Practical Tips for Making Friction Fires

Primitive fire making is an essential skill for any survivalist. Many have a basic understanding of how the bow drill and hand drill works but successful execution is really another story. After years of struggling with friction fires I finally found what I was doing wrong. So here are some tips to help you be successful at making friction fires.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Who films you?
Me. I travel alone, shoot, edit, upload, everything, all alone. On a few occasions I may be accompanied by a friend.

How many cameras do you use?
Usually I use just one camera. When I have underwater scenes then I also use a GoPro camera. I get different angles by moving the camera around and repeating the action to create a more cinematic viewing experience for the audience.

Where is this place?
In order to protect the integrity of the natural landscape I prefer to be very vague about the locations I use. There are places that I used to visit that were so beautiful and untouched but the consequences of social media brought all kinds of people to visit and sadly some people do not respect nature and have badly damaged these places. Therefore I do not share locations.

Where did you get your sandals?
I first started wearing sandals on outdoor adventures in February 2014. I’m so glad that I did because wearing these Luna Sandals has really helped strengthen my feet. You can see their selection of adventure and running sandals at this link:
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Do you workout?
Yes, I workout, but not in a gym. I have some weights that I use and also do a lot of bodyweight exercises. I also run and sometimes swim. I hike frequently to collect wild foods and to shoot these videos so I'm very active all the time.

Are you vegan or vegetarian?
I wish I could maintain my health on a primal diet that does not include animals but unfortunately that did not work well and I ended up with health problems as a result of those attempts. From my studies, observations of nature, and personal experience I have come to believe that the best diet for optimal human health is a primal diet (paleo).

Do you get lonely when you’re alone?
No, I don’t get lonely. I’m actually so busy shooting video, taking photos and doing so many other things like making cordage, cooking, weaving, etc. that I really don’t have time to think about my lonely condition. Sometimes when something profound happens on an adventure I can’t wait to share it with people, but other than that I do not get lonely.

How many languages do you speak?
My first language is English but I also speak fluent Spanish and Portuguese. I also speak very little Russian. I may soon begin learning more languages.

How old are you?
I was born in 1972. At the time of this video I was 48.

Where did you get the music in your videos?
This series is the first one that I am making all the music myself. I recently made a drum and maracas (rumba shaker). I am now using them to create the intro and ending music in my videos, but before in the past I have used royalty free music from several sources including KGfilm. Sometimes I bought the music but usually it was free.

My equipment:

Camera: Nikon D7500
Sound: Zoom H4N
Editing: Final Cut Pro X on MacBook Air
Location: Parts Unknown

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  • The bow drill demonstration shows the effort needed to perfect f*cking a woman properly, with the hand drill its all about getting the right elemental balance in space. Persistent consistency creates the spark!

    SilverEyeSilverEye3 күн мурун
  • Me encanto que mostrases el proceso completo con tus fallos, creo que la prueba y error es parte fundamental hacia el exito y verte fallar y frustrarte para luego lograrlo hizo que yo tambien me sintiese feliz al verte lograrlo. me dieron ganas de volver a intentarlo aun sabiendo que voy a fallar. muchas gracias

    Darksenshi VazquezDarksenshi Vazquez5 күн мурун
  • Chad has a nice kit for his environment and primitive tool limitation. Another method using a bow and drill that I've seen replaces the handhold (stone in the video) with a heavier branch/trunk propped up with stakes to hold the drill on it's own so that you can use a longer bow or both hands.

    Sep UlchralSep Ulchral8 күн мурун
  • والله صحيح

    علاوي الساعديعلاوي الساعدي9 күн мурун
  • All your videos are very useful. Thanks for your channel.

    Сергей ЕршовСергей Ершов10 күн мурун
  • Нашел СТЕКЛО и на СОЛНЦЕ ....( подставив под стекло просто СОЛОМУ....) .....И ВСЕ СОЛНЫШКО - зажгет..........МОЖНО ЛУПУ что еще ЛУЧШЕ ..........и не мучится.......

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  • Hey!!! finally you got some pants!!! Congratulations

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  • I like this this video is very informatif

    07_Choirul Anam07_Choirul Anam14 күн мурун
  • Thank you for that

    James Igal NwcaresJames Igal Nwcares14 күн мурун

    Pedro Gaona MendozaPedro Gaona Mendoza15 күн мурун
  • wow pretty impressive

    Eda NavarraEda Navarra16 күн мурун
  • wow so amazing fire

    The Gohan Dog And CatsThe Gohan Dog And Cats16 күн мурун
  • ..that must have been a fire ant..

    blipblip88blipblip8816 күн мурун
  • I still use my multitool to drill the hole if push comes to shove and I need to light fires that way, it's always good having something lol keep this as an edc actually, I'm often outdoors mostly with a mountain bike, so I just have a few tools on me anyway, a multitool makes shit 1000 times easier, I suppose it's the same in an survival situation, I'm also a ongoing soilder, so I probably learn a few survival basics, I'm also German that's why there are probably a few mistakes in my sentences.

    Niklas AhrensNiklas Ahrens18 күн мурун
  • Pure talent

    kago tonikago toni19 күн мурун
  • your 2nd way get fire lacks time and speed at the end

    Hung SurvivalHung Survival20 күн мурун
  • Nice and good tutorial from you Mr. Chad

    UnknownUnknown21 күн мурун
  • Ulises Jaime

    Ulises JaimeUlises Jaime21 күн мурун
  • Your videos are so creative and informative . Thank you for another video

    Sori Ya primitiveSori Ya primitive22 күн мурун
  • ریدی

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  • I consider watching one of your videos as my personal workout. I already sweating watching this 😂

    Habill MaesaHabill Maesa22 күн мурун
  • So the pig problem is choosing the good wood and being confortable

    TrueDiamant 777TrueDiamant 77722 күн мурун
  • Nice

    Briand VictorBriand Victor23 күн мурун
  • Parabens nice

    TraBalhando Online soluçãoTraBalhando Online solução23 күн мурун
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    Juri Bur'akov GybertronNTFSJuri Bur'akov GybertronNTFS23 күн мурун
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    Arun SArun S23 күн мурун
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  • Bravo👏👏👏

    Burhan OrduBurhan Ordu23 күн мурун
  • I feel like I always get to your videos late. Quality as always. Some really cool info, I'm hoping to practice some more fire making skills soon. Thanks to your videos I've started (about 3 years ago?) and have continued my foraging. A bit difficult because you have to brush up on the local ecology of the area first, or at least that's what I do. A quick question: Do you have any other survival content creators you'd recommend to your viewers? Most of the "tips and tricks" channels are super view batey and it's hard to find good, genuine content such as yours.

    Matteo MannaraMatteo Mannara23 күн мурун
  • What was that bottle of lighter fluid for???🤔

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  • y una mujer?

    JorgesitoRikoJorgesitoRiko24 күн мурун
  • What is the category of this video?

    Have FunHave Fun24 күн мурун
  • Nice

    Health Is WealthHealth Is Wealth24 күн мурун
  • The reason for the failure to light a fire was the hard stick in the experiments ........... The last stick was not solid, it was coals

    امبراطورية M-PUBGامبراطورية M-PUBG24 күн мурун
  • I refuse to use the hand drill method because I can wear myself out trying to get a coal. I don't have tough enough hands and at the critical point where additional downward friction and increased spindle speed is required I am spent. I only practice bow and spindle and bamboo friction fire starting. I find the bamboo friction method the easiest, but dried bamboo is not always available.

    bpetnoibpetnoi24 күн мурун
  • Based chad

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    Processing benefits BTProcessing benefits BT25 күн мурун
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    JussChillingJussChilling25 күн мурун
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  • I think I've managed to upload a short video of my drum. The microphone doesn't do it justice. But this is what it is here kgfilm.infoykr7aGCx4Q0?feature=share

    Pete HooverPete Hoover26 күн мурун
  • This guy is a wannabe pretty boy,

    Eis EnterpriseEis Enterprise26 күн мурун
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    Kian SeyfiKian Seyfi26 күн мурун
  • Wow nice

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    Sopphy SydneySopphy Sydney26 күн мурун
  • from Indonesia 🇲🇨

    h e r uh e r u26 күн мурун
  • Hello

    Noah ZornNoah Zorn26 күн мурун
  • Man, you are doing a great job. Can't stop watching your video.

    Shaswata ChakrabortyShaswata Chakraborty26 күн мурун
  • Your amazing video showed up on my feed. God bless! Jesus Christ loves us all! 🙏❤️John 3:16

    Esther PauloEsther Paulo26 күн мурун
  • So you have a massive dry ass area and you decide to make your fire near a big dry field? Do you know what a wild fire is?

    AnyKeyLadyAnyKeyLady26 күн мурун
  • Que primitivo eres amigo su supervivencia es muy buena

    Nehemias MartinezNehemias Martinez26 күн мурун
  • Esto lo hacía mi abuelo cuando iba a cazar venados.

    TioJonathan woodsTioJonathan woods27 күн мурун
  • Melhor canal de sobrevivência... Muito útil seus ensinamentos, atualmente a humanidade esqueceu destas antigas técnicas que graças a elas chegamos a onde estamos hoje.

    Choma.RChoma.R27 күн мурун
    • E legendado !

      Flor ZenFlor Zen18 күн мурун
  • You are awesome Chad. Regards from Fiji

    Neelam MaharajNeelam Maharaj27 күн мурун
  • wow primitive Like the charm of the sea world

    Dalvin PamungkasDalvin Pamungkas27 күн мурун
  • Mehr davon 🤙

    Shoota KwShoota Kw27 күн мурун
  • Muy buenos videos....un saludo desde Barcelona 🇪🇸

    Juan Miguel CarbajosJuan Miguel Carbajos27 күн мурун
  • 1 Hour later......

    Silvia SSilvia S27 күн мурун
  • Chad, how do you make your hands not hurt when doing the hand drill method. I have tried it before and my hands were sore for a week. If you can, please respond! :D

    ̊̊27 күн мурун
  • Wow amazing 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

    Ambyar chanelAmbyar chanel27 күн мурун
  • Yay. Here we go again. Another nice video by my favorites KGfilmr or survivor. 😌👍 Your body it strong man. Great work going over the tendencies you got. Really interesting. And I noticed the lion coat is back. ✌😌👍.

    Ronit ThakurRonit Thakur27 күн мурун
  • 👍👍

    Käse-Sahne- TorteKäse-Sahne- Torte27 күн мурун
  • Can’t wait to see the new skills in the primal tendencies

    Steff JanSteff Jan27 күн мурун
  • kukuntul anjhay

    cctv lintas timurcctv lintas timur27 күн мурун
  • Hello. This method is good only in dry weather, which is a long time and the wood is very dry. And what primitive method of fire extraction do you consider really working? Even in wet weather...

    Лысый БородачЛысый Бородач27 күн мурун
  • maybe you could make primitive gloves to help your hands

    ThatBulgarianThatBulgarian27 күн мурун
  • chads teaching chads. chads rule the world

    ThatBulgarianThatBulgarian27 күн мурун
  • I would love to visit these places but im afraid ill get sunburned

    seKtor 51seKtor 5127 күн мурун
  • I've been watching so many of these videos... i can't stop!! SEND HELP!

    DoXy DoXyDoXy DoXy27 күн мурун
  • Rip ant 😂😂😂

    Ag AgiosAg Agios27 күн мурун
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    benjie bawitbenjie bawit27 күн мурун
  • So much for the last video

    knight Redknight Red27 күн мурун
  • It's cool of course! But looking at all these unimaginable labors, in order to make fire without anything, perhaps I will buy several blocks of ordinary lighters. Gas and resource which will last at least 10 years in the event of an apocalypse. And it takes up little space! Thanks Chad 😊 P.S. These are the thoughts that this video inspired 🔥

    Будь СобойБудь Собой28 күн мурун
  • Thanks!

    Shane PowersShane Powers28 күн мурун
  • I saw this dude at Gold's Gym.... rock'n Oakley thermo bro tech *Bitches were making a straight line yo*

    Maxie PattieMaxie Pattie28 күн мурун
  • I wonder if adding a pinch of dry charcoal dust to the sawdust pile would lower the ignition point, speeding the process?

    DDedenDDeden28 күн мурун
  • If I were in such a desert needing daily fires, I'd invest some downtime in searching for a clear quartz nugget or natural glass to make a magnifying lens to start fires. Being inherently lazy...

    DDedenDDeden28 күн мурун
  • Thank you sir... For such vedios it's really relaxing to watch.

    SHARATH KSHARATH K28 күн мурун
  • how did you make your pants?

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    Hùng VuHùng Vu28 күн мурун
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    Aikalsafwan AikalsafwanAikalsafwan Aikalsafwan28 күн мурун
  • thx for the video

    FakeOrangeYTFakeOrangeYT28 күн мурун
  • Good , you ok 💗💗

    Xã Lợi VlogsXã Lợi Vlogs28 күн мурун
  • Need a lighter?

    xo bugsxo bugs28 күн мурун
  • I remember when I was young, me and my friends tried to make a fire using two stones. I don't know why we did it😅 As far as we know if you scratch the two stones it will create fire.😂 Unfortunately, our hands got burned not because of the fire that stones create but because of the heat that comes from the stones.😂 Reminiscing my childhood days while watching this video.😊

    IelIel28 күн мурун
  • So interesting! But hey, eventually you did it! Not an easy task. I tell you, we as modern humans, we really take fire for granted because it’s not easy to create.

    DomzdreamDomzdream28 күн мурун
  • You deserve your own tv show, you’d be very successful on tv I think. This is TV quality content, that’s for sure. Just as entertaining and informative as some of my favourite shows like survivorman or ray mears.

    everything will be okeverything will be ok28 күн мурун
  • Step 1:. Bring a lighter.

    21Nekoda21Nekoda28 күн мурун
  • Amazing 😊

  • I read this as friction fries... I am hungry

    ًً28 күн мурун
  • hello! Your Video So Nice

    MaLa RoRnMaLa RoRn28 күн мурун
  • Guy would slay on Survivor

    Bill NogBill Nog28 күн мурун
  • Good 😍👍

    love solove so28 күн мурун
  • Excelente lección!🙌🏼🔥

    David Escobar MartínezDavid Escobar Martínez29 күн мурун
  • Wooooow wooooow super gracias me ha gustado la técnica el palo se ve que tira lo que uno le dice aserrín o cabitos de madera de verdad muy importante hasta para la gente que vive donde neva y se pierden en algún lugar como ha sucedido en mi país que se pierden en las montañas y pasan frío por la vaja temperatura de la noche El lugar soñado con diferentes expresiones de la naturaleza felicitaciones amigo super video Pura Vida 🌎🌴

    grace Castillo Arroyograce Castillo Arroyo29 күн мурун
  • Thanks bro I'ma use this tip incase i ever go homeless and am cold at night 🌃. Big thumbs up on the video👍🏽

    M DoggM Dogg29 күн мурун
  • i loved the vidio thanks

    Janet WilsonJanet Wilson29 күн мурун
  • Chad: *giving actual, useful advice in order to share a historical advancement * My primitive arsonist ass: fiyaaaaah!!!!!

    Sam SajorSam Sajor29 күн мурун