One method of fire starting I have utilized over the past year is the fresnel lens. Basically a large magnifying glass – the fresnel lens can gather the suns light and focus it to a very small and intense spot - generating tremendous heat. No doubt many of you as kids used a magnifying glass to catch some leaves on fire – this lenses works much the same way.
Why do I like the fresnel lens so much? Here are a few reasons:
- durable and flexible
- simple to use
I have a couple of these in packs just shoved in behind something. So light and easy to carry. Of course – you need sun in order to use them.For this post I took a few pictures on November 25th to show what they can do – click to enlarge:
HERE for more info. The are many other sizes available as well – even as small as credit cards.
Love sitting next to a hot fire on a chilly night -
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