How to Start a Fire with just a Chewing Gum Wrapper and a AA Battery.

start a fire with a gum wrapper and aa battery

There is an old saying that two is one and one is none. What it implies is that you should carry two of any item that is considered vital. A good example of this theory would be fire starting mechanisms. One match in a wet situation or one lighter that runs out of fluid can leave you freezing all night long. Luckily this can easily be avoided, but if you find yourself in a situation where you can’t get a fire started, he is a little trick for your arsenal. You can use the battery out of your headlamp and the wrapper from a stick of gum to get a fire going quite easily with the right technique.


One tricky issue is that gum manufacturers have shifted towards using paper wrappers lately. We’ll save you some searching, as we found out that the brands Extra and Five still provide foil on their products.

So lets get the fire going.

The first thing you need to do is tear the wrapper into two halves. The battery current works better with a thinner surface area.


The next step is tear out a portion in the middle. The current from the battery will travel to the narrowest point; so we want that point to be in the middle, away from the terminals and your fingers.


You then will put the negative end of the battery onto the foil. After you are in position and close to your tinder, press the positive half (tin to battery on both ends). It should instantly smoke and you should have fire quickly. If it does not ignite quickly, stop. The terminals will start heating up and you can risk burning your fingers. See the video below for this method in action.



Have you ever used this method to start a fire? Do you have any favorite fire making tricks up your sleeve? Let the community know in the comments below, we would love to hear them. 

Stay Wild

– Chad

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