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I've watched several seasons of the Survivor reality TV Show so far and and many contestants have been trying. to start a fire using materials found in the wild, yet I haven't seen anyone that could do so successfully.

It seems one could learn to make fire by friction using wood by practicing a day or two? But then why have none of the contestants thought about it before appearing on the show? Is it hard to make a fire in the wild?

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  • Come to Skeptics Chat :) – user5582 Jun 11 '14 at 17:57
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    Wouldn't this be better on outdoors.se? – Affable Geek Jun 11 '14 at 17:58
  • @AffableGeek I agree, since it seems more about how-to. – user5582 Jun 11 '14 at 18:01
  • Basic question: have you every started a fire without kit? Friction firedrills are harder than they look; even flint and steel is no cakewalk. Personally I have been successful under good conditions with a bowed firedrill, but never with a hands only drill. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jun 11 '14 at 21:10
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    @Oddthinking Scouts make it out to be easy? I don't think so. Scouts make it out to be a fickle skill that takes attention to detail and patience. Regardless, as worded now, this question seems on topic here (but might get good insight over at The Great Outdoors.. there are several questions about fire starting already) – user5582 Jun 12 '14 at 13:56

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