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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An Article by "Bow" Beauchamp: Fire Basics - General Steps to Make a Fire

The CPN is very proud to announce that we have a new contributing author - Allan "Bow" Beauchamp! To learn more about Bow's extensive expertise and extreme winter survival skills, see Bow's Welcome post here.

Bow has previously written articles for Wildwood Survival and the CPN has been granted permission to share some of these articles with our readers (a big Thanks to Walter Muma who runs Wildwood Survival!). So without further ado...we hope that you enjoy reading Bow's articles and learn some excellent tips for extreme winter survival! (and remember to watch for more of Bow's articles to appear here at the NWT Preppers Network, the Yukon Preppers Network and the Nunavut Preppers Network!)


Fire Basics - General Steps to Make a Fire

Here are the general steps to make, maintain, and end a fire (any fire, any method):

1. Choose and prepare a location for the fire.
2. Gather fuel.
3. Pile some of the fuel in an appropriate manner where the fire is to be situated, ready to be lit.
4. Ignite some material, usually tinder. This is usually the most difficult (and critical) step.
5. If necessary, depending on the fire-starting method, blow the tinder into a small flame.
6. Transfer the flame from the tinder to the actual fire.
7. Build up the fire by adding fuel.
8. Maintain the fire as needed.
9. Put out the fire.

1. Location

Generally, the location for your fire is a balance of many different factors:

* close to fuel source
* located on a non-burnable surface (bare rock is best)
* located away from burnable materials (such as very dry branches close overhead, or dry grasses nearby)
* convenience of the location (for example, close to your camp)
* but not in the way, either -- you don't want to have to navigate carefully around a fire that is squarely in everyone's way.
* wind direction and speed (wind can blow the fire onto neighboring burnable materials, such as dry brush)
* whether you need to hide the fire or not
* proximity to a means of extinguishing the fire (such as water)
* safety

For the rest of the general steps to make, maintain and end a sure to check out Bow's complete article at Wildwood Survival here.


Thanks Bow - we are super glad to have you here!

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