One of the most important facets of survival is how to keep yourself warm. Another is how to sanitize your food, water, wounds, etc. Obviously, the
solution is fire. The not-so-easy solution is one) how to get a fire going, and two) how to make an actual cooking device out of it.
While many of you have your own tricks, I'd like to introduce one that some of you might find not only surprising, but incredibly useful during future
camping or survival expeditions. The materials required are:
1. A pie tin
2. Some pine tar
3. Pine cones or birch bark
4. A few rocks
Note: the 5 dollars are for the lighter and the pie, whose tin you'll be using.
While it is often helpful, digging a hole is optional. If you want, you could just set the tin on the ground. Now, you place a few rocks on it, so as
to set whatever you're boiling or cooking above the flames that you're going to light. If you're using it for bodily heat, rocks aren't necessary.
Next, find a pine tree that has what looks like bird droppings dripping down the side. If you search for the source on the tree trunk, you'll find a
substantial amount of what looks like a pile of bird poop. If you dig into it, you'll find some brownie-batter looking stuff. Those of you who are
well-versed in woodland lore, you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. So after you grab a handful, you wrap it in birch bark or press it
into some dry pine cones. When you've finished with that, return to the tin and place it in the middle. All you need is a lighter now. Hold the flame
to the tar, and it will swiftly begin to burn. While this is useful for making some tea or a quick cup of soup, for more extended fires you'll need to
add extra wood, tinder, etc.
If you've followed all the directions, you should be able to master the art of making a nice healthy fire in a matter of two to three minutes, using
nothing but a lighter and some natural materials.
I hope this helps the aspiring survivalists of ATS. Thanks for reading!
edit on 6-8-2012 by AfterInfinity because: (no reason