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).
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.
*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.