30.12.09

Bushcraft 101 ............. more

1. Fire isnt always necessary.
2. Fire and morale are linked - if you think you will fail lighting a fire in poor conditions it might be better not to try as damaging you morale might make a miserable night unbearable!
3. Never use a air tight container to hold freshly gathered tinder as its go mouldy from even the smallest moisture in the bark or wood.
4. Strike anywhere matches are great in the UK - keep em in a match safe but be aware other countries dont have strike anywhere matches, so learn to use normal safety matches - and safetly matches dont work in/on match safes!
5. Always light a one match fire - preparation is key
6. A fire lit at the start of a weekend should not go out before you leave camp - when you leave camp make sure its properly out!
7. A flame is only a part of the fires uses - embers are generally more useful than flames
8. A small fire is more fuel effeciant than a large fire - better to sit near a small fire than away from a large fire.
9. A stove is 3 times more fuel effecient than a enclosed fire which is three times more effeciant than a open campfire.
10. Theres no shame in using man made fire starters - wax card is excellent - matches are great - but you need to understand traditional fire lighting skills - whether starting a fire with a bow drill or a blow torch the preparation phase is still EXACTLY the same - a fire fails ONLY if you prepare it poorly!
11. Fire lighting success isnt a matter or time its a matter of distance - select the best materials not the closest!

2 comments:

Perkunas said...

And do not make a white mans / southern mans fire unless its absolutely vital for your survival,if its to dry your fully wet clothes after you went thru lakes ice,or if you want to send a smoke/light signal to the ones looking for you,from plane above or anywhere.Othervise,keep the fire small but running,if it took hard efforts to make one,meaning you maybe wont be able to make it again.Keep gathering wood,from tiny sticks to old branches when you walk around campsite trails etc,as you can stuff quite lot of firewood even into your jacket/pant pockets when you gather berries etc,at the same time.This saves your energy a bit as well.Put firewood around the fire,near it to dry,and after its dry,it aint stupid to make a small pile of dry wood,under the roof your shelter,just in case if rain puts your fire out and you need dry wood to start it up again.And one more:)...some folk up in north,still cover up the almost dead fire,that has good hot coal,and some ember,with moss,as it prevents the fire to die totally during night /rain,keeps the ember going under cover of moist moss,and its easier to make a new fire in the morning,by removing the moss,adding tinder,bark etc on top of the old fireplace,and just blowing into ember,untill it ignites the tinder etc.And if not,well,if you followed Garys instructions and tips about skills and gear,you dont have problems to fire it up then :).


This is how i am teached by some skilled men,but nevertheless,i do agree with any tips mentioned in original post above.

Survivall said...

Indian make small fire keep warm - white man make big fire, keep warm gathering firewood!

Good tip there mate - I like the idea of the moss! I know some folks who cover their fire witht he ashes as this lets the woods smoulder inside til morning - will try the moss idea!!