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Apocalyptic Fire Starters

In Post-Apocalypse on March 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

Your survival depends on your ability to create a fire easily and repeatedly. Those words are important. If it takes you a half hour to find kindling and combustibles, you don’t want to spend another cold and hungry half hour trying to bang rocks together to get a spark. That’s far too much time and energy wasted. However, matches or lighters will not be the solution either. During the apocalypse, you’ll need to create a fire nearly everyday to cook your food, sanitize drinking water and to warm your bones. Your matches and lighter fluid will run out well before  end of your first winter. Let’s look at some other options.

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Start a Fire: Part 2

In Post-Apocalypse on January 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

Now that you’ve got your base for a fire, enough fuel (wood, sticks, paper, peat, etc.) and you’ve created your ‘nest’ to start the flame, you’ll need a spark. You did pack sparks didn’t you? Never mind, we’ll make our own. Luckily there are a few ways to make sparks. Which option you pick is up to how much your sorry ass prepared and where you’re building your fire. For example, if you’re up on the tundra you would rather burn the scarce wood instead of make a bow drill, but you could polish up a piece of ice to magnify the sun upon your caribou fur fire. It does work. (Continued)

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Start a Fire: Part 1

In Post-Apocalypse on October 13, 2008 at 9:54 am

“Stop these patronizing posts!” You’re saying. “I know how to build a fire.” I bet you do, but in the coming apocalypse you may have problems finding butane refills for your lighter. Also, starting a fire is tough to do when you need one. Most folks can get a rolling fire going to cook their s’mores, but when its 30 below and your hands are blue it can be a bit tougher. The most important thing is to keep your head. Don’t rush to find the closest burnables available. If they are damp you’re going to waste valuable time. Find small pieces of wood and bark. Birch bark will burn when wet and will be the post-apocalyptic currency so collect it when you see it. Leave those big logs behind. I know you want to build a huge fire, but the bigger the log the more water it’s going to have inside and water doesn’t burn so well. Big logs will burn longer but if it’s heat you’re after, small branches burn with more intensity because they are more easily consumed.

Pick a good place your fire. Stay out of the wind of course, and maybe try to find a boulder to build your fire next to. This will reflect some of that heat back on to you. You’re not working to heat the out of doors…

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