Monday, March 23, 2015
Twig Bundle Fire
Mors Kochanski teaches a twig bundle fire as a means to carry your fire lay with you, control your fire to maximize its effectiveness and move your fire if needed. There are several things I like about this fire lay mainly the rapid manner in which you are able to achieve a sustainable fire and it is also an effective means by which to carry your fire lay with you as you walk. The first traditional method didn't work as well as I would have liked but the second one worked much more effectively (Granted the first fire was all wet hardwoods whereas the second fire was made up of all dry softwoods with tinder in between the two twig bundles. So let's start out with the two videos and then we will dig into the process a little deeper.
Need Help Getting Your Fire Started? Try a few of these methods: Dryer Lint Tinder Bundle (LINK); Gorilla Tape Tinder Bundle (LINK); Rub Cloth (LINK); Dragon Ball Fire Starters (LINK); Char Cloth (LINK); Solar Ignition (LINK); One Stick Fire (LINK); Fire Pad (LINK); DIY Fire Starter: Cotton & Petroleum Jelly Modification (LINK); Camp Fire vs. Survival Fire vs. Cooking Fire (LINK); Building a Sustainable Fire In Wet Conditions (LINK); Split Match Trick (LINK); Survival Resources 4x Fresnel Magnifier (LINK); Fatwood Fire (LINK); Evolution of My Pocket Fire Kit (LINK); Split Wood Fires: Using Your Knife As A Spokeshave (LINK); Cattail Fluff Used as Flash Tinder (LINK)
Hardwood Twig Bundle Fire:
Softwood Twig Bundle Fire with Tinder In-Between The Bundles:
Hardwood Twig Bundle Fire Tutorial:
Dry Softwood Twig Bundle Fire:
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I have to say Mors Kochanski is a man full of great ideas! 7'-8' Flames in a matter of minutes, something you just cant get from a standard twig fire in a matter of a few minutes. In addition to the rapid combustibility of this fire lay it is also a great means by which to carry your fire lay with you between camps, meaning you would only need to secure fuel once you reach your next camp location. Of all the fire lays I have covered so far on the blog I believe this one is the most versatile, easiest to manipulate, easiest to control and with minimal prep offers one of the fastest sustainable fires around. Couple this fire lay with internal tinder and a large natural tinder bundle or a single "sure fire" alternative and you would have extreme difficulty failing to achieve a fire with this fire lay. Next week I plan to dig deeper into more traditional fire lays for split wood fires so those posts should be fun to prepare for this week! Be sure to add this fire lay to skills that you own as it works well and with just a few minutes of collecting will give you a massive fire for rapid rewarming, signaling or scaring away unwanted animal life.
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