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Fire Starting is a Skill You Need to Practice

fire startingI watch several of the survival shows on TV and occasionally find some good information that slips by the directors. (It seems that many of these shows are more hype than substance.) I wouldn’t want to have my life depend on what I have learned from those shows. However, there is one skill that most of them point out is extremely important and that is fire starting.

Now over the years I have talked with people who thought that they could play Daniel Boone and start a fire easily. Most of them ended up using a surprisingly large quantity of matches and never did get a really successful fire started, and this was in good weather.…

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Fire Starting is an Art that You Need to Master.

Over the last few years, I have tried and tested many different methods of fire starting.  Some methods work significantly better than others.  In this article I will give my opinion on which methods I found to be the best and most reliable.

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This is the hard way but it works

Primitive wood friction methods, including the bow:  With a lot of practice you can get this method to work fairly well in good weather.  However if there is any rain or windy conditions this method loses ground very quickly.  It is good to know, but I wouldn’t count on it. …

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A Comparison of Four Different Fire Starters

fire startersToday one of my granddaughters and I were experimenting with different types of fire starting devices.  It ended with us making a video of Randy lighting Vaseline soaked cotton balls in a short video which we posted on you tube.  Now Randy is interested in prepping and has been studying it for some time.

What we are doing with her is having her do everything herself, so that she really learns how to survive.  So we spent this afternoon on fire starting.  One thing she has learned is how that there is a learning curve on almost everything.  None of us are born Daniel Boones.…

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Fire Starting Requires Practice

Last week my husband challenged me to start a fire with anything I could find in the yard. Well folks, it wasn’t as easy as it sounded or I thought it would be to start a fire.

We all watch these programs on TV were they are out in the woods on a survival program and have to start a fire.  Sitting in your house watching them working and working to start a fire I am thinking to myself how stupid some of them are, because they can’t get a spark or find the materials needed.

Well let me tell you I don’t make fun of them anymore.…

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Jute Twine and Fire Starting

Fire starting with a bow and drill

Last weekend I was at an event in which there was a demonstration of various methods of fire starting.  One young gentleman was extremely fast at starting a bow and drill, you could tell he had done a lot of practice.  He was using jute twine to form the bird’s nest in which he placed his hot ember.  The jute worked beautifully and flamed up well.

This got me to thinking about jute, I knew it burned, but had never used it to start fires.  So since then I have been playing with it and will add some to my fire starting kit. …

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The Art of Fire Starting

Fire starting is an art.  I know everyone who reads this blog carries some type of fire starter and that is a good start.  However lately I have been challenging some people to actually start a fire with what they carry.  The results have not been very good, we are not all Davey Crockett’s or Daniel Boone’s.

Under ideal conditions, most people can start a fire with only minimal problems, but add damp to wet conditions and a bit of wind and things get bad fast.  Amongst the things, I am noticing is some of the fire starters were brand new and had never been used. …

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