Making Fire

Fire is life. Were it not for this advantage our early ancestors would not have survived, let alone develop the taste for cooked meat that allowed their brains to grow. The creation of fire is a tricky business. Fire is tempermental. Too much oxygen and it dies. Not enough oxygen and it dies. The combustion process is what drives this and this lab explored the ways by which fire could be created.

The most primitive and difficult method is f riction via hand-powered spindle. Using this method, one uses a singular spindle rolled between the palms to twist until combustion happens.

Next is the bow method by which the spindle-spinning is aided through the use of a bow. This creates higher speeds, which creates more friction and heat. I managed to create embers and smoke, but no sustainable combustion.

Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

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