Whether you’re out camping in the woods or you’re faced with a SHTF scenario, one thing will never change: you’re going to need a fire. Fire is the holy grail for preppers, campers, and survivalists alike. We need it for warmth, for food, and even for light. Unless you have some magical powers and can shoot flames out of your hands, it’s important to know how to start a fire, and quickly.
Before you learn how to make a fire, you should know how to deal with one. Preppers are ready for lots of things, but getting caught in a fire can somehow slip through the cracks. Be sure to read these fire facts to get you up to speed.
How to Start a Fire Using Flint
Knowing how to be resourceful with just a few basic items can save you lots of time and trouble out in the wilderness. Unlike matches, flint can be used in almost any situation, and you don’t have to worry about it getting ruined if it gets wet.
What you need:
- Small piece of charcoal
- Piece of flint
- Small piece of steel
- Bird’s nest (or light twigs/brush)
Steps to starting the fire:
- Set the charcoal on top of the flint
- Strike the steel down to get an ember
- Get the ember going on the edge
- Put it in the bird's nest
- Blow lightly on the ember to get a flame started
All it takes is a little bit of time, a little bit of effort, and some oxygen to get your fire started in under 60 seconds. If you don’t have any charcoal or flint, don’t worry. Most things in your home can be utilized as fire starters.
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