Survival Tip: Pack Steel Wool In Your Survival Kit

It’s Not Just For Cleaning Pots!

Believe it or not, there are many uses for steel wool in a survival situation and many of you reading this may already have this item packed in your survival kit.

For those that have not included steel wool in their kits or are not aware of its many uses, please read on.

Finest Grade Steel Wool Please!


get your fire going

First of all, we want to pack the finest grit steel wool in our survival kit, that is quadruple 0 or 0000 steel wool. This typically comes in a 2 inch by 4 inch, rectangular shaped pad.

With this pad we can clean our guns, axes and knives and keep them from forming rust. It is vital to keep out metal tools clean and rust free in the field.

We can also clean our cooking pots, any utensils we may have and our stainless steel canteens that we keep in  best bugout bag we could find.

Steel Wool Fire Starter!

But perhaps the most important use for this steel wool is for starting fire. Steel wool can be ignited with a battery (preferably 9 volt batteries). It is also an excelent alternative to chared material for flint and steel or ferro rod sparks, which makes it a great addition to your fire kit.

You need 3 things to start a fire with steel wool and batteries:

  • 0000 Steel Wool
  • A 9 volt Battery, or 2 Double A (AA) or 2 Triple A (AAA) Batteries
  • And Of Course a Birds Nest

You will need to daisy chain the 2 batteries together and then touch the positive and negative end of the daisy chain with the steel wool. So hold(or duct tape) the positive end of one battery to the negative end of the second, and peel a sliver of steel wool long enough to touch each end of the chain. This will ignite the steel wool which can then be placed into the birds nest and breathed into fire. (see video blow)

Caution: The steel wool will ignite at the positive end of the battery. Keep fingers clear at this end.

That is pretty much it for this Survival Tip.

If you are looking for an awesome pre-made kit to put your survival gear into be sure to check out this super compact lightweight kit here.

There are many other uses for steel wool and if you have any to add, please leave a comment below.

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