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How to Build Survival Fire from Scratch Knowing how to create a fire is among of the most fundamental skills required for survival in the wilderness. A fire can meet different needs. It keeps you dry, warm and comfortable. It can be used to cook food, clean water and sterilize bandages. It can shoo away dangerous animals, including flying insects that are sensitive to smoke. Of course, you can also use it to signal for help. Choosing Your Fireplace Before you start a fire, pick a place for it. You need to choose well as location matters a lot. First look for a place that is sheltered and protected against the wind and has ample supply of wood and fuel. There should be no dry vegetation nearby or anything that might catch fire. As you probably know, safety is always the number one priority. Before you start the fire, whether on a layer of stones, solid ground or a flat shale rock, remove all debris from the area. This will prevent a ground fire as well as leave zero trace of the fire, save for soot stones. Choosing Your Fire Material
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To build a fire, you have to do it slowly, starting with tiny pieces of wood, then going on to bigger pieces as the fire picks up.
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Tinder You need a material that will make starting a fire easy, like good tinder, which ignites with just a spark. The tinder must be completely dry, of course. Many things can be used for tinder, such as paper, bark, resin, leaves and bark. Spruce and pine trees are sources of resin. What’s nice about resin is its ability to burn whether wet or dry. just use your knife. Remember, tinder is the most important part of your fire so be sure to prepare it right. If possible, cover small twigs and sticks with resin. Have enough tinder available to keep your fire going. Start collecting tinder before you actually need it, and always put it in your backpack or pocket so it’s available when you have to use it. Kindling Kindling is highly combustible and great to add to your burning tinder. The best choices are small and dry sticks and twigs. They will easily ignite as soon as you put them on a small flame. Fuel As soon as your fire is established, you can throw in bigger pieces of firewood but not until you have made sure they are fully dry. Dead trees are some of the best sources of dry firewood. Final Tips As we have mentioned, safety should always be your number one priority when starting a fire. That includes never leaving camp until the fire is completely out. And certainly, it’s best to check twice or probably even thrice.