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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012

Troubleshoot This: Can't Ignite Damp Wood

Maximize your spark's potential with a tinder bundle that will burn anywhere.

by: Sami Bruce

>> Collect tinder “As you hike, look for pine or cedar bark, both low-temp igniters,” says Reggie Bennett, chief instructor at Mountain Shepherd Wilderness Survival School. “Peel wet bark to access the dry inner layer. Or scrape a wet branch with your knife; there’s usually dry wood within ¹/8-inch of the surface.” Tuck a grapefruit-size bundle into an interior pocket.

>> Gather fuel Collect dead sticks (finger-width and thinner) for kindling from atop undergrowth or from low branches; they’ll be drier than boughs or wood from the ground. Amass a daypack-size supply, and stockpile wrist- and forearm-width logs for fuel.

>> Construct a platform
Find a wind-protected area out of direct rain. Build a 1-by-1-foot square of green bark, sticks, or nonporous rocks like clay or shale.

>> Light it Fluff your dry tinder into a loose ball, place it on your platform, and light it with a magnesium firestarter, waterproof match, or a lighter. Spark the ball’s center from the upwind side.

>> Feed the flame Slowly surround the tinder in a teepee shape of kindling. If your fire smokes excessively, blow gently into it. When the flames last five minutes without tending, add larger fuel.

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Felix and Bahgwahn: This article is about starting a fire in a survival situation. As is indicated at the top of the column, this article is from the November 2012 issue of Backpacker, under the section heading of "Survival."

Click on the link to see for yourself.

I am also sick of these mental midgets posting their sales crap in this forum. Are these comments previewed before being posted? If not, they should be to keep the unwanted advertisements from being posted.

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Better yet - do not have a campfire. Backcountry campfires should be made only in a true emergency survival situation.
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Better yet - do not build a fire. Campfires are completely unnecessary, unless in a true, legitimate emergency/survival situation. Campfires are a high-impact, completely unnecessary, selfish indulgence that do not belong in the wilderness. Learn to live without and your backcountry experience will benefit.
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