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How To Build a Fire Like a Pro

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Campfires can keep us warm, dry our clothing, boil and disinfect water, cook our food and even keep wildlife away from us. Building a campfire is a crucial skill for every outdoorsmen and woman, and it takes more than just stacking some wood and sticking a lit match near it. However, with the proper knowledge, materials, and tools, anyone can build a campfire like an outdoor pro.

For a small fire, you can use your hands and two matches:

How to build a fire

For a medium fire, you will need a knife:

COMBAR Knife

For a big fire, you will need an axe and a saw:

COMBAR Saw

STEP 1: GATHER TINDER

Tinder is an easily combustible material used at the first stage of starting a fire. Its primary purpose is to ignite kindling. It can be made of any flammable substance, as long as it is finely divided and has an open structure.
How to start fire: Tinder

Tinder Source:

How to start a fire: Tinder

STEP 2: PREPARE KINDLING

Kindling is small dry wood sticks that ignite the fuel of the primary fire, such as wood logs. Thus, it keeps the fire going after it is started.
How to start a fire: Kindling

Kindle Source:

How to start a fire: Kindling source 

STEP 3: SHAPE THE FUEL

Wood logs are the primary fuel that keeps the fire going after it is started. Chop or saw from a dead tree, never a live one (green).

How to start a fire: Fuel
How to start fire: Fuel source 

STEP 4: CLEAR THE AREA

Clear a space at least 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter around the fireplace, free of burnable material such as trees, brush, and low branches.

Consider digging a fire pit. Setting a fire on the surface without knowing what is under the fire pit can lead to a root fire which can show up several feet away from the actual fire site. Gather enough dry tinder, kindling, and fuelwood before you start the fire. Place all within easy reaching distance of your fireplace.

How to build a fire like a pro

STEP 5: LIGHT THE FIRE

Bend the tinder in half and light the center.

Light the fire from the windward side.

How two build a fire like a pro

Add kindling carefully to keep the fire growing.

Let your fire burn down to a fine ash.

Afterward, ensure your fire is completely extinguished.

How to build a fire like a pro

 

 

 

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