Category Archives: FIRECRAFT

HOW TO MAKE BONE-DRY TINDER EVEN IN A DOWNPOUR

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Problem: Cold and Wet

So what do you do when you’re out in a torrential rain with no man-made tinder on you and you need to get a fire going? Everything is soaking wet and finding dry tinder is really challenging.

Here’s how to make your own tinder using heartwood scrapings:

First, locate some dead wood. The dead limbs attached to the lower part of a tree underneath the live branches are known as squaw-wood.This is one of the easiest materials to use for creating dry tinder as these branches are somewhat protected from Continue reading HOW TO MAKE BONE-DRY TINDER EVEN IN A DOWNPOUR

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METAL MATCH

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Intro

Fire saved my life. In fact, during the 6 months of training to be a SERE Specialist, there were only a handful of times that I wasn’t cold, wet, hungry and sleep deprived. On some phases of training, fire was intentionally withheld so we could experience what it was like to suffer without it. Fire changes your life. Cooking food, sterilizing water, heating, signaling, tool-making and morale to name a few. For our safety throughout training, our instructors mandated that we keep two things on our belt at all times: one was a knife, the other was a metal match. Continue reading METAL MATCH

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PONCHO HEATER

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We’ve all been there. Cold…wet…and miserable. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you’ve probably been there more than most. Hypothermia can sneak up on you and the CDC says that about 1300 people each year die from this condition in the US alone. Today I’m going to show you how to treat it in a remote area without building a full fire, using only a couple of items that are super cheap and easy to use so you’ll never have to suffer again. Continue reading PONCHO HEATER

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