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Tinder vs Kindling: What’s the Difference?

There is a serious focus on fire starters in the survivalist community. How you throw sparks, make a flame, or get a fire started is all the rage. In all honesty that is an important part of the process. Things like Ferro rods, flint and steel, lighters, tinder vs kindling, and matches are all needed …

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7 of the Best Kindling Splitters for Outdoorsmen

If you’re an avid outdoorsman or outdoorswoman and love sitting around campfires, a kindling splitter is something you should consider. Kindling splitters are also great for indoor, wood-burning stoves or for those who go on frequent camping trips. No matter who you are or how many fires you’ve started, kindling is something that isn’t always …

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How to Start a Fire Without Kindling

Starting a fire can mean the difference between life and death depending on where you are in the world or what the circumstances are. While that might sound a bit extreme, starting a fire can at the very least mean the difference between being warm and comfortable versus cold and miserable. At any rate, the …

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How to Use Flint and Steel to Light a Fire

Fire starting and fire-making is your birthright. We are the only species on the planet that has the ability to harness fire at will. Many scientists believe cooked protein was one of the keys to our massive brain growth. Eating meat led to smaller stomachs, bigger brains – Harvard Gazette While some fire starters are …

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What is a Long Fire and When to Build One

A small campfire is usually enough to sustain a single group of campers. Traditional fire lays will get that job done. What happens, though, when you have a big party and the single campfire will not do. What if you would like to do some elaborate cooking without a Coleman stove? The long fire is …

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Beginner’s Guide on Fire Pistons and How To Use Them

Fire was first discovered in the Early Stone Age, approximately 400,000 years ago. It has been an essential part of human survival ever since. Of all the survival skills that young Cub Scouts and Eagle Scouts are taught, quickly building fires is possibly the most important of the lot. It lets you cook food, purify …

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Beginner’s Guide to Ferro Rods & How to Use Them

I can still remember sitting in front of my fireplace with a ball of torn paper strips, a magnesium rod, and a Ferro rod fire starter. I would shave a little of the magnesium bar onto the paper and then try my best to shower sparks onto the magnesium using the included striker. I was …

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