Introduction: How to Build a Vertical Fire

The Vertical Fire is easier to start, radiates more heat, less smoke, and lasts longer than a typical flat fire.

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Survivorman2000 made it! (author)2014-05-01

That is genius! I will have to try this sometime. Two questions, when it burns down does the ash still spread out? And would it be good to keep inside a survival shelter?

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HowToLou made it! (author)HowToLou2014-05-02

There is some spreading of ash, but not nearly as much as in a flat fire. Make your green boundary wood is extra thick, or set up a double row of it, to help contain the ash even more.

It could work in a well ventilated shelter. The theory is that the vertical fire does not burn all at once and get too hot. This is better for a shelter.

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plecat made it! (author)2014-05-01

Fascinating!! I've been at this a while...I'm 50, and never seen this technique. I imagine you could use the verticals to hold food on if quick cooking was ok, or just use that beautiful bed of coals! Nice work Lou!

Paulie

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HowToLou made it! (author)HowToLou2014-05-01

Thank you! Yes, a pan would sit nicely on the verticals if you took care to pound them all down to the same length.

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