Fire starting tips

fire starting techniquesTo be able to start a fire under various conditions and with different fire starting techniques is essential. This knowledge and skill are an important part of your wilderness survival preparedness. Although it is not rocket science, it is not as simple as it might first appear. Practice is the key to succeed.

Your first choice, if you're starting a fire, is probably to use matches. Matches are simple and reliable, a perfect way to get a fire burning. However, there are many other ways to start a fire, and I'm sure we all have some tips or advice that could be helpful to other people. Let's learn from each other.

Read the various posts on this page to learn new ways to start a fire. Don't forget to practice the new methods you find interesting.

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Poor man's one handed flint and steel 
You see all those high priced flint and steel fire starters and they take two hand and bit of skill to use. I have used a cheap flint and steel set up …

Never a Dull Moment 
I'm always looking at materials that I could throw in the survival box to serve as a fire starter. Dryer lint works, but burns too quickly. There is …

Light a Fire in the Rain or Snow 
Find a tree, preferably, an evergreen. Look on the trunk, or large branches. Find a sap bulk (called pitch). On evergreen trees, pitch …

A Good Old Fashioned BIC 
Wow, it amazes me how many Fire Starting items I see in all the stores and all the catalogs for Survival stuff. I am all for being VERY prepared but, all …

Essential Campfire Skill  
On all the camping trips I go on, I am always deemed the fire starter because of some essentials I have learned working with my father as a kid. No I am …

Magnesium match 
You can use a magnesium match. Shave the magnesium into a small pile on some dry tinder and strike the flint on the other side. When the spark hits the …

Making charcloth and charcoal 
First I will cover the items/materials you will need. For charcloth you will need 100% cotton cloth cut into 2"x2" squares. For the charcoal you will need …

Campfire Safety 
Basic campfire safety should be a skill for everyone heading out on a camping adventure. Did you know that more than four out of every five forest fires …

Fire starting stick 
I don't have a lot of wilderness experience yet, but I would like to share one thing I learned one night during my shift to keep the fire going. I had …

Simple, cheap tool for getting your fire started 
I stumbled onto this one a few weeks ago, I feel like an idiot that something we have all used at some point in our lives creates a very unique and simple …

Start a fire with a shotgun shell 
If you are in a hunting area where hunters have left plastic shotgun shells laying around. They work well in a rain storm or wet environment to get a fire …

How To Make An "Indian Fire" 
You will need three things; a dry, dead, good sized limb (about as big around as your forearm), two smaller dry, dead sticks, and a knife (preferably …

The 6 Methods Of Starting Fire Without Using Matches 
The link of fire and man can be traced back through the ages. Before empires and civilizations were established, early man has already learned how to make …

Build a Fire 
I think the best way to build a fire is to first build a tepee. Once it is lit and burning good build a log cabin/pyramid fire structure around it. These …

Bow drill fire making 
The first thing you should do is to get a flat piece of wood. Put a shallow hole in the middle of it and make sure it is not all of the way through. Take …

Fire starting material 
If your lighter runs out of fuel or you've only got a spark, you can make a "prison match" with a square of toilet paper, or tissue or even birch bark …

Steel wool 
Steel wool is an excellent, hot-burning tinder for fire making that can allow for one match/spark/etc. lights. Even better, it can be lit in a variety …

How to light a fire 
A fire trough is a slab of relatively flat, durable wood about 1 - 2 feet in length with a long groove that runs down the middle of it, continuing down …

Starting A "tepee" Fire Not rated yet
There is a strategy that is fairly simple to complete and is one of the best fires to build. The "tepee" fire. The tepee fire is named after Indian huts, …

Bushmaster9mm Not rated yet
A good fire starting kit doesn't have to be big and bulky. Mine is in an Altoids tin like you may have seen made up on the internet. There are lot's of …

More about firepits Not rated yet
Whenever you can,take the time to carefully dig out a circle of top soil BEFORE you build your firepit and place the topsoil to one side. Try not to disturb …

Coffe can stove Not rated yet
I have submitted some tips concerning using ones hiking stick as a means to carry items one might need. I have not seen in this section, however, concerning …

Build your fire Not rated yet
1) Dig a small depression in the ground 3"-4" deep so the wind doesn't blow your tinder away. 2) Put your back into the wind. Kneel down straddling …

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