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Pasta burns alright, so you can use some non-cooked spaghetti noodles to reach those hard to reach candles.


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Tear off a strip of paper: Twist it tightly: Light it: Light the candle: Scream frantically as the flame reaches your fingers lick the thumb and forefinger of your other hand and use them to pinch out the flame: The trick here is twisting the paper: the tightness of the twist determines the speed at which it burns. If it's burning too fast for you to ...


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Water usually only penetrates the outer layers of dead wood, so your best bet is to use a knife or hatchet to strip away the damp outer layer. Gather some kindling, dead wood that is about as wide as your finger or less. Pine will usually make a great fire starter, the sap/resin is flammable after it is heated. Use a sharp knife/hatchet to strip away as ...


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You can use a bigger lighter some matches. some long matches.


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Spaghetti is a cheap food, and is flammable before it is cooked. Source It can be used to reach the back of the fire quite well.


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I did a Google search for "battery paperclip fire" finding many entries one of which is >> here Take an AA, AAA, C, or D size battery. With a knife cut the circumference of the battery at the negative terminal one-sixteenth of an inch from the end, remove the covering, and expose the terminal. With the tip of the knife separate the terminal a little bit ...


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When I was in Yeshiva, I saw someone use empty beer bottles, in which your standard order white Shabbos candles just so happen to be an exact fit. Sorry, I didn't take a picture. If you don't have 8 beer bottles on hand which can quickly be made into empty beer bottles, we have other problems to deal with. Happy Chanukah!


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I always remember to bring my own menorah ;-) ....but here are some things I've seen done. You can use Styrofoam cups, a favorite of my friends': Another option would be to use a Styrofoam plate, like this: I've also seen some more exotic things, like donuts (aka sufganiyot), or a banana: ( Note: I don't know if the above two were ever used, but there's ...


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I use the vacuum cleaner, with the long tube but without a brush. When most of the spiderweb has been removed you can use the duster or the item in your picture to remove the leftover bits, keep your dust sucker near to take care of cleaning the duster and/or the fallen bits of web. For a real nasty situation, you can use your duster or your 'photo item' ...


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I'm assuming you're building your fires in the more "traditional" way, something like this: This method has a few drawbacks... I'm guessing that you're looking to light your fire from the front and back in the hopes of getting it to burn evenly to prevent it from collapsing in on itself and smothering right? Rather than changing the way you light the fire,...


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Doritos Use Doritos (or other chips) as a fire starter. It turns out that the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion and snack. If you change your mind, you can always eat them. See the videos demonstrating it: Camping Tip: A Doritos Fire [GoPro Video] Confirmed by Mental Floss Read more: Use ...


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Try turning your candle upside down, so the flame from the lighter goes straight up to the wick.


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Using duck tape, tape a match to a chopstick. Light the match, and then light whatever you need to light.


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When I don't have a lighter or matches to light up a cigarette, I usually use the heating part of a toaster. Not sure if you can reach it with a candle...


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If you're in the middle of a fire, you shouldn't be posting on Lifehacks SE, you should be evacuating the building. (joke) The general rule is, only fight a fire if it's either quite small, or you need to do so to clear an evacuation route. That said, if you were trapped by a fire and the only extinguisher in reach had this problem, you'd need some kind ...


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You can use a dry spaghetti noodle placed on hot oven (some people also suggest Doritos), when it start burning try to light a candle. You can also use a hot charcloth (See: lighting candles with charcloth and How to make charcloth?). Then the procedure is to catch a spark at one end of the charcloth roll, then place the seam of the charcloth roll against ...


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Assuming you're lighting something like paper or another easily burned material under the wood, you can try lighting rolled up newspaper or some similar material. Use one or two pages at a time, rolling them diagonally so that it reaches further than rolling it horizontally or vertically would. Keep the roll relatively tight so that there's not a big hole ...


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Preparation is key. Don't go into the woods unprepared. Matches are not the only answer, but if you can't build a fire without them, then look for "strike anywhere" matches. They still make them, but they are getting harder to find. Other matches require some heat and the "missing" safety ingredient embedded in the strike paper. To prepare for camping, ...


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Whenever you are hiking collect the bark of fallen birch trees (Please leave the living trees alone!). It's white, looks like paper and burns really well. I had a bag of it in my backpack when I was a camp counselor because my boss had a rule that you could only burn wood you found.


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The moisture from your car is probably too little and it can't affect the wood. You have to check if the roof is leaking water or the floor is wet. If the floor is wet then water may be coming from outside. In this case you should dig a small channel around the garage, which will help to drain water and don't let it go inside. Also you need good ...


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Using a standard disposable lighter like the one pictured in your question. Use your index finger to strike it, you can hold the lighter with your thumb and middle finger at the base, while holding the gas on with your index finger. This gives you about 2 more inches of reach with decreased risk of personal burns, no added expense for a special lighter and ...


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Using a grill lighter (long neck) or fireplace matches will give you the required distance.


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Fire from wet log This was actually one of the summer camp challenges in outdoor organisation I was at kid. It was called fire from a wet log. You were supposed to start a fire using only: knife axe matches piece of log that has been under water for 2 days This assumes that the center of the log isn't completely damp. The solution was: chop down half of ...


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I did it today. I had to clean lots of spider's web. The best thing is to use a piece of wood and just hover it, the web sticks to the wood. You don't need to clean the wood just keep doing it in other areas. You may need to turn the wood so more web sticks to it. Although the tip of the wood was full of web as big as a lid of a jar it was still grabbing ...


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It's actually pretty simple, if the wind is blowing out your match, all you gotta do is block the wind with your own body. After the match is successfully lit, cover it from the wind with your free hand (e.g. hand that held the matchbox, put the matchbox away and now you have a free hand) to make sure it definitely won't get blown out, (i.e. this way you ...


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The old smokers' trick used to be to keep the matchbox half open & dip the struck match slightly into the hollow end [the end away from where the open visible matches are] just as the initial flare is dying. This allows the wood to take full hold & then be more wind-resistant. If you do it too early, the fumes from the initial chemical flare will ...


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It sounds like what you want is something to concentrate light, not necessarily magnify anything. For the former, you can simply use multiple mirrors. You can use normal flat mirrors (for example, by having a bunch of pairs of mirrors that all reflect incident sunlight toward a specific point), but focusing light is easier if you also have convex mirrors (...


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I am a long time camper and backpacker and have always kept my matches in a small plastic water proof container. Right now they are in an old prescription bottle. If/when the striker strip wears out or gets otherwise damaged I just add a small strip of fine sandpaper attached to a popsicle stick into the container. Easy, light weight and it works really well....


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Strike-anywhere matches exist and solve this problem. Be aware that they are not legal for passenger or cargo planes in most of the world. They're basically the original matches. The ones that require the lighter strip on the box were just matches engineered for safety and are more widely promoted. Waterproof matches exist as well, and solve this problem ...


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If you have an electric cooking plate, you can use that to ignite some paper napkins. Beware though, a single napkin will be gone in a flash, so you should use more in a bundle. Source: Own experience, where I left a single ply napkin on the cooking plate and accidentally brushed the switch to ON. After a while I smelled smoke, turned to the oven but couldn'...


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