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Tinder Stick

A tinder stick, or feather stick is a piece of wood that can be used as kindling It is made by shaving a stick (with shallow cuts) towards the end, making a head of thin curls. When there are not enough small logs and sticks around to use in making a fire, a tinder stick works great. It catches fire more …

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Tinder Bundle

The tinder bundle is the most essential element in making fire. It is used to blow the coal / ember from the fire set into an actual flame. Fluffy and fibrous materials are key. You want to fuzz up the material so it will ignite easily.  You want it to be soft and pliable. To achieve this, vigorously work the tinder between …

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Star Fire

The star fire, or (indian fire) is the ideal fire lay for conserving scarce fuel. Another advantage is that its low flame makes it safer than other fire lays for using inside a shelter. To form a star fire, make a small fire and arrange logs around the outside facing inwards to form the points of a star. The logs …

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Snow Base Fire

If you are in a snow-covered area the best thing to do would be to dig down to the ground and make your fire there. The snow walls would add more protection to your fire from the wind. If the layers of snow are too thick, you will have to build a platform for your …

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Fire Site Selection

You will have to choose what site to use before you build a fire. You want to select a site that is protected from the wind, sheltered and has a supply of wood or other fuel available. Your site should also be suitably placed in relation to your shelter (if any). There should be nothing nearby that could catch fire. …

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Metal Match

A metal match, aka firesteel, is often confused with flint and steel. It is similar to the flint used in a cigarette lighter, but much bigger. Most metal matches are made from a mixture of metals and rare earth elements. The mixture is alloyed at a high temperature and then shaped into rods of various diameters. The rods …

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Matches

A match is a narrow piece of cardboard or wood coated on one end with a compound that will ignite when scratched against a rough or chemically treated surface. Once struck, the friction will generate enough heat to ignite the compound chemicals and produce a flame. Strike Anywhere Matches Safety Matches Flare matches Storm Matches …

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Fire Lighting

The ability of knowing how to light a fire is an important skill and can be a lifesaver. In a survival situation you may find yourself without matches, cigarette lighters, etc. It is important to be aware of the many different methods of fire lighting. Some methods may force you to make use of natural materials, …

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Fire Building For Survival

There are many different ways to build a fire. Here is a list of many different configurations. A-Frame Gilwell Fire Pyramid Altar Fire Hand Torch Reflector Fire Base for Fire in Snow Heat Reflector Signal Fire Beach Pit Fire Hinters fire Star Fire Bean hole Fire Hunter’s Fire Straight Fire Wall Bonfire Imu Stump Fire …

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Ferrocerium Rods

Ferrocerium is a man-made metallic material that has the ability to give off a large number of hot sparks when scraped against a rough surface, such as ridged steel. It is also commonly called ferro rod and most commonly of all, mistakenly, flint (particularly in cigarette lighters). As tinder-igniting campfire starter rods it is sold …

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