How To Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks

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  • Cast away on a deserted island? Here's a survival technique for making a fire with the most basic of resources. How to make a fire rubbing 2 sticks together!

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    Samoan show - Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) - Laie Hawaii.

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    A friction fire made by the "Fire Plow" method is not as easy as it looks. Practicing with the right woods and techniques is invaluable to being prepared for an actual emergency. I used dried wild hibiscus wood, which in my experience is the easiest wood to do this with. I've heard that dried sotol wood is also very easy.

    The Samoans say that any type of wood can be used to make a friction fire, and it's important that both sticks come from the same piece of wood.

    I've tried many different woods and been successful with amazing amounts of smoke, but thus far haven't had any success in developing a coal. It's probably my technique, which I hope I can master over time, but I've found very little information on the subject, and nobody who's actually done it with wood other than hibiscus or sotol.
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Comments: 1 683

  • The Plastic Brikk
    The Plastic Brikk 2 days ago

    Actually, (sorry to correct you 🙁) but a pump drill is a way more effective way to make primitive fire, giving ignition in seconds

  • Wendy
    Wendy 3 days ago

    How can they even watch this when they have no technology with them?

  • Sky versal
    Sky versal 3 days ago

    now just go out and punch a rabbit to death the new hard part is cooking!

  • Clint Jones
    Clint Jones 14 days ago

    How in the eff

  • shakedro
    shakedro Month ago +1

    thanks for the help i just got stuck on a island with my phone

  • Orbitz Gaming
    Orbitz Gaming Month ago

    How to make a homemade bong

  • Skylar Ray
    Skylar Ray Month ago

    I finally found out the meaning of life!!!!!!! It's making fire 🔥 with wood😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Not Gordon Ramsay
    Not Gordon Ramsay Month ago

    How do you make wilson?

  • GgGamer96 67
    GgGamer96 67 Month ago

    How to get rescued use smoke signals

  • Alexander Postell
    Alexander Postell Month ago


  • Sabino Luévano
    Sabino Luévano Month ago

    there is no place to get loose anymore. There are houses everywhere.

  • Stephen B. Smith
    Stephen B. Smith 2 months ago +1

    How do you know what is the right type of wood

  • NITSComedy
    NITSComedy 2 months ago

    here i am again 5 years later

  • Pikachu3327
    Pikachu3327 2 months ago +1

    is it just me or does anyone else want to just get stranded on a deserted island too

  • SourDragon 121
    SourDragon 121 2 months ago

    Yup I'm stuck on an island, that's how I get free WiFi, WIFI IN TAHITI

  • los vega
    los vega 2 months ago

    I am stuck on island in the middle of no where I have service for 10 minutes instead of getting help I am going to YouTube how to start a fire!

  • Jeremiah Jackson
    Jeremiah Jackson 2 months ago

    Great vid

  • MK9 Scorpion101 _
    MK9 Scorpion101 _ 2 months ago

    Who here knows the game stranded deep?

  • MK9 Scorpion101 _
    MK9 Scorpion101 _ 2 months ago

    also stranded deep as well

    IBALIDERPFACE 2 months ago +1

    how to make a fire with sticks


    coconut husk

  • Fiona Playz
    Fiona Playz 2 months ago

    Is it possible to make an SOS sign with fire?

  • Calara Marius
    Calara Marius 2 months ago

    thank you for advice

  • Astrayonico Protio
    Astrayonico Protio 2 months ago


  • The Alpha Kid
    The Alpha Kid 2 months ago


  • The Alpha Kid
    The Alpha Kid 2 months ago

    This is useful. I need this info

  • Dylanfoxay gameh
    Dylanfoxay gameh 3 months ago

    grnt hat if you don't have those tree or not at that toy eof stranded place with coconuts and that tree type

  • Matthew Wiens
    Matthew Wiens 3 months ago

    does not work

  • Moonlight Productions
    Moonlight Productions 3 months ago

    this dude copy the samoans way

  • Bobby Campbell
    Bobby Campbell 3 months ago


  • TheFlyingRat
    TheFlyingRat 3 months ago

    anyone in 2017

  • theoriginalbillholt
    theoriginalbillholt 3 months ago +1

    I just saw the number of subscribers Grant has. He strikes me as a very gainfully employed science geek of some sort, but at this point he must be able to live off of a YouTube monetization agreement. YouTube is highly secretive about their 'invitation only' compensation structure. I heard some cryptic hints about it a couple of years back. They must have offered a deal for this channel. 7,844,580 subscribers. 3,176,196 views on this video alone. The King of Random's crown has to be pure gold.

  • Fiona Corea Baltodano
    Fiona Corea Baltodano 3 months ago


  • dannyoman
    dannyoman 3 months ago

    you fraud you , you got the idea of Wilson he told you about MY invention DIDN'T HE !!¡! RRrR hahaha

  • G E G A Channel
    G E G A Channel 3 months ago

    Awesome ;) I Thought It Would Be Difficult to make Sharp Stick without knife,but it is able with sharp rock too :) so i can do sharp stick and second stick for this first one too:) Thanks bro <3 i always thought that rock would be perfect for it

  • # 0ne
    # 0ne 3 months ago

    it's funny how primitive humans thousands of years ago we're able to do this but now we are more advanced but we have to look up how to do this guess what they didn't have YouTube😮

  • Enderwarlord123
    Enderwarlord123 4 months ago

    This is why your phone has an emergency call

  • Alpha or Elite
    Alpha or Elite 4 months ago

    If you were on a island you could boil the water and drink it. I think an island is the best place to get trapped on because theres crab and food that goes to shore.

  • Texas fried Chicken
    Texas fried Chicken 4 months ago

    My question is can you weld something to getter upswing something freezing cold

  • TerrorizedTaco22
    TerrorizedTaco22 4 months ago

    if we were stranded watching this viedo on our phone wouldnt we just call for help?

  • TheFrozenHawk
    TheFrozenHawk 4 months ago

    i may have accidentally started a fire in my backyard....

  • NoshGames
    NoshGames 4 months ago

    It's a hiBISQUEus tree?
    👍🏻if you get it.

  • Dax to the Max
    Dax to the Max 4 months ago

    Wilson? is that you? How'd you get here!? welp..

  • HedgeSir
    HedgeSir 4 months ago

    who else is watching this in 2017?

  • Alphacatface
    Alphacatface 4 months ago

    type i like cats if you like cats

  • Peter Holland
    Peter Holland 4 months ago

    you are very POSH

  • Concoved
    Concoved 4 months ago

    Yes because we will watch THIS video while being stranded on an island lol

  • The HugeNerdPlayz
    The HugeNerdPlayz 4 months ago

    Wow this deserted island has a great wifi connection!!

    • Joseph
      Joseph 4 months ago

      cell phone towers disguised as coconut trees :P

  • Rohit Patel
    Rohit Patel 5 months ago

    by the way I love this channel so no affence

    how do you watch a YouTube video without internet-_- in a island

  • TheNoobs
    TheNoobs 5 months ago

    what if you don't have coca nuts

  • Mighty_EagleGaming
    Mighty_EagleGaming 5 months ago

    I should be going to bed

    MADROVR k 5 months ago

    Cast away is an amazing movie

  • Carlton Banks
    Carlton Banks 5 months ago

    Bruh, tell me that was time lapse.

  • Steel Hoof 8-30
    Steel Hoof 8-30 5 months ago

    so what wood types work best? does anyone know.

  • Chris
    Chris 5 months ago

    Worked great for me! After 2 hours of rubbing my stick against my sleeping friends face he started on fire. Thanks!

  • PackageIsHere discontinued

    How to make a "fire' by "rubbing sticks" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • ENDRproductions
    ENDRproductions 5 months ago

    Can you guys please check out our channel? It's funny!! Thanks :)

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    Imbetterthanu 5 months ago

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  • dab dab2
    dab dab2 5 months ago

    get of the youtube channel you are rubbish were no t intrested boo boo boo

  • Byron Poliah
    Byron Poliah 5 months ago

    do u even make any more videos ?

  • Sarah Ivey
    Sarah Ivey 6 months ago

    make cotten candy out chocalate

  • Biker 423
    Biker 423 6 months ago

    soon he is gonna start a car with a patato

  • Ryan Flores
    Ryan Flores 6 months ago

    yet he still had access to a camera XD

  • Diamond Hollow Gamer 2.0

    "And now you simply rub the sticks together"... (Many hours later) "err, it might take a while"

  • Exploding Bullets
    Exploding Bullets 6 months ago

    I'm whatching these vids just in case I ever need these this info

  • Hose
    Hose 6 months ago

    This is faster than bear grills rubbing sticks together

  • theapocilip
    theapocilip 6 months ago

    One thing this vid doesn't mention or do. HAVE ALL TINDER AND KINDLING AT YOUR SIDE AND READY.

  • sony Huu
    sony Huu 6 months ago

    can it be any type of sticks?

  • Logan Castaneda
    Logan Castaneda 6 months ago

    Me: Oh darn, im trapped on an island.
    *Watches youtube*
    Me: Welp, time to start a fire

  • TheLegend21 - Clash Royale and Clash of Clans

    next video: how to find tom hanks on an island

  • Clive Warren
    Clive Warren 7 months ago

    Love your videos grant

  • Profight er
    Profight er 7 months ago

    And how would we watch this video if we were stranded

    • - Static
      - Static 7 months ago

      Profight er REMEMBER. have you ever heard of it. it's when you access older memories.

  • jayme belonge
    jayme belonge 7 months ago

    what is this method called i know bow drill or hand drill but what is this one called?

  • Mark Frost
    Mark Frost 7 months ago

    how long did it take to get it to smokeing

  • gorillaboi 755
    gorillaboi 755 7 months ago

    that's the samoan way we in the south Pacific

  • videogame kaboom
    videogame kaboom 7 months ago

    What kind of wood

  • Daniel Sanchez
    Daniel Sanchez 7 months ago +1


  • Jared Angst
    Jared Angst 7 months ago


  • Kae Valdez
    Kae Valdez 7 months ago

    this video save my life

  • robert kline
    robert kline 7 months ago

    That's pretty cool never know what's gonna happen around the next corner

  • Ligh† Yagami
    Ligh† Yagami 7 months ago

    Just use lighter men XDDD

  • ProCelestialEmpire
    ProCelestialEmpire 7 months ago

    This seems much more convenient and easier than drill fire?

  • Erham Roslan
    Erham Roslan 7 months ago

    ahh....I miss the old intro

  • Lê Bình
    Lê Bình 7 months ago

    what's the name of the island grant

  • MrBlueKing
    MrBlueKing 7 months ago


  • Michael Banks
    Michael Banks 7 months ago

    Does pine wood work, with pinecones as tinder?

  • Andrew C
    Andrew C 7 months ago

    must u used hibiscus wood

  • Stugots666x
    Stugots666x 8 months ago

    After I have made fire, next comes the Bow and arrow and I will return home someday and become......????????

  • Kamran 1025
    Kamran 1025 8 months ago +1

    Im stranded on a island with an iPad watching this video. I have wifi and I can call 911 or whoever. I would just do all of that work for nothing instead of calling for help. Jeez.

    I still love this vid tho! :D

    • Erik Schauer
      Erik Schauer 7 months ago

      Kamran 1025 z

    • Kamran 1025
      Kamran 1025 7 months ago

      Aurora Obsidian so they can rescue me.... DUUH!

    • Aurora Obsidian
      Aurora Obsidian 7 months ago

      Kamran 1025 I don't know why you would call 911, though.

  • DogeDude4Life
    DogeDude4Life 8 months ago +1

    i did this in my back yard and i almsot burned down the fence 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Onion Rings
    Onion Rings 8 months ago +1

    Hopefully I have my phone and wifi when I'm stranded so I can watch this.

  • Dilip Suthar
    Dilip Suthar 8 months ago

    through remote away

  • Jason Kim
    Jason Kim 8 months ago

    I realized that if there is no coconut husk around, only coconuts, you can use the method in his how to open coconuts without any tools to get a lot off husk

  • TheGamingWolf1000
    TheGamingWolf1000 8 months ago

    How would I do this in a deciduous forest rather than an island?

  • Skippy
    Skippy 8 months ago

    So sure who doesn't have an iPad/phone in a survival situation

  • ColtBrony
    ColtBrony 8 months ago

    Hey Grant, the left-bottom teaser-video at the end of the main video links to the fire piston video (whereas it should link to the solar scorcher one). Just letting you know~ :)

  • captain peyton
    captain peyton 8 months ago

    its what samoans did to start a fire

  • Hirikaya Ren
    Hirikaya Ren 8 months ago

    how do i know if it's a softwood or hardwood

    • Kiisutaja
      Kiisutaja 8 months ago

      You'll know if the wood is hard.(Insert lennyface)

    • -leo182 -
      -leo182 - 8 months ago

      soft wood is chalky

  • Nugget Dugget
    Nugget Dugget 8 months ago +1


  • Master Mind
    Master Mind 8 months ago

    the only thing i started by rubbing the wood is some wet tissues

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