Making a fire with sticks in the wilderness is a necessary survival skill, but it is perhaps one of the hardest to master. The neanderthal who discovered fire must have been quite good with sticks.
This section will cover all of the skills required to start a fire outdoors when you have nothing but what Mother Nature has to provide.
Starting a campfire out of sticks can sometimes be a difficult and risky endeavor, as well as a challenging skill to perfect. Most well-prepared survivalists would never dream of leaving their house without properly equipped fire-starting equipment.
Venturing out into the bush with nothing other than your imagination to light a fire may make you believe you’re being clever, but you’ll end up doing more than just that: you’ll end up shivering and hungry.
In this post, we’ll explain some of the best ways to light a fire with only sticks, along with some of the simplest techniques. Whichever approach you use to ignite your fire, preparation is essential for success.
Please be aware that any method of starting a fire can be considered dangerous. Burns can and do happen, and getting a burn in the great outdoors is something you want to steer clear of at all costs. Create an action plan and use caution when starting a fire with sticks.
Before You Begin
Select a safe environment, ideally in a field and away from any overhanging trees, grass trimmings, or forest debris that could cause a fire. Find a protected area and record the velocity and distance of the wind.
Gather rocks and encircle your campfire with them to prevent the fire from spreading out of control. The ring of rocks also serves the purpose of keeping you warm after your campfire has been extinguished.
Make sure that you are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of fire safety measures and also local emergency regulations before considering lighting fires. If you’re not sure how to start and control fire, leave it to the experts.
What You’ll Need
Search for any dry, lightweight, and puffy material that could be useful as tinder, igniting a spark, and creating your campfire. Build yourself a small mound of firewood and try to keep it as dry as you can. Moisture is your enemy when trying to light a fire. Starting a fire with sticks involves careful tinder selection.
Timber flakes, pine bark, drier dust, charred cloth, or grass clippings can all be used to make tinder. Sanitary products such as tampons are a valuable tool for starting a fire.
They are usually sold in water-resistant packaging, are lightweight and cheap, and make excellent tinder. Pull the tampon from its protective wrapper and break it into tiny, fluffy shards that will rapidly catch fire.
The firewood you use to fuel your fire must also be carefully selected. You’ll need to have a lot of material before you can even begin your fire. Collect at least twice as much kindling as you think you’ll need.
Only take sticks from the floor; do not take branches from plants for your own use. It’s also not essential to get heavy wood for your fire.
Outdoors, the wood used for indoor fires performs poorly, and smaller plants are easier to work with. When you have a great flame, you can construct your fire by stacking sticks in a tee-pee shape all around the middle of the fire location.
Collect a large stack of firewood. It will be slowly introduced after your fire has ignited. The secret to burning tinder is to keep your pieces short in order not to smother a glowing ember. Tiny twigs are ideal for kindling.
How To Make A Fire With Sticks – The Method
This may be the easiest technique for starting a fire with sticks, depending on where in the world you’re located and how fit and healthy you are. Below is a step-by-step tutorial for our favorite fire-making technique, known as the bow drill method.
The posture used for the bow drill method is far more difficult than that needed for other fire-making methods. Start by crouching on the knees of your dominant side. The fireboard should be lying flat on the ground. It should be set on a flat surface.
This means you should remove any rocks, branches, or other objects that could disrupt the balance. The planks should next be positioned beneath your non-dominant leg’s heel. This is on the leg that your body is reclining on.
Place the spindle up against the bow, perpendicular to the floor. Twist the spindle while applying pressure to the bow until it becomes parallel to the bow. After capturing one edge of the spindles on one end of the bow, rotate quickly. This will create a stress cycle that will hold your spindle in place.
Now that your spindle and hands are in place, you must begin generating fire! Grip your bow with your dominant hand. Everybody has varying preferences when it comes to where they hold their fire bow.
In a steady, repeating motion, draw and propel your fire bow backward and forwards. Keep a close eye on your fire’s development. It is ready to burn when it starts to release a lot of smoke.
Insert some kindling or coal in the center of your tinder pile. Pick it up and place it approximately a meter away from you. To prevent being overpowered by the flames, blow very gently onto the coals, angling the pile slightly upwards. As more vapor develops, breathe a little stronger. Your fire should ignite in about a minute.
Once you decide to put out the fire, make careful to smother it with water and then mix the ashes with dirt. Assuming that everything is moist, do not leave the fire site until you are totally convinced that the fire has been extinguished.
Inspect to see if the remnants are still cold to the touch after a few minutes. It is generally a good idea to avoid the onset of wildfires.
Being equipped is essential for having good outdoor activities and camping trips. Wilderness survival, on the other hand, is about adapting to conditions that you would not have anticipated.
The skill to make a fire out of sticks may not be necessary on a regular adventure trip, but it could be crucial in the event of a survivalist crisis.