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Published on October 1st, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Best Ikea hack ever? You decide.

Erik and Eric tipped me on this Flamma hack by Helmut Smit, an artist/designer. I’m still iffy on it because it’s either a very expensive way to keep warm or a brilliant demo on how we can survive when we really need to by gutting our beloved Ikea furniture. You be the jury.

Link to video on youtube.

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33 Responses to Best Ikea hack ever? You decide.

  1. Anonymous says:

    my only satisfaction watching this video was seeing that the ‘hacker’ had cut himself with the knife requiring a band-aid.

  2. Anonymous says:

    it seems as though he set out to destroy as many items as possible just to bore everyone to tears! he could probably have rubbed a stick on his head to start a fire,,he’s obviously as thick as 2 short planks,,lol


  3. Anonymous says:

    why would you go to all that trouble when all you need in your pockets are a battery and some wire wool!

  4. Anonymous says:

    ca revient cher le feu, quand même….

  5. kanzi says:

    for Italian readers. Otherwise please use Google translate ;)

  6. Anonymous says:

    if this is your champion….

  7. Amy says:

    What a waste.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is so much help! Now I know, If I ever participate on ‘Survivor’ reality, what my fav items will be! Thank you man!

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is a serious contender for the Rube Goldberg award. Seriously.
    I would also like to know how I can donate a few cents to the poor guy, so that he can go buy a lighter.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why???? and those nail!!

  11. tangface says:

    And the moral of the story is. . . when the apocalypse/Armageddon/end of the world occurs, head to the nearest IKEA store. :)

  12. Patri says:

    From my point of view, this video isn’t a hack for 2 reasons: 1)- you could have done the same using less material; 2) – you didn’t need to thrash that amount of wood to show that you know how to start a fire. IKEA sells lighters. One of IKEA’s sayings/politcs – I’m not english so I can’t find the right word – it’s to spare and respect environment. I think it shouldn’t be seen as an IKEA hack.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This video is almost as lame as the OK Go video posted today.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, that seems very excessive. Thumbs down.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I liked the band-aid.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ugh! Man make fire! I’m impressed. Good hack.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I thought it was a great hack. Very creative use of many Ikea products.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Are things in Ikea hacker-dom really this slow?

    Pathetically conceived and executed.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Lamest of the lame

  20. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I couldn’t even get through it. The power of prediction is fantastic, and this is 7+ minutes I don’t have…


  21. Anonymous says:

    Great idea and great video! Really funny:)

  22. jo says:

    not at all the best hack. the REAL best is what i saw just 2 days ago in a ikea center, for i have no picture of. a mom strolling her kid, who was laying in a yellow “if you like the yellow, buy the blue” trolley, if this is what they call it.

  23. Brater says:

    The napkins are not the best solution. There are impregnated very often so they burn worse. Kitchen roll or toilet paper should be better.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Ha Ha, this is it, this is the cure for smoking. Stop selling matches and lighters and make smokers use this to light their cigarettes….

  25. Christie says:

    The video would have been better if he used the fire to cook up some Swedish meatballs.

  26. Laura says:

    Best hack OF ALL TIME. If I’m ever stranded freezing & hungry in an Ikea, I’ll know what to do. x-)

  27. Anonymous says:

    I’m afraid I don’t understand the meaning of this

  28. Anonymous says:

    En France, on a pas de pétrole, mais on a des idées !

  29. Christie says:

    You think IKEA would be upset if I tried this at the store? :-)

  30. Anonymous says:

    Es ist eine witzige Persiflage auf alle IKEA Hacks und auf diese Seite hier. Und deshalb genial!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how they did that in the stone age… with no IKEA around! :-)

  32. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t Ikea sell Matches or Lighters?

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