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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.

Video review: We check out the Lightning-Strike mini survival firemaking kit

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Do you need a Lightning-Strike firestarter? You decide. But the ability to start a fire might someday save your life. And the inability to start a fire could cost your life.

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Don’t be left in the dark! What you need for lighting during a power blackout

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Much of the country is facing major storms and power blackouts as a result of winter storms. A survival situation can develop right in your home when the power goes out. Your backup plan must include emergency lighting. If you live in these affected areas, here are some tips to keep you from sitting in the dark.   Afraid of…

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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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Mike Stewart, bark river knives

Knife maker Mike Stewart discusses thin blades and batoning firewood

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I like thin-bladed knives and think batoning firewood is highly overrated. Mike Stewart, president of Bark River Knives, and a knife industry legend, explains why today’s knife blades had to be made thicker because of the batoning fad. Here are his Facebook comments, used with his permission. 

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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. Most firemaking lessons stop with the initial ignition. But that first flame won’t last long if you don’t have dry sticks to feed the fire. Here’s how to find them.

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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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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: Find the right rocks for flint and steel firemaking

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Flint and steel is one of the oldest methods of starting a fire. Here is how to find a rock that will help you create that initial spark.

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This standard money belt with zipper can carry several survival tools.

Make emergency kits | Use a concealed money belt to carry survival gear

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A belt can do much more than hold up your pants. Work it right, and a standard money belt can be a component in your personal survival kit.

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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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