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Tips for Starting Survival Fire To know how to build a fire is among of the most essential skills useful in the wilderness. A fire can serve various purposes. It helps you stay warm and dry. You will be able to cook food and sterilize bandages and water with it. It can keep dangerous animals away while the smoke keeps flying insects at bay. Of course, you can also use it to signal for help. Picking a Fireplace Before you start a fire, pick a place for it. Pick well for location is rather important. First find a place that is sheltered and protected from the wind and has good supply of wood and fuel fuel. There should be no dry vegetation nearby or anything that might catch fire. As you may know, safety is always the 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. Picking 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 be easy to start a fire with, such as good tinder, which only requires a spark to ignite. The tinder must be completely dry, of course. Many things can be used for tinder, such as paper, bark, resin, leaves and bark. Resin can be sourced from spruce and pine trees. What’s nice about resin is its ability to burn whether wet or dry. A knife is all you need to turn dry sticks and pieces of bark into powdery tinder. Tinder is the most important part of a fire so you need to prepare it right. 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. Best to use are sticks and twigs that are small and dry. 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 some of the best sources of dry firewood. Final Pointers As we have mentioned, safety should always be your number one priority when starting a fire. That means never leaving camp until the fire has been out completely. And yes, it helps to check twice or even thrice.