One of my friends nephews asked me this the other day. He's in cub scouts now and has learned to make his first camp stove from a can, paraffin, and cardboard. he was very excited about it and that he learned to make a fire with matches, paper, and kindling ( even used by name ) I was raised around a primitive way of life ( most of the time ) we had gardens, sheep, and belonged to primitive black powder clubs as long as i can remember. my answer to the fire question revolves around that. Flint, Steel, char-cloth and a jute birds nest, some tinder, kindling, and fuel wood. its easy, works most of the time ( rain permitting ) and is alot of fun when done in a competition setting. this method really gets people excited about fire building, and i can remember going to these competitions when i was 4-5, and having a great time. i never got to light the big fire, but it was still alot of fun. anyways, whats your favorite method or most unique method of building a fire and why?