If you ever find yourself out in the cold wilderness without matches or a lighter, fear not — according to this video, it looks like you can still start a fire. Courtesy of Howcast, here’s a way to start a fire using everyone’s favorite tasty treat: chocolate! And I had no idea! You do, however, also need a soda can, some sunlight, and some tinder.
Here are the step-by-step instructions:
- Rub chocolate on the bottom of the can.
- Wipe the chocolate off with a towel, cloth, or paper, rubbing and polishing as you wipe.
- Repeat this process several times until the bottom of the can shines. The can has been polished enough when it shines and reflects like a mirror.
- Angle the can in direct sunlight. Find a direct ray of sunlight and angle the bottom of the can so that it reflects the sun’s rays.
- Place your tinder — dry leaves, sticks, or paper — in a spot where you want your fire.
- Reflect a beam of sunlight off the can and onto the tinder, similar to how you might with a magnifying glass and a leaf.
- Continue to hold the beam on the tinder until you see smoke. As soon as the tinder starts to burn, add wood to build your fire around it.
*Warning: Do not eat the chocolate after it’s been in contact with the aluminum — the residue may be toxic.
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P.S. – Learn another cool emergency tip: how to make a long-lasting emergency candle using a can of Crisco!
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