The ability to start a fire… an underrated survival skill

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013

As a survival skill, starting a fire, and keeping it going, is probably something we don’t think about too much anymore. Still, you never know when it could be something that’s handy to know.

Before you start your fire you should have a good understanding of the myriad benefits it provides in a survival scenario. Warmth, for one. Light is another big plus, as is the ability to produce safely cooked food and potable water. You can use fire to scare away unwanted visitors, be it animal or human, and send smoke signals to facilitate your rescue. How about some warm, dry clothes for your body? Thanks, fire. And on top of all of that, the sense of comfort and security a fire provides does wonders for the attitude and spirit of someone in a desperate situation. It’s no wonder man has been controlling and using fire for about a millions years.

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The fire breathing tornadoes of Central Australia

Monday, 8 October, 2012

Tornadoes are bad enough, but a fire breathing tornado, as seen recently in the Mount Conner and Curtin Springs region of the Northern Territory, Australia, would be another matter entirely.

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A Molotov cocktail hits the wall in ultra slow motion

Thursday, 4 October, 2012

So that no one else has to try this at home, slow motion video footage of an exploding Molotov cocktail as it hits a wall. There’s an ultra slow replay about half into this video that is especially spectacular.

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And I’ve been putting out the fire with noise

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Is it really possible to extinguish fire using sound waves?

In this video, a flame is extinguished by an acoustic field generated by speakers on either side of the pool of fuel. Two dynamics are at play in this approach. First, the acoustic field increases the air velocity. As the velocity goes up, the flame boundary layer, where combustion occurs, thins, making it easier to disrupt the flame. Second, by disturbing the pool surface, the acoustic field leads to higher fuel vaporization, which widens the flame, but also drops the overall flame temperature. As the same amount of heat is spread over a larger area, combustion is disrupted.

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And how do you like your drawings… rare, medium, or well done?

Tuesday, 14 February, 2012

Artwork burned into a wooden surface, that’s one way to make a lasting impression.

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Ever wondered what you’d take with you if your house was on fire?

Friday, 27 May, 2011

The Burning House, if your home was on fire, and you had like, 30 seconds, to grab a handful of items, what would you pick up?

If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.

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