This Fire Stone Lighter is Inspired by 18th Century Alaskan Whalers

By: David Ingram - Oct 30, 2015
References: georgeandwilly & blessthisstuff
This simple yet innovative fire stone lighter lets you easily ignite a fire without the need for newspaper or kindling.

The 'George & Willy Fire Starter' system is inspired by Alaskan whalers from the 18th century who used whale fat as a way to ignite their camp fires. A porous ceramic fire stone is soaked in an oil-filled vessel, and when lit on fire, produces a generous flame for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

Simply place the stone under some firewood and remove it when the fire is ignited, making sure to let it cool down before placing back in the vessel. This quick and easy system can use everyday lamp oil available at a local hardware store, and the vessel only needs to be refilled two to three times a year for easy to light fires.