So, you are out in the wild and all of your fire starting and fire building practice has paid off. You have a really nice fire going keeping you and your loved ones warm. You are able to cook some supper and purify a few canteens full of water for the next day’s journey. With a full belly, you plan on hitting the rack after completing an inspection and survey of your gear. As you are inventorying your fire staring resources you notice that you have very few waterproof matches left. Concerned, you have a warm, but restless night, worrying about your diminishing fire building capabilities.
You may have started this fire with a match or by some primitive technique that requires a lot of hard work and expended energy. If you learn and practice how to carry fire with you then you will not have to worry about your fire starting capabilities the next time you stop to either eat or set camp. This can result in a great deal of saved time, time that can be used for other essential tasks such as finding food or creating shelter. Here’s a couple of ways you can successfully carry your fire along with you.
Fire Tube – Find a nearby hardwood tree that has bark. The bark needs to be fresh and pliable enough to roll into a tube shape. Take a long sheet of the bark and place tinder down the middle of it. This
would be any dry material, such as dry grass and twigs, which you would normally use as tinder while building a fire. Roll the bark length-wise and secure the fire tube by tying cord pieces (or anything similar) the length of the tube. When the tube is complete, take a few hot embers from your existing campfire and drop them into the end of the tube. As you are breaking camp and heading out, keep the open- end of the cone facing into the wind to allow the embers to have air. If for some reason the contents within the cone catch fire, simply stomp on the flame until extinguished.
Fire Bundle – This method is easily done if you have an empty metal can available to you. Punch several holes into the metal can along the sides. This allows the hot ember to get the oxygen required to keep it burning. Gather up tinder and a handful of wet grass and leaves. Place a few hot embers into the can and surround the embers first with the tinder and then surround the tinder with the damp foliage. The embers should smolder for quite some time allowing you to use it as you fire starter the next time you make camp.
Tree Fungus – If you are lucky enough to find some tree fungus, that’s the white discus looking stuff growing out of the bottom of a tree, they make outstanding fire carrying devices. Break one of the disks off the side of the tree. If you look inside the disk you will notice a spongy inner material. Hold a hot ember to this spongy material until a hot ember is created within the spongy insides. Once this is accomplished, loosely wrap the disk in moss. Make sure to check on the ember every now and then to make certain it is still hot. Give it a gentle blow to help nurse it along.
Fire is very important to anyone in a survival situation. Always make sure your gear has plenty of fire starting redundancy. If you find yourself running low on fire starters, you can always utilize one of these methods. The important thing is to learn and practice these skills now so that you may be proficient when it comes down to a life and death situation.
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- Intro to Land Navigation (Part 2 – Maps) (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)