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  • Survival Firecraft

    In survival situations, having the skills to start a fire can often be the difference between life and death. Fire can be used for many things. It can provide warmth,purify water,cook and preserve food, keep predatory animals away and signal for help. It can be a confidence booster and provide peace of mind. The following is a collection of firecraft skills that I've compiled through personal experience and research.

    Let's begin with the steps for successfully creating a fire.

    1. Fire location - You'll need to find a suitable location for your fire, preferably away from other vegetation. Clear out a space, removing dry leaves and other flammable materials. After all, you're already in a survival situation, no use in creating a forest fire and putting yourself in more danger. Also, depending on the type of fire you intend to build, it's a good idea to make a fire pit to contain it. Scoop out a shallow pit in the ground, use the dirt removed to pile around the pit, find stones to encircle the pit. This ring of dirt and stones will help contain your fire, and retain radiant heat from the fire. Make sure not to use rocks that are overly wet or have been submerged, they tend to explode when heated, trust me, I've had it happen.

    2. Tinder - The second step in building a good fire is finding tinder, dry material you can use to start your fire. Now if you were prepared, you'd have a good fire kit assembled containing suitable tinder such as: Paraffin wax coated cotton, commercially available fire paste, dryer lint...etc. But if not you'll have to find it yourself. The following are materials you may be able to find to use for tinder: Check your pockets for lint, it's pretty flammable. Tear off your clothing tags, they'll burn pretty good too. Dry grasses or bits of dried moss. Dry pine needles are especially flammable. Find a dead, standing tree and strip the bark off of it, scrape the inside of the bark to create tinder. If you have a knife you can scrape a pile of sawdust off dry wood. Of course any paper you happen to be carrying. If you happen to be carrying a Zippo style lighter, a bit of the fluid soaked batting inside it works wonders. There are many sources of tinder even in wet weather, if you find yourself in a survival situation, keep an eye out for them, if it looks like you could use it, take it and keep it dry for later use.

    3. Kindling- The next step for building a fire is to find kindling. Here are some examples of kindling: Small dead, dry, twigs. Dry tree bark.

    4. Fuel - This is the main part of your fire, larger pieces of dead, dry wood, and logs, if you can find it dry that is. If you are in possession of a hand saw and hatchet, this will be much easier to obtain. It doesn't have to be bone dry, if you have good tinder and kindling even damp or wet wood will burn if built up properly. Make sure you gather a good quantity of fuel so you won't have to go searching for more later.

    5. Building your fire - There are several techniques for building a fire, each has it's advantages depending on the situation you find yourself in. The following are some fire building methods:

    (My personal favorite.) To build the Tepee fire, arrange the tinder in the center of your fire pit, place a few sticks of kindling in the shape of a tepee or cone around it making sure to leave openings. These openings will give you access to the tinder and help feed oxygen to the fire. Place the larger fuel around this smaller tepee being careful not to disturb and collapse the kindling. As the tepee burns, the larger outside logs will fall inward, feeding the fire. The Tepee fire, if built correctly, should burn even with wet wood.

    To build this fire push a green stick into the ground at an angle. Point the end of the stick in the direction of the wind. Place some tinder under the place where the stick goes into the ground. Lean pieces of kindling against the lean-to stick on both sides. As the kindling catches fire from the tinder, add more kindling, then add your larger fuel once you have a good sized kindling blaze going.

    To build this fire place two small logs or branches parallel on the ground. Place a solid layer of small logs across the parallel logs. Add three or four more layers of logs or branches, each layer smaller than and at a right angle to the layer below it. Place your tinder and kindling on top of the pyramid. As the kindling burns, the logs below it will catch. This is a fire that burns downward, and will need little to no attention during the night.

    To build this fire, draw a cross about 30 centimeters in size in the ground. Dig the cross 7.5 centimeters deep. Put a large wad of tinder in the middle of the cross. Build a Tepee or Pyramid above the tinder. The shallow ditch allows air to be drawn under the tinder to provide a draft.

    Ok, now that you've laid the ground work for your fire, you're going to need to ignite it. ( Yeah, I know...DUH!)

    Once again, if you're prepared with a fire kit or if you're a smoker, then you probably have a lighter or some matches, I'm sure you know how to use them. Waterproof matches are handy to have around also.

    There are plenty of modern fire starting devices out there for purchase, let's take a look at a couple of them.

    Magnesium Fire Starter

    The Magnesium fire starter is probably the most common and cheapest. You should be able to buy one from any store that sells camping supplies. Use the serrated side of the attached carbon steel striker , (or a knife), to scrape off the magnesium, making a small pile. Then use the flat side of the striker, (or the back of a knife blade) to scrape the flint at an angle and shoot sparks into the pile of magnesium, thus igniting it. Be careful, Magnesium burns at extreme temperatures, it even burns wet.

    Fire Steel or Ferro-rod

    A Fire Steel is a rod of ferrous metal combined with a carbide striker. When the striker is scraped down the length of the rod it produces a shower of sparks hot enough to ignite even the most stubborn tinder.


    The Blast Match fire starter is basically a self contained fire steel/ferro-rod. It features a strike rod of ferrous metals combined to produce sparks when contacted with the built-in carbide striker. The Blast Match comes in an enclosed plastic case with a top that swivels down to the side and locks out of the way for using the starter. Here's how to use it:

    Hold the Blast Match and release the tab lock on the side of the case that holds the top in place by it pushing up. Swivel the plastic top down and snap it in place on the bottom of the Blast Match. This action also allows the metal rod of the Blast Match to extend from the housing for use.
    Place the tip of the metal Blast Match rod in the center of the tinder pile.
    Grip the Blast Match securely, with your thumb on the thumb tab. Apply pressure on the thumb tab to press the carbide striker against the metal rod.
    Push down on the tip of the metal rod to scrape the carbide striker along the length of the metal rod to produce sparks. Adjust the angle of the Blast Match to direct sparks onto the tinder as needed.
    Release pressure on the thumb tab and allow the metal rod to spring forward from the housing to repeat the striking process.
    Read more: How to Use a Blast Match Firestarter | eHow.com

    You've probably heard of rubbing two sticks together to start a fire, well, there's a little more to it than that. Now let's discover some primitive tools and methods of fire starting.

    The Bow-drill or fire-bow.

    Video by: http://www.primitiveskills.com

    A bow-drill consists of four parts: the bow, the socket, the drill and the fireboard. The socket and the fireboard are held on either side of the spindle, which is spun by the bow to generate friction, heat and, finally a hot coal you can use to start a fire.

    Make your bow from a light sturdy sapling, slightly longer than your arm from shoulder to fingertip.

    Tie a piece of nylon cord from one end of the bow to the other, like a bow for archery. If you don't have a nylon cord, you can use string, a rawhide strap, a shoelace, a strip of cloth or whatever is available.

    Use a dry, soft wood such as sotol, cottonwood, willow, larch, cedar, sassafras, alder, aspen, poplar, box alder or basswood to make the other parts of the drill.

    Make sure the socket fits into your hand snugly and firmly. Carve a small depression in one side of the socket for the drill to ride in.

    Cut your drill from a branch 3/4-inch wide and 6 inches long. It should be round and straight. Carve both ends of the drill to a dull point.
    Make your fireboard about a 1/2-inch thick and flat on both sides. Make a depression in it, like the socket, for the other side of the drill to ride in.
    Read more: How to Start a Fire Using a Bow-Drill | eHow.com

    The Fire Plough

    Video by: http://www.primativeskills.com

    Here's how to make and use the fire plough:
    Search for a piece of soft wood. The ideal piece would be about 1.5 feet long, around 5 inches wide, and at least 1 inch thick. To check whether or not it is soft, try scratching it with your fingernail; if your fingernail easily leaves a mark, you've found a good piece of wood.

    Search for a thick, hard stick. Ideally, the stick should be about 1 foot long and around 1/3 of an inch thick. To check whether or not the stick is hard, repeat the fingernail scratch test from Step 1; if your fingernail barely leaves a mark, or leaves no mark at all, you've found the perfect stick.

    Kneel down. If you are right-handed, rest the end of the piece of wood on your right thigh. If you are left-handed, rest the end of the piece of wood on your left thigh. The other end of the piece of wood should rest on the ground, so that the wood piece slants down and to the left (if you are right-handed), at about a 45-degree angle. If you are left-handed, the wood piece should be slanting down and to the right, at about a 45-degree angle. Prepare a pile of tinder next to you.

    (It would be wise to protect your hands with gloves or by wrapping them with cloth to guard against blisters or cuts before starting.)

    Firmly grip the hardwood stick with both hands and rub (or "plough") one end up and down the length of the soft wood piece. Try to keep the stick's path straight and in the middle of the wood piece. The "ploughing" should be vigorous, especially as the stick is moving downwards.

    The hardwood stick should steadily wear on the soft wood piece, creating a rut straight down the middle and producing a pile of wood shavings at its bottom. The frictional heat produced by the hard stick's movement will eventually ignite the wood shavings, at which point you can use them to light your tinder and then, in turn, kindling, and logs.
    Read more: How to Light a Fire Using a Fire Plough | eHow.com

    Whatever tools or methods you decide to use, practice your firecraft skills, hone them to perfection by using them, then you'll be confident if a situation should ever arise when you desperately need to use them. But, remember to also practice fire safety while practicing your firecraft.

    That just about does it, but these are merely examples of survival firecraft. There are many more methods and tools out there for you to discover and learn about. I hope you've found this article interesting and informative. Stay safe out there.

    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Souldat's Avatar
      Souldat -
      This a a very nice guide you put together. I even picked up some new tips
    1. sasquatch's Avatar
      sasquatch -
      Thanks, if only one person reads this and learns from it, it was well worth the time I spent putting it together.
    1. AK_survivaljunkie's Avatar
      Awesome article Sasquatch. Believe it or not I'd never heard of the fire saw method before (it's one of the videos in the playlist if you watch past the fire plow method). I still think the bow method is king if you must use any of these. I also checked out their website and it looks pretty interesting, they have a good list of books worth checking out as well as a pretty extensive course offering. If they weren't so far away I'd probably consider taking some courses. Thanks for the article and for teaching me something, hope it can help others as well.
    1. sasquatch's Avatar
      sasquatch -
      Thanks AK, the fire saw is pretty cool, tried it out before, the fire bow is better. I was gonna put it in the article, along with solar fire starting with a magnifying lense , but didn't want the article to drag on. It's really meant as a primer for basic firecraft anyways.
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