Fire Building 101 – Textbook Survival

by on 11/18/2016

When building a fire there are certain steps to take in order to ensure success. It’s not the easiest job but can easily become the most important skill one may need to know.

I. The required items…


The ignition source ( → ←, ↑ ↓ ): open flames, sparks, static electricity, and hot surfaces – ferro rod, reading glasses, magnifying flashlight lense, lighter, spark wheel, fire piston, matches, and a flint & steel. Make it a habit to keep at least one of the above on your person at all times.


Tinder: dry, flammable material, such as wood or paper, used for lighting a fire – dried tree moss, wood shavings, fine plant fibers like cattail fluff, grasses, punk wood. cotton balls, dryer lint, duct tape, tinder fungus, etc.


Kindling: easily combustible small sticks or twigs used for starting a fire – small sticks ranging from pencil width up to double thumb width, smaller twigs, birch bark, and more.


Fuel: cause (a fire) to burn more intensely – sticks larger than kindling width and up.


GATHER ALL SUPPLIES BEFORE BEGINNING. Having supplies prepped and ready can make the difference between building a fire and attempting to build a fire multiple times.

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