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How to Build Survival Fire from Scratch

Knowing how to make a fire is one of the most basic outdoor skills. A fire can do many things. It helps you stay warm and dry. You will be able to cook food and sterilize bandages and water with it. It can drive away dangerous animals away and even flying insects with the smoke. Of course, it may also be used as a signal that you need help.

Choosing Your Fireplace

Before building a fire, choose your fireplace. You need to choose well as location matters a lot. First find a place where there’s good supply of wood and fuel and the fire can be protected from the wind.

There should be no dry vegetation nearby or anything that might catch fire. As you probably know, safety is always the number one priority. Before you start the fire, whether on a layer of stones, solid ground or a flat shale rock, remove all debris from the area. This prevents a ground fire and leaves no trace of the fire, except soot stones.

Picking Your Material
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To start a fire, you must do it gradually, starting with smaller wood pieces and moving on to bigger ones as the fire builds up.
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You need a material that will be easy to start a fire with, such as good tinder, which only requires a spark to ignite. The tinder must be completely dry, of course. There are many things you can use for tinder such as grass, leaves, resin, bark and paper. Spruce and pine trees are sources of resin. What’s nice about resin is its ability to burn whether wet or dry.

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just use your knife. Remember, tinder is the most important part of your fire so be sure to prepare it right.
Rub resin on small twigs and sticks if possible. Have a good supply of tinder on hand to keep your fire from going out. Gather tinder before you need it, and keep some in your pocket or backpack so it’s always ready when you have to use it.


Highly combustible, kindling is a good addition to burning timber. The best choices are small and dry sticks and twigs. They will easily ignite as soon as you put them on a small flame.


As your fire is established, you can begin adding larger bits of firewood, but make sure they are totally dry. Dead trees make some of the best providers of dry firewood.

Final Tips

As we have mentioned, safety should always be your number one priority when starting a fire. That includes never leaving camp until the fire is completely out. And certainly, it’s best to check twice or probably even thrice.