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How to Start a Fire - Bushcraft Basics

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A Fire is very important skill to master it can provide light, warmth, water purification and the ability to cook.

Comments (11)
11 Monday, 28 January 2013 17:24
Eddy H.
Thanks. Great video-just what I was looking for..
10 Tuesday, 20 March 2012 22:20
Ashley Cawley
Hi Jordan, Thanks for leaving a comment. I wanted this video to focus on specifically how to build, maintain and clear-up a fire, the ignition tool wasn't really important to be honest as the person who is learning should use a reliable/easy method like a lighter or a match until they are comfortable with how to build a fire successfully in the first place.

However you will be pleased to know that I have already done a video specifically covering how to use a Firesteel and different techniques etc :)

All the best,
9 Tuesday, 20 March 2012 19:57
Jordan Draddy
i liked the video but maybe you ,ash, could use a firestill to make your fire so it could be a how to use a firestill video
8 Sunday, 06 November 2011 20:21
Jakob Elbæk Egegaard Pedersen
Awesome Ash! I was actually considering getting myself a fire piston earlier today. Now I know I need one :)
7 Friday, 28 October 2011 23:46
Richard Hummell,. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Great Video! Love the effort put into cleaning up after yourself.

I try to use, as often as possible, the Dakota fire hole method. Dig a hole 1 ft X 1 ft X 1 ft deep in the ground and a sister hole 4" X 4" about 1 ft (preferably up wind) from the mother hole and at a 45 degree angle to the bottom of the mother hole.

The sides of the mother hole act as a chimney and draws air into the mother hole via the sister hole. The bottom is like a blast furnace and gives off great heat. Place green branches like a grid over the mother hole and put your pots on it to cook, boil water or just roast your meat or fish directly on the green branches.

Your fire cannot be seen unless you are right on top of it and the chimney effect reduces smoke almost to nothing.

After you douse your fire and have ensured that the fire is completely out, just bury the two holes and scatter leaf litter about and , PRESTO! No one can spot where your fire was.

Keep up the great work! You guys are fantastic!
6 Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:38
Ian Taylor - Northeast Laners
Excellent video, well presented, clear to understand. Very impressed with the whole site infact. I run a website for green laning and quite a few of our members are into, or would like to get into bush craft. I will be recommending this as a great place to start.

Keep up the good work.
5 Monday, 10 October 2011 22:56
Ashley Cawley
@Ben a good recommendation Ben and a method I've used a few times before.
4 Monday, 10 October 2011 16:22
If you have a trowel, it's nice to dig out a trench to have your fire and then after scattering, cover the earth back over. By doing this you're not scorching the earth and nor are you killing it.

Nice vid as usual and a nice reminder that a lighter is the easiest way to start a fire! :-)
3 Thursday, 06 October 2011 14:24
Dan XF
Very good video. Seems amazing to me that some people can't do this most basic skill but I suppose that's just our modern society. My 7 year old daughter asked me how we would operate behind enemy lines and leave no evidence of our stay for a hunter force to find. I took her out to some local forest and showed her this style of fire and the cleaning up. She was fascinated by the whole LNT ethos.
NB I'm not ex SAS and would never claim to be. I'm ex forces and actually failed Special Forces selection but these skills were still taught to us so we could stay in the field longer if need be or stay hidden for E and E.
2 Friday, 30 September 2011 21:40
Dave McKergan
Superb! Really nice video of a well maintained and erased fire. Nice one!
1 Friday, 30 September 2011 20:49
David Savidge
Great video as always!

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