TAG: Fire

This Solar Fire Starter Fits in Your Pocket

For a great little gift for the outdoorsman or adventurer in your life, or for your favorite emergency preparedness enthusiast, or even your own “bugout” kit, you might consider picking up one of these little pocket devices. The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter, from Solo Scientific Inc., is a combination tinder box, solar fire starter, and signaling mirror, that’s small enough to fit in your pocket. This little gadget has no moving parts, uses no batteries or flints or fuel, and can even start a fire using Xenon HID car headlights. “The Tinder HOT Box Solar Fire Starter™ is… read more

Bee Hunting Threats

Bee Hunters

Bee hunting and honey harvesting are social activities that most young men will experience growing up in rural Swaziland. Honey bees are not only a food source, but they also provide an opportunity for young men to show how brave they are by partaking in the social activity of bee hunting. Hunting for bees has been customary to Swazis for a long time, it is a skill that is passed from one generation to the next. The manner in which honey is harvested has evolved over time, the older generation used a certain type of wood to immobilise bees in… read more

Coffee Grounds Making Fires Eco Friendly

Friendly Fires

What could be more romantic than a cozy fire? A crackling fireplace has long been embedded in our ideal of a home. The only downside to this woodsy comfort is the numerous pollutants released when the lumber is burned. One of these pollutants is carbon monoxide. Among many things, carbon monoxide can contribute to the development of cancer. It has no odor or color, which makes it hard for people to detect until they have been harmfully affected by it. But for those who still wish to benefit from fire’s warmth and whimsy, there are other ways to go about it…. read more

Fire and the Environment

Fire usage and the environment

Fire is a necessary resource in the daily lives of many African communities. From time immemorial, it has been used for cooking, generating heat in the winter, generating light at night, harvesting honey from wild bees, and for religious/cultural rituals, amongst other things. When used appropriately, fire is a wonderful gift from mother-nature. Similarly, when abused and/or misused, fire can be a curse to the natural environment and human beings alike. The Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that globally, 350 hectares of wild land are consumed by fire each year, and that 90% of the time such wildfires are a… read more