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How to Start a Fire for Survival 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 helps you stay warm and dry. You can cook food with it, as well as sterilize water and bandages. It can shoo away dangerous animals, including flying insects that are sensitive to smoke. Of course, it may also be used as a signal that you need help. Selecting a Fireplace Before building a fire, choose your fireplace. Make sure you choose well as location is 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 may know, safety is always the priority. Prior to starting the fire, whether on a flat shale rock, a layer of stones or on solid ground, the area must be cleared of any debris. This prevents a ground fire and leaves no trace of the fire, except 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 What you need is some kind of material that easily starts a fire, like good tinder, which is ignited by a mere spark. Of course, it is important that the tinder is fully dry. Many things can be used for tinder, such as paper, bark, resin, leaves and bark. Resin is found in spruce and pine trees. What’s nice about resin is its ability to burn whether wet or dry. To make powdery tinder from dry sticks and pieces of bark. Note that tinder is fire’s most important content so it must be prepared well. If you have some resin, cover small twigs and sticks with it. Have a good supply of tinder on hand to keep your fire from going out. Gather tinder before you need it, and keep some in your pocket or backpack so it’s always ready when you have to use it. Kindling Kindling is highly combustible and great to add to your burning tinder. Small dry twigs and sticks are the best to use. They must easily light when you place 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 are particularly good sources of dry firewood. Final Pointers As we have mentioned, safety should always be your number one 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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