Tag: fire-making

Birch Bark Fire Tinder

Birch Bark is one of the best tree barks for fire tinder and it will light even when it’s damp. Why? Because the natural oil in birch bark is very flammable. To build a successful fire, preparation is critical. Most all of the work is done prior to sparking or …

A Fire Starter Kit List

I keep a fire starter kit in a Ziploc bag in each of my various ‘bags’ (72-hour kit, my Versipack’s for hiking or outdoor adventures, etc..). The ability to make fire is one of the essentials of survivability, and having more than one way to make a fire is just …

Advantages of the Dakota Fire Hole

A Dakota Fire Hole is simply a method of building a fire that utilizes a number of advantages over other types of fires. It will burn hot, it will use little wood, and will release very little smoke (stealth). First though, here is how to build a Dakota Fire Hole …

Fresnel Lens Fire-starter For Your Wallet

A fresnel lens, unlike a traditional glass or plastic magnifying lens, is flat. In fact, most are fairly flexible. Fresnel lens design enables a substantial reduction in thickness and they are often made of plastic. Recently I bought a small pocket size fresnel lens, actually the size of a credit …

Tinder For Building A Fire

To build a fire, you start with a source – a spark or flame. Ideally you will have at the ready some fine dry tinder to which the spark or flame is applied. Next comes kindling and then progressively larger pieces of firewood. Tinder is very important in that it …