Why you would need to know how to make fire
- If you are in a survival situation or if you are camping or lost in the woods, especially overnight, fire can keep you warm.
- You can boil water to sterilize it so that you can have something to drink.
- You can cook food.
- Fire will help to keep predatory animals away.
- Fire is a good companion; a good psychological leg up if you are in the woods alone.
There are only a few steps that you will need to go through in order to properly make a fire.
Preparing to make fire
- Clear the area in which you will be making the fire.
- Dig a small shallow hole and line the outer edge with rocks if you can find them. This acts as a fire break and helps to keep it contained.
- Gather materials like sticks in varying sizes. (You need smaller sticks for when you are first getting it burning.)
- Gather items like dry grass on which to throw your spark and get the fire started. (If you have steel wool, this is a great fire starting element.)
- Use a ferro rod (if you have one) to start the spark. Otherwise you can use other primitive fire starting methods that we will talk about in a later blog.
Once you have everything gathered and ready, you can begin throwing your sparks, with your ferro rod, onto the dry grass (or steel wool). When a spark takes hold and starts a small flame, you will need to feed it oxygen by lightly blowing on it. Once the flames are going you can start adding more sticks and work your way up to larger sticks that will burn longer.
If you follow these steps, you will definitely be able to make fire for whatever your needs happen to be. It is very important to remember that when you leave the area, you want to make sure that the fire is completely out by stomping it or putting sand or water over it. Safety is important!
If you would like to take a look at our post about Building a Shelter, that could come in handy too!