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Tips for Starting Survival Fire Knowing how to make a fire is one of the most basic outdoor skills. 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 drive away dangerous animals away and even flying insects with the smoke. Of course, you can also use it to signal for help. Choosing Your 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 look for a place that is sheltered and protected against the wind and has ample supply of wood and fuel. 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. 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 will prevent a ground fire as well as leave zero trace of the fire, save for 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 be easy to start a fire with, such as good tinder, which only requires a spark to ignite. Of course, the tinder should be totally dry. There are many things you can use for tinder such as grass, leaves, resin, bark and paper. Spruce and pine trees are sources of resin. What’s great about resin is that it burns even when it’s wet. You can use your knife to dry sticks and pieces of bark and make them into powdery tinder. 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 enough tinder on hand so your fire doesn’t go 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 Highly combustible, kindling is a good addition to burning timber. The best choices are small and dry sticks and twigs. They can easily light the moment you add them to 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 mentioned, when starting a fire, safety must be a top priority. That means never leaving camp until the fire has been out completely. And yes, it helps to check twice or even thrice.

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