Making Flaming Arrows like Beetee


Beetee was quite the weaponsmaker in Mockingjay. He hooked Katniss and Gale up with bows that fired flaming and incendiary arrows to attack the hovercraft with. While the Hunger Games series is fictional, flaming arrows do exist. They’ve been used in Olympic ceremonies as well as by professional archers for show.

The cool part is that you can actually make flaming arrows by yourself.
Professional Flaming Arrows.  You can’t purchase arrows designed specifically for flammability. However, it doesn’t mean that ones were never made. Check out this video:

The flaming arrow used in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics torch lighting was made by the Easton Archery Company. They were specially designed for the Olympics. The tip was made to keep wind from putting out the flame since the archer had to shoot it at a high arc and into the torch.

Beetee could probably make one better.

Warning and Disclaimer.

But heed this fair warning: anytime you mix weapons with fire, there’s an element of danger. Do not try this without proper supervision or safety taken into consideration. For example, do not fire a flaming arrow in an enclosed area, a dry area or without a fire extinguisher or a lot of water around.

You aren’t fighting in the rebellion with the lives of your district in your hands.

However, if you have a safe place to fire AND you are a competent archer with a smart friend on hand, it’s very possible to make your own flaming arrow.

Flaming Arrow Materials. First off, use the longest aluminum arrow your bow can possibly handle. Aluminum arrows will not catch on fire.

You will also need some steel wool, a small drill, and  lamp oil. Oh, and make sure you have a friend with you. Just like Katniss needed Gale and Peeta, you need someone to help you make this happen safely.

Flaming Arrow Construction. Drill a hole about 1/8 of an inch wide 4 inches from the tip of the arrow. Space out about four of these holes until the last one is about a half inch from the tip.

Next, pack the steel wool into those holes and leave just enough outside the holes so that you can clump it all together. On the last hole close to the tip, clump extra steel wool and form a 1-inch ball to cover the tip. You don’t want to pack too much steel wool on the arrow or else you will throw it completely off balance.

Dip the arrow tip in the lamp oil. Allow it to finish dripping before notching.

Shooting the Flaming Arrow. To fire this flaming arrow, try to use a compound, composite, non-wooden bow. Use one that has a good notch and not a very high draw so that you reduce the risk of a flaming arrow falling before it launches. When you notch the arrow, have your friend light the tip at arm’s length and then obviously step back.  Draw back your bow. The arrow will slowly catch on fire. Once you see the tip enflamed, release. Since you are using steel wool and lamp oil, the flame should not die out in the wind. In fact, it should burn better through flight.