Different Fires for Different Needs

We’re always talking about the importance of being able to get a fire going if you’re lost in the woods or in some other crisis situation, right? But, have you considered all the different types of fires you can build? Each has a different overall purpose. It would be of great benefit to you to learn a few of these types of campfires.

The teepee fire is usually quick to light and wet wood can be used because it is dried by the heat of the inner fire. Basically, take your tinder and build a small teepee over it with kindling. Get the tinder going and add fuel as the kindling burns. It works well for cooking and warmth. Most folks are familiar with this basic approach to building a fire.

Adding a circle of stones around the fire will help in windy conditions.

Then there is the long log fire. This one is great for when you go to bed down for the night. Dig a shallow ditch that runs about the length of your body. Get a fire going with tinder and kindling, adding larger logs to really get things going the whole length of the ditch. Then, add two large logs on top of the fire. It will burn a long time and keep you warm overnight.

The automatic fire is one of the best for cooking. Dig a hole about three feet deep and line it with non-porous stones. Get a fire going at the bottom with your tinder and kindling. Once the fire is going well, lay thicker logs against the side of the hole, so they drop down into the fire as they burn. You can also lay green sticks across the hole to make something like a small grid to put pans on.

The Dakota fire is the one you want to use if you’re trying to stay hidden. The flames stay below ground so it can’t be seen. Plus if you do it right, there is very little smoke generated.

Practice making the ones you’re not familiar with already. Some are more difficult than others to get going and to maintain.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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