Bow Drill Method
Notch a board or a flat piece of bark. To make a bow, stretch a string between the ends of a flexible branch and tie it in place, then use a second stick as a vertical spindle. Place the spindle inside the bow with one end in the notched base. Turn the bow once to loop the string around the spindle, then hold the spindle’s other end in place with a stone. Place a leaf under the notch and saw back and forth to create a coal. Then move it to the tinder bundle, and blow gently into flame.
No string for a bow? Friction between a board and a plow can do the trick. Carve a central groove in the board and rub a branch rapidly up and down inside this trough. It’s more work than a bow drill, and it takes longer, but you can still make a coal.
Chocolate and a Soda Can
Use cheap, waxy chocolate to polish the bottom of a soda can until it gleams like a mirror. Angle it to reflect sunlight onto the tinder bundle (no ordinary flashlight ray will do) and, with luck, the focused light will ignite a flame.
Steel Wool and a Battery
Rub the terminals of a battery against raw steel wool (not a Brillo pad). Keep at it, and electrical resistance will cause the steel wool to glow red hot. Once it does, move it to your pile of tinder and kindling, and blow the pile into flame.
Having fire when needed is paramount in so many different ways to survival. Making sure you have been proactive and practiced these skills in a non survival situation is some of the best preparing you can do. Also make sure to have fire starting tools in place in your Survival Kit so that creating a fire is fast and efficient instead of cumbersome and frustrating.
Thanks to Rich Johnson over at Outdoor Life for this all important information.