One last step in this process before we let you go:
Don’t Wait Until An Emergency Occurs To Use This Knowledge Or Develop These Skills. Practice Them NOW!!
And don’t wait for a nice pleasant day to practice these skills. Challenge yourself to practice these skills on cold, windy, rainy/snowy days too! Simply being able to start and sustain a fire in fair weather is not very much of a challenge. Get out there in the bad weather to put your skills to the test too!
In summary, here are the steps that we just covered in a concise list format for you to easily review what we just covered and add to your notes to utilize later:
- KNOW YOUR ENEMIES: Moisture & Wind
- KNOW YOUR FIRE TRIANGLE! (inside and out!): Heat/Oxygen/Fuel!
- TINDER!: Your First Priority!
- SITE (Location): Choose a site to start your fire that is protected from moisture & wind!
- COVER: Take further steps to ensure that your fire will be protected from the elements!
- ELEVATE: Get your fire materials up off the cold damp ground so you aren’t battling conduction!
- FUEL: Gather plenty of dry fire materials (kindling & larger fuel). Process them (make your own) to get to that internal dry wood if you have to!
- HUMIDITY: In humid conditions, give your fire-making efforts that extra advantage with a “fire extender”!
- PRACTICE!: Get out there and practice these skills, challenging yourself in the worst conditions so they become second nature to you! Remember… Survival is not a “weather permitting” scenario!
I hope you find these insights, tips and tricks helpful! Please let me know with a comment below!