firelighter

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    Whoa Well king of random just pissed in front of me. king buddy at least buy me dinner first lol jk cool video man

  • Reply Denomic Yt June 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

    for me it kinda worked it only smoked tho not on fire

  • Reply Phantom style June 30, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I'm using a plastic coke bottle and a pretty dark paper however I can only warm up the paper but I don't see any smoke or flames, any tips?

  • Reply chris moreno July 2, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Chuck Norris can start a fire by rubbing two ice cubes together

  • Reply Crissa Marion July 3, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    It makes smoke but it dose not make a hole for me..

  • Reply Bashir Ahmad July 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    thnks bro

  • Reply AMGAMING2 July 21, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    It has to be hot to light the fire why would u light a fire if it his hot

  • Reply Dave Otuwa July 25, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I would don fireproof gloves before committing a project like this

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    Rip to the king

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    Rest in peace king. We will miss you!

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    R.i.p. your videos live on forever.

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  • Reply Tim Siegel July 31, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    So a discarded water bottle with some water in it could unknowingly start a forest fire. Lesson: don't make litter in fire prone areas!

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    This was my first video I watched by him when it got uploaded, he'll be missed.

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    RIP :'(

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    Rest in peace legend.

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    HE was the best.

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    Just donโ€™t inhale kids

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    The first video of tkor i have ever seen. You will be missed

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