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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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Lighting Fires Under Wet Conditions with Pitch

This is one of several branches I found loaded with pitch. This branch was about 2 inches in diameter.

Yesterday I was out walking in the woods.  One thing I always watch for is sources of pitch or resin.  The best sources are usually pine or other types of evergreens that have been damage or died.  When a tree is damaged, it uses pitch to heal itself.  This morning I was quite lucky I came across a big old pine that had lost some branches. The branches were surprisingly dry and had a lot of expose pitch.  It had rained only the day before quite hard.…

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Starting Fires with Resin

Yesterday, I took one of my grandsons out for a hike and at the end we practiced a little fire making.  One thing I often do when walking in the woods is gather dried resin from the trees.  Where I live, it seems to be easier to find on the evergreens.  Dried resin is an excellent fire starter.

Resin from one tree

My grandson and I compared it to cotton balls rolled in vaseline.  A piece half the size of a cotton ball will burn 3 or 4 times as long.  If you watch the trees for damaged areas, you will have no problem finding resin.  …

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