This week's survival challenge is simple, make a sustainable fire (chest high flame with material as thick as your wrist on fire) with twigs and sticks you pick up from the ground or dead standing. This is the type of fire I create 90% of the time when out in the woods and it works well for me for cooking and short-term heating (add larger logs for a long-term fire). I have included several past YouTube videos below to help you through the challenge and also the links below can serve as good reference material if you are having any issues (Also please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have in the comments below).
So advice for this challenge: 1) Tinder- Don't use a flash tinder get something that will give you an intense flame for at least two minutes if this is your first attempt at this type of fire (i.e. one of my Fire Pads, Large tinder bundle of tulip poplar, baseball hat full of dry shavings, baseball bundle of dryer lint, etc.); 2) MORE SMALLS. If you don't have two fists full of small twigs (think pencil led) then go get more (if you material is wet no less than 4 fists full). Quadruple that amount of prep for pencil size twigs and have at least a bushel (make a pile on the ground and pick it up and hug it against your chest) of twigs between thumb and wrist size; 3) Chaos is king, don't try to make it look perfect, just let it have plenty of oxygen (use your hat to fan it if it looks like its beginning to fade); 4) once you have a decent flame from each level of sticks you can then start to add the next type; 5) If this is going to be your warming fire then get 10x the amount of wood you think you will need (See my fire prep for an all night twig based fire HERE-LINK); 6) If you don't succeed the first time think about adding more tinder material or getting better tinder material and get MORE SMALLS. If you can't get a huge bundle of pencil led twigs to ignite with a decent tinder bundle film it, email me and I will Skype with you to help trouble shoot.
Need Additional 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); Wetfire Tinder (LINK); Twig Bundle Fire (LINK);What I like to Use For Tinder Bundle Materials (LINK); Fritos Tinder Bundle (LINK); Splitwood Log Cabin Fire (LINK); Splitwood Tepee Fire Lay (LINK).
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