Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Survival Tip on Fire: It brings many opportunities, master them all!

This survival tip is going to be about fire. (Burn!) With all of the situations you can get into, you should know of different ways that you can use to build a fire. When you suddenly come to notice that, you can not prepare most of what you packed in your bags, fire is needed. Many other reasons exist to learn fire. Here I will attempt to explain some . Survival Tip; Fire from the Lower Paleolithic times. Quick Warning. Kids need to use adult supervision, fire can and will destroy your house, property, items and life, hyperbolic? yes, but remember we warned you. Don't just play randomly with fire, think about other people also. So,  please don't do it with no parent/guardian supervision if you are under 17 years old.  Fire is an excellent tool if worked with the proper way, it is dangerous if you don't respect the elements.
Survival Series Fire Starter: Durable, under 15$ @ Amazon When there is no risk currently for you or  you feel a calm front moving in, prepare. Now is the time to practice and master your skills. Don't wait until It hit's the fan.

English: A box of 52 gallon Ziploc bags.
Ziploc bags
Survival Tip #1: For starting a survival fire - without going into details of what method you use, you need a fires stick (We are currently writing a detailed article on this) or tinder and some small bits of wood to begin with, so start and collect all of that now. Any light weight combustible material that may be light on fire. Chop sticks, dry grasses, and stringy bits of tree bark can all function properly. Occasionally, I take a small bit of lint from a laundry mat and pack a few Ziploc bags with it, then put it in my backpack and head out, lint is not something people fear the loss of (hey that guy stole my LINT?) Lint makes for an awesome fire starter. It is best to use wood that's finger sized in diameter for your beginning wood. Make sure to go ahead and gather a couple of slightly larger pieces of wood also. Right after going through the process of gathering to begin your fire,  this way the fire will not die out because you were not prepared. Clear out the region or section where you are going to make a fire to avoid the accidental spread of any practice fire. Place the scrap leafs and wood etc, into a good location where wont be bothered by it. If this is a practice survival fire or a campfire, be sure to have a hose, or buckets of water available to be tossed on to the fire. If your fire begins to get out of hand, you can quickly put that sucker out. Do NOT run into dry woods on a windy day and start burning things to test out some of the methods we teach here. Bad idea!

English: A "Bic type" cigarette ligh...
Bic lighter
Survival Tip #2: Always have a cheap lighter like a BIC with you when you travel, smokers may already do this, non-smokers should start too(not smoking just carrying a lighter). Lot's of cheap lighters or fire-starters exist on the market today(like one of the fire starters linked in this article.) Don't purposely make things harder then they need to be. Keep them on you or in a truck, preferably on you. The lighters weight almost nothing and are cheap.

Survival Tip #3: For those of you who have a radio (9volt) with you, use the batteries to begin a fire. Buy a few nine volt batteries, and a pack of steel wool (never hold the wool in your hand when you touch them together.) You can purchase all of this in the hardware store. The wool is made with small fibers. They will react to the battery because of how small the fibers are. The electricity from a 9VOLT battery will cause them to burn up or "react." Always pack some steel wool to your survival bag or Bug-Out-Bag as a back-up. Practice this method in case your lighters do not live up the the huge task of lighting.

 Survival Tip #4: You are able to obtain flint and steel from quite a few sources (also linked in this post.) Practice striking the flint and steel together to send a spark into your tinder. This can take some practice. You need to know how to do this if you find yourself in a situation that lacks any of the other methods, it gets easy with practice and lasts a very long time. You may also be able to strike your steel against rock. Practicing will prepare you for this situation. I do not suggest utilizing your knife for this objective. Your knife is too beneficial to you in a survival situation, and usually does not make that excellent of a fire starter anyhow. Bring no harm to your knife, for it is your friend. For those who just don't listen and  have to try it, make sure to use the back of the knife blade and not the edge. Elk Ridge 4-Piece Fire Starter Kit with Striker (Low cost bulk kit)

In Conclusion: There are a multitude of different approaches you can use for beginning  and maintaining a survival fire. Choose one and begin to master it. Now, move to the next, master and repeat. You can never be over prepared, and the lady's love a man who can build fire (and Vice versa.) Fire light fills the night bring warmth to us all! ---------------------- Survival Tip: Master the Elements, Master the FIRE!

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