How to Start a Self-Feeding Fire That Lasts All Night Long
Mastering fire was a pivotal moment in human history, it was a point where mankind discovered a means of harnessing a primal force and using it as a tool for their benefit.
Over the years people have forgotten how big of a role fire played in the lives of our ancestors, and like the rest of our modern existence fire is taken for granted. If you need a fire you pull out your lighter, or matches, or a flint striker.
Using any of these tools you can light a fire in just a few minutes and with minimal effort. While having these fire starting tools with you in a long term survival situation is a definite must, you must also learn to not depend upon them.
Matches and lighter fueled can be used up, and a striker can be broken or lost.
Then what do you do?
If you haven’t taken the time to master primitive fire making techniques you are likely going to have to try to get by without fire.
Why Fire Is So Important
Fire plays a pivotal role in modern life, and it played an even bigger one in the lives of our ancestors. Fire gave them a light source at night, a means to cook food, a means to keep warm, and a means of keeping predators at bay.
In the modern world fire will serve these same purposes if you are ever trapped in a long term survival situation. On top of that you can also use fire to purify water, and to signal for help in an attempt to get rescued.
The bottom line is that without fire your ability to survive long term is going to be severely impacted. It’s for that reason that learning how to make fire like our ancestors 150 years ago is so important.
The following are examples of primitive fire techniques that should enable you to make fire in most situations:
1. A Fire Saw
A fire saw is a great means of starting a friction fire if you don’t have any cordage or other fire making materials. To use a fire saw the first step is to gather your materials. This means you need a tinder bundle of light, dry, and fluffy material that is easily ignitable. Next you need a long flat piece of would, and a long, narrow, and strong piece of wood. If you have the means to do so you should anchor the flat piece of wood to the ground. Next using a knife or a rock you should make a groove in the flat piece of wood, if you don’t have a knife or rock to do this you can still be successful, it will simply be more challenging. Next you take the narrow piece of wood, place it into the groove you have cut, and while leaning into it begin running it up and down the groove you made. After a few minutes you should see smoke, and then an ember. You transfer the ember to your tinder bundle, and once it ignites you place it into the fire wood pile you have built.
2. Bow Drill
A bow drill is made using a long, strong and slight curved piece of wood, a strong piece of cordage, and a round and long piece of wood. You attack the cordage to each end of the long wood making a tool that looks much like the kind of bow used by archers. Make sure that you have the cordage drawn tight, then place the round piece of wood in the center of it, wrapping it in the cordage. Finally you place the tip of the drill on a dry piece of wood and begin to move the bow back and forth, causing the drill to spin back and forth. To make sure you are generating enough heat make sure that you use a block of wood to push on the drill so that it maintains a solid connection with the wood you are drilling into.
3. Hand Drill
The hand drill is possibly the oldest method of making fire that was used by our ancient ancestors. Using a long piece of wood that has been stripped of bark, called a spindle, you spin it using your hands against a flat piece of wood on the ground. As you spin faster and longer friction generates heat, which generates a ember, which gives you fire. The hand drill is probably the most physically challenging method of making primitive fire, and it requires a long, continuous effort. But if you don’t have any other materials on hand then a hand drill can give you the fire that you need for survival.
Mastering Primitive Fire Matters
Without fire our ancient ancestors may not have survived, and you wouldn’t be sitting here reading this. In terms of pure physical abilities we are sorely lacking when compared with many other animals.
But where we excel is in our intelligence, we are far smarter than other animals, and it was this intelligence that allowed us to climb to the top of the food chain.
Fire enabled mankind to have light at night, it allowed for survival during cold weather, it allowed for the cooking of food, and because most animals fear fire it kept predators at bay. In the event that you are stranded in a survival situation, or there is a disaster that wipes out our modern way of life, having access to fire can mean the difference between living and dying.
Mastering primitive fire won’t be easy, it’s going to take a lot of time and practice. You are also going to have to experiment in different environments and with different materials, so that you can ensure you can make fire in just about any location.
While it won’t be easy, mastering primitive fire is an essential survival skill that everyone should have.
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