Build a Fire-
Building a fire is the most important task when dealing with survival in the wilderness. Be sure to build yours in a sandy or rocky area out of the direct wind, use rocks to create a wind break if needed. The most common mistakes made by those attempting to build a fire are; choosing poor or wet tinder, failing to shield precious matches from the wind and smothering the flames with too large pieces of fuel. The four most important factors when starting a fire are spark – tinder – fuel – oxygen, start small and work your way up to larger pieces as not to smother the fire.
The most common ways to create spark for a fire are:
2. A cigarette lighter is also a good way to produce a spark, with or without fuel.
3. The flint and steel method is one of the oldest and most reliable methods in fire starting. Aim the sparks at a pile of dry tinder to produce a fire.
4. The electric spark produced from a battery will ignite a gasoline dampened rag or steel wool wired to both terminals by jumper cables.
5. Remove half of the powder from a bullet and pour it into the tinder. Next place a rag in the cartridge case of the gun and fire. The rag should ignite and then may be placed into the tinder.
6. Allow the sun’s rays to pass through a magnifying glass or eye glasses onto the tinder. This method takes some time but it will work.
Dry grass, paper or cloth lint, gasoline-soaked rags and dry bark are all forms of tinder. Place your tinder in a small pile resembling a tepee with the driest pieces at the bottom. Use a fire starter or strip of pitch if it is available. There are also many types of emergency fire starters on the market that are great and easy to pack in any survival kit. It is important to keep in mind that smaller pieces of kindling such as, twigs, bark, shavings and gasoline, are necessary when trying to ignite larger pieces of fuel. Gather fuel before attempting to start your fire. Obviously dry wood burns better and wet or pitchy wood will create more smoke. Dense, dry wood will burn slow and hot. A well ventilated fire will burn best.
Author: The Survival Guy
- 5-step guide to proper fire making (matadornetwork.com)
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