|The main components of a fire|
- Tinder- This is the highly flammable shit. Examples would be dryer lint, cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, dry leaves and pine needles, paper, wood shavings, denim, cotton, twine, magnesium shavings, birch bark, guts of a cattail, dried grass, anything flammable that'll catch a spark and burn easily.
- Kindling- This is what the tinder will ignite. Its a good idea to have a few sizes starting with pencil sized twigs then move to sticks the size of your finger, continue to go up from there. Size isn't all that important just look for smaller pieces.
- Fuel- Fuel wood is what will maintain your fire. It burns slower than kindling and tinder. Look for wood around the diameter of a fifty cent piece and go up from there. Once the fire is burning strong then you can add whatever size fuel you want.
Fire starting tools
|My Fire starting kit.|
Why I like teepee fires
- A teepee fire is probably the easiest type to build.
- You can burn fresh cut live wood or even wet wood on it.
- This style fire will burn down to a nice bed of coals in a hurry and burns HOT.
- After it gets going ya don't need to worry about maintaining the teepee shape.
- This kindling will protect the tinder from the wind
- Once the bastard starts burning it ain't going out
Get the damn thing built
|1. Put the tinder at the bottom of the fire. Don't be lazy |
here get more than ya think its gonna take.
|2. Make a teepee shape from the kindling. Leave a small opening|
that you can get your hand in to light the tinder
|3. Add the thicker kindling.|
|4. Throw some fuel wood on there. Ya don't need a shitload just |
enough to get burning, you can add more later.
5. Get it burning. Shouldn't take much as long as you
followed this guide.
Done, now use it.
|Under a big pine tree is a good spot |
to look for tinder and kindling. There
is probably something dry under one
even if its raining.