Nowadays, people’s choices to get comfort and relieve the depression are more various than before. Many of them invite their friends to have a camp in wilds with family members. But accident happened always, you can not predict all the danger and risk in wilds. What should you do if your tent is rushed away by a flood raised by a heavy rain? All you equipments just disappear and you cannot connect with urban existence. The only thing is to wait for rescue and survive from cold and darkness.
Fire is the symbol of primary civilization, it can roast the meat for better absorb the nutrition in it. And a long last fire penetrate the darkness is the strongest defense from claw of beast. The frozen-boned temperature will remind you of how comfortable the warm campfire is. So you try to set up a campfire to keep yourself alive. But how to do that？ Today I will introduce you some ways to start a campfire with some simple tools that you can made by materials found on the ground.
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I collect seven ways to make a campfire in wilds is possible. All of them need some little trick and skills, but everyone can master them as soon as you make it by yourself. Actually I believe the pursuit to fire is craved in the genes chain of humanity. So it won’t be so hard for you.
- Hand drill
The hand drill is the easiest friction method, but the high speed is hard to keep because the only thing to swirl the spindle are your bare hands. The killing ache of muscles will force you to stop when the process is at the key point. And all your endeavors just extinguish. It should be used in dry climate.
First to carve a V-shaped notch in the fireboard then press small depression adjacent it with a knife tip or steep rock, then put some bark underneath the notch to catch the embers.
Then put a stick on and continually gives it pressure, roll the stick between your palms of your hands in a high speed. Don’t stop the action until you see the embers are smoking.
Blow the fireboard and put some dry leaves as combustible so the spark can transfer to flame. Then ignite the seasoned branch with leaves.
- Strike the rock
It is another simple way to get spark but it is unstable and need some lucks. You may have to do this for thousands times to set a fire successfully. Nothing can be better if you can find a special kind stone to produce spark easier than other stone. You can crash the rock with the thick side of your knife, and the saw-edged knife is more likely to generate spark and lit the combustibles.
- Lit a campfire with battery
This method requires the battery which can store large amount of electricity. If you have a pencil, you can cut it’s surface and only leave the core of it and stick it to both side of battery. The core will be heated like a burning coal, and use it to lit the combustibles. If your car’s battery is still working, you can connect the both side of it with wire and then use a rag which is firstly soaked in gasoline.
- The power of sun
Once there is a man who is missed his team and trapped on groundless ice plat, starving and coldness almost took his life. Fortunately the dry branch of pine trees are countless. So he spent his limited energy on making a lens of ice. He cut a piece of ice with his axe, the crave it to the shape like the edge is thicker than the center of it. he let the sunshine through it and use the high temperature of the point lit up the piles of moss and finally survived. If you carry a binocular with you when accident happened, then you should take the lens out and take advantage of sunlight. This way is depend on the weather, it’s effective but not fit for all situations.
- Flint and steel
Striking the softer steel against the harder flint will produce sparks to flame your fire. The curved steel striker provided with flint and steel kits is easiest to use, although with some practice you can produce sparks by using the back of a carbon-steel knife blade. (Stainless-steel knives are usually much too hard to shave sparks from.) An old bastard file or an axe head will also work. Grasp a shard of hard rock, such as flint or quartzite, between your thumb and forefinger with a sharp edge protruding an inch or two. Tightly clamp a piece of your homemade char cloth or a lump of birch tinder fungus under the thumb holding the piece of flint. Grasping the back of the striker, knife blade, or file in your other hand, strike a glancing blow against the edge of flint, using a quick wrist motion. If you’re using an axe, hold the head still and sharply strike the flint near the blade, where the steel is harder. Molten sparks from the steel will fly off and eventually be caught by an edge of the char cloth, causing it to glow. Step Three Carefully fold the cloth into a tinder nest and gently blow on it until it catches flame.
- Use cane
Find a dry ember and cut it at one side but not penetrate it at all. Then find a total dried cane and squeeze it into the crack you just create, then put some combustible under the embers. Hold two side of cane firmly and drag it from one side to another side quickly and frequently enough. The friction will be generate from the crack and cane to make enough heat to lit the fungus and moss you set before hands.
If you live in an area where the gun is totally legal, then you will be the lucky dog in the living competition. The gun can not only protect you from dangerous animals and robbers. It will be good fire maker if properly used. First you should take out bullet and pour about two third of gunpowder in the bullet and lay them on combustible like dry grass or moss. Then squeeze some paper or straw in the place where once take by gunpowder. Move the shooting hole closely but not too close or the vibration of air will rush the mini fire spot. Pull the trigger and the fire of blasting will lit the powder and you will get a fire.
Step by Step Guide: How to Starting a Fire With Friction
There is no doubt that fully preparation and convenient equipments are useful when you plan to stay in wilds. But the skill is the critical factor to decide whether you can live in the extreme condition. Some tool is ultralight like magnesium rod that can be taken in a pocket. So my suggestions are collect the production like magnesium rod before you leaving for a campfire party or hiking. If you like the skills and knowledge of wild living and cooking, please pay attention to our website and we will bring you latest information every day.
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