When it comes to basic survival, fire building is something that everyone should know. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about getting lost while hiking outdoors, being caught in a storm while driving or trying to survive a nuclear holocaust. Being able to build a fire from the most basic of tools is something that everyone should know, and can be the difference between surviving or not.
The ability to create heat is a basic, in fact it is the ability to make fire when we need it that separates us from animals and that most archeologists use as a determinate on when we became human. Being able to make a firepit and stay warm when lost in the woods could mean the difference of whether you survive the night or not. Of course, just lighting a fire is not enough, true fire building requires knowledge of tinder, kindling, and how to arrange the wood to control the amount of heat and length of time you want the fire to burn. Circumstances will dictate what kind of fire you make and how to build a fire for your specific needs.
In this section we will address everything from the tools for making a fire in our booklet on The Workings of Flint and Steel and How To Make Fireproof Matches to some woodcraft survival techniques such as How to Make a Dakota Firepit and How to Make a Firebed. Firebeds have saved the lives of countless hikers trapped by sudden changes in weather and are something anyone who enjoys hiking or camping should know how to do.
While knowing the skill of fire building may seem like a simple thing, it is that simple knowledge in these booklets that can save a life or at least make it easier. Fire is such a basic in our lives we almost take it for granted and yet without the knowledge of how to build a fire we would all be sitting in the dark and the cold.
This very thorough five page document has step by step instructions with pictures to show the right methods for constructing a Dakota fire pit.
This very complete seven page document will walk you through the basics to constructing a life saving firebed and comes complete with photos.
This concise four page document shows you very clearly in step by step instructions with pictures exactly how to make your own fire starters.
This very simple easy to use two page document with photos will walk you through how to make your own waterproof matches.
This essential document is a must have for cooking on an open fire in any emergency kit; just print out and add to your kit today.
This very informative four page document will give you all the information you need to truly understand how and why flint and steel works to create a spark.
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Efficient Firewood Harvesting supplies a great deal of information on getting a good supply of quality firewood with little cash expense without harming the environment. You will also read about ways to locate areas of potential firewood, best time to cut, splitting and storage methods by well-organized planning, preparation and execution.
Notes on Fire Building offers concise information on different types of wood materials to start and stir up fire as well as characteristics of a variety of woods are also presented here.
Survivalist Guide on How to Start Fires confers a few techniques to start fire when you are out in the wilderness and there is no modern way to light fire. You do not need any experience starting fires before, as this guide will teach you everything you need to know.
Do you know What are the Basics of Campfire? Here you are going to be skilled on ways to start and retain campfire in any climatic condition without running out of firewood supplies. If you love the outdoors, this is something you should know.