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How to Start a Fire for Survival Knowing how to make a fire is one of the most basic outdoor skills. A fire can do many things. It can keep your body dry, warm and comfortable. It can be used to cook food, clean water and sterilize bandages. It can drive away dangerous animals away and even flying insects with the smoke. Of course, it a good way to signal for help. Selecting a Fireplace Before beginning a fire, you have to find a good spot for it. You need to choose well as location matters a lot. First find a place where there’s good supply of wood and fuel and the fire can be protected from the wind. There should be no dry vegetation nearby or anything that might catch fire. As you probably know, safety is always the number one 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 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 Fire 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. Resin can be sourced from spruce and pine trees. 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. Note that tinder is fire’s most important content so it must be prepared well. Rub resin on small twigs and sticks if possible. Have enough tinder available to keep your fire going. Begin gathering tinder even before you need it, and have it in your pocket or backpack so that it’s when it’s time to use it. Kindling A highly combustible material, kindling can be added to burning timber to keep the fire going. Small dry twigs and sticks are the best to use. They must easily light when you place 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 particularly good sources of dry firewood. Final Pointers As we have said earlier, safety must be your main priority when starting a fire. That means never leaving camp until the fire has been out completely. And certainly, it’s best to check twice or probably even thrice.