February 26, 2014
Survival Gear: 5 Survival Uses for Glass Beer Bottles - 5
by Tim MacWelch
As maddening as it is to see litter and other castoff remains of modern civilization in the wild, certain items can be can be a welcome find in a survival situation. One of the most enduring and useful trash items is the beer bottle, which has the potential to last for centuries — and the potential to help us survive an emergency. Here are my top five uses of an empty glass bottle.
With a little bit of the char cloth I just mentioned, some direct sunlight, and a clear glass beer bottle full of clear water, you can light a fire via optical fire making. Lay your char cloth (or a similar high-quality tinder) on a flat rock. Place your clear, water-filled bottle on its side, next to the tinder. The sun should be shining through the rounded bottle shoulder, down onto the tinder. Pick the bottle up slightly, keeping it close to the tinder. When all of the angles are right, the hot spot of light should cause the tinder to smoke immediately. Patience is a virtue with this skill, but as any fire fighter can attest, clear bottles start brushfires all the time in sunny weather. For this picture, I am using a water-filled bottle, capped with duct tape, and aimed at the dust from birch fungus. Once the angles were right, it lit in seconds.
Got a survival skill, craft, or hobby that utilizes beer bottles? Please tell us all about it in the comments.