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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.

Be careful! Avoid these five fire safety bad habits

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As a prepper/bushcrafter/survivalist, you may be familiar with the idea of starting and maintaining campfires. But what about fire safety?

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Review | Butane Zippo may need to be part of your survival fire making kit

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It is hard to improve on a tried and proven piece of gear, especially when 500 million have already been sold. But this latest fire making tool from Zippo may be an improvement on that old classic lighter.

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Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

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Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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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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Dry sticks can be found in wet situations if you know where to look.

Five tips for finding dry sticks in wet weather

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Murphy’s Law states that the more desperately you need a fire, the harder it will be to build one. Find dry stick in the wettest weather.

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Video: Dryer lint as wilderness survival firestarter? No way!

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You stake your life on your firemaking kit components. My recommendation is to substitute cotton balls in any application you might be using dryer lint.

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Video: 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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Recycle those junky candles into a survival firestarter

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Everybody has some clunky, junk candles they will never use. Here’s how to convert them into an effective firestarter, using materials you probably already have.

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