Hand Drills




handdrilllrgThe Hand Drill is the other classic way to make fire (the Bow Drill is the other).  In terms of equipment, all you need is a weed stalk and a relatively soft, flat piece of wood to “drill” into.   In general the longer the weed stalk the easier it is to get a fire, however with a little practice a fire can be obtained quickly from a short as well as a longer weed stalk.  We offer Teasel stalks and cedar fire boards since they are relative easy for beginners to learn the technique and get fires from.

After you a confident with the Teasel sets you can progress to a Mullein, Goldenrod or Cattail stalks and experiment with other fire board materials such as willow, basswood and poplar.  Yucca is also a wood that can be used for either the stalk (if you can find one that is straight or the fire board) once you get good with your Teasel Set.

All of our Hand Drill Sets are pre-tested to insure they will make a fire and come with you chosen weed stalk, fire board that is notched and burned-in, bag of shredded jute tinder, extra jute tinder twine, written instructions and a sample of the dust that came from your set as a guide to the color of dust you are looking for

Here is a list of materials and their relative difficulty for use as a hand drill.
Material     Length of stalk        Price
 Teasel              (18″)                     $ 19.95   

 Teasel              (20″)                     $ 21.95
Teasel               (23″)                     $ 24.95
Teasel               (27″)                     $ 28.95
Teasel               (29″)                     $ 31.95
Teasel               (32″)                     $ 34.95