Gum Wrapper and AA Battery Fire
by PapaD Wright
Pretty much any cell or battery of this size or larger will work; using a 9 volt battery with steel wool is known by quite a few people. But unless you plan ahead and bring it with you, 0000 fine steel wool is not generally available. Gum wrappers are not always a given either, but many products are now being packaged in aluminum-backed paper similar to gum wrappers. Odds are far of putting your hands on a piece of this in a pinch than 0000 grade steel wool. Besides, 1.5 AA cell is not powerful enough to ignite steel wool, although it will burn the gum wrapper.
You can see a video clip of this at the following link. Gum Wrapper & AA Battery Fire