posted on Apr, 23 2011 @ 11:24 AM
There was quite a lot of information discussed on the show, and being radio not all things can be explained well. So I thought I would do a little
summary of things discussed and break it down a little bit for people to do a little more research. One of the most important things to realize about
fire building is that it is indeed a skill that takes practice.
Fire by friction: As a child, I heard the old "rub two sticks together" that is not a literal statement. But being a child of 6 or 7, I had to try it.
Picking two sticks up off the ground and rubbing them as fast as I could until I was tired and then handing them to a friend only resulted in worn
bark and a couple of fairly warm sticks. The correct methods to use from hardest to easiest is:
What you are aiming for in this process is a buildup of charred sawdust that will become a small glowing coal or ember (depending on your
terminology). It is a combination of speed and pressure that makes this process work.The friction of wood on wood will eventually smolder. That coal
is placed into a tender bundle and breathed into fire by correctly blowing on it.
Flint and Steel (or any other rock that will spark by striking it against steel like quartz)
Usually with these methods, the goal is to catch the spark on a piece of charcloth to form an ember (or coal--again terminology). In the case of the
last two methods, the magnesium shavings are the target. And with the fire steel, the sparks are actually tiny molten chunks of metal that can catch
light tinder directly on fire.
Chemical and Etc (but in no order of efficiency):
Various Commercial fire starters like Hexamine, Wet Fire, etc.
9V battery and steel wool
alcohol, lighter fluid, oil, gasoline (use with caution)
car cigarette lighter or other sufficiently heated metal
As you can see there are so many ways of obtaining a fire that we barely touched the uses for fire. Such as:
signaling, cooking, boiling water to purify, fire hardening stick points for spears, straighting or bending sticks and branches, heating clay into
ceramics, making charcloth, warmth, light, protection from animals, the list goes on and on...
But for me, one of the most important aspects of fire is morale. A survival situation is the worst time for a defeatist mental attitude. Just a simple
campfire can be relaxing, comforting and confidence building all at the same time. It gives strength and unity to small groups. It can be a focus or
goal to keep going for a group member that feels they have little to add to the group. Even the most rattled person can be calmed by given the simple
task of gathering wood for the fire or just "sitting and watching" the fire if they are stressed to absolute panic.
edit on 23-4-2011 by Ahabstar because: (no reason given)