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Learn critical fire building skills, primitive fire making, starting a fire with flint and steel, and making fire under emergency conditions, including rain and snow.

Best survival firemaking method | Use cotton balls, Vaseline and ferro rod

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Here is my go-to fire making method for survival situations and how to use it. My number one choice is a combination of cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly and ignited with a ferro rod.

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Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?

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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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Feather sticks make good firestarting materials and they are easy to carve.

Five tips to make a better feather stick for firemaking

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Suppose you need to start a fire, it’s been raining, and all the sticks are wet. Here’s how to make dry firestarting materials.

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Pitchwood can usually be found at the base of a dead stick on a live tree.

How to video: Find pitchwood, a natural, effective firestarter

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If you are in an area with pine trees, you can probably find pitchwood, one of the most effective waterproof firestarters ever.

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For winter survival firestarting, you need a system that can be depoended on.

Best commercial survival firestarter? We test the Lightning-Strike ‘Napalm Tinder’

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How important is a reliable survival firestarter? Well, it could prove to be a gamechanger and/or lifesaver.

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This tricked-out Bic has a pop top attached, and is wrapped with about five feet of duct tape.

Pimp Your Bic For Survival Use video

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There is no single method or technique for survival fire starting that works 100 percent of the time. That said, I carry a mini Bic butane lighter in my pants pocket, my coat pocket and in my pack whenever I go out. Here is what you can do to improve this product for survival use.

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Survive this: Make a Scandinavian log candle for emergency lighting

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What if there isn’t much wood available, you want to stay warm and also be able to see in the dark? One possibility might be to make a log candle.

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How to Make Charcloth: A miracle material for catching sparks and making fire

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Charcloth is a material that has been “cooked” like charcoal is at high temperatures until it becomes black. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember. This ember can be transferred to a tinder bundle and blown into a flame.

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Video: Five things you need to know about using a ferrocerium rod for emergency survival firemaking.

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Your survival gear is as effective as your ability to use. Here is how to use a ferrocerrium rod to make sparks for firemaking.

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Survival kit: Make a Brick Rocket Stove for Emergency Situations

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If you can stack bricks, you can make an effective biomass rocket stove. The materials are cheap, and usually readily available during a disaster. Most importantly, it is a very simple survival skill to learn.

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