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How to Build Survival Fire from Scratch To know how to build a fire is among of the most essential skills useful in the wilderness. A fire can meet different needs. It keeps you dry, warm and comfortable. You will be able to cook food and sterilize bandages and water with it. It can drive away dangerous animals away and even flying insects with the smoke. Of course, it may also be used as a signal that you need help. Selecting a Fireplace Before beginning a fire, you have to find a good spot for it. Pick well for location is rather important. First find a place where there’s good supply of wood and fuel and the fire can be protected from the wind. Also make it a point that nothing nearby, such as dry vegetation, can catch fire. As you probably know, safety is always the number one priority. Remove any debris in the area and begin the fire on solid ground, a flat shale of rock or a layer of stones. This keeps the possibility of a ground fire at bay and will make sure no traces of the fire are left, except soot stones. Choosing Your Material
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To start a fire, you must do it gradually, starting with smaller wood pieces and moving on to bigger ones as the fire builds 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. Of course, it is important that the tinder is fully dry. So many things can be used as tinder, including resin, leaves, bark, leaves and grass. Spruce and pine trees are sources of resin. What’s great about resin is that it burns even when it’s wet. To make powdery tinder from dry sticks and pieces of bark. 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 a good supply of tinder on hand to keep your fire from going out. 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. Best to use are sticks and twigs that are small and dry. They will easily ignite as soon as you put them on a small flame. Fuel When your fire has established, you can start adding bigger firewood pieces but not without ensuring they are completely dry. Dead trees make some of the best providers of dry firewood. Final Pointers As we have said earlier, safety must be your main priority when starting a fire. That means you should never leave camp without putting the fire out completely. And yes, it helps to check twice or even thrice.

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