Chewing Gum and a battery can be used Fire Starter - Use the foil-backed wrapper to short circuit an AA battery and create a flame. First, tear the wrapper into an hourglass shape and touch the foil to the positive and negative battery terminals. The electrical current will briefly cause the paper wrapper to ignite. Use the flame to light a candle or tinder.
great idea, and the manufacturer actually explains it for DIY-ers! It doesn't really heat a whole house, but for a small hut, it could work on cold spring/fall evenings when you don't want to start the wood stove.