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Picture of Build a Fire in the Rain/Wet Condidtions
Fire is probably the third most important thing in survival but good to have when camping. Survival is not something that is ever likely to happen, not bad to know a few thing, but avoidance of survival is better. It isn't often that you actually need to have a fire, because when when your camping, backpacking, canoeing you usually have proper gear, and are prepared, but say your are unprepared.

- When your camping and don't have to carry this in a pack, I'd recommend to always have a blow torch and propane (just a tip).
 
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Step 1: Tinder

First we will find the stuff to start the fire known as tinder. This is probably the easiest step of the whole process. I have listed types of tinder used but excluded leaves because they are going to be wet.
 
Tinder

*Pine needles- Pine needles can start a fire easy in rain because they don't absorb a lot of water and can be easily dried.

*Bark- Dry bark is found one the dry side of the tree (as you can see with the picture above). The under side of the bark you can scrape some small shavings off for some good tinder.

*Shavings- You can get wood shavings from inside of a (wet) stick by shaving the (wet) bark off for tinder.

Note~ I have learned to keep all of your findings in a bag or pouch in the inside of your jacket to keep it dry and to keep it warm to almost help dry the wood.

Note~ Birch bark burns wet because of the oils in it. 


First if its already raining you need to concentrate on finding shelter because you'll never get it started. Second is to get a good bird nest of shavings it's best to find a dead standing tree or the underside of a leaning fallen one that's up off the ground. It's best if your going into the woods make up a tin of petroleum cotton balls and a Bic lighter they fit in your pocket and easy to carry. And foolproof. Even on short couple hour hikes I carry those and solar blanket all fits in that tin. Oh yeah put the cotton balls in a ziplock Baggie so it doesn't get all over the other stuff. I take some plastic wrap and put them individually so I can just pluck one out and I'm good to go.
Reiff (author)  Jackoffmanytrades10 months ago
Yes, I agree, I have learned a lot this past summer, and also this was my first Instructables. I am sorry that it is not the best. I have learned to start a fire with fire steel, and what is most important in survival/camping, is shelter, then food, then fire (correct me if I'm wrong). I will get working on making this better.