posted on Jan, 31 2013 @ 12:08 PM
Here is what you should do BEFORE you start a fire.
Collect the wood and have it all ready, quite close to where you are making the fire; in a pile, organized by size.
Get barks; not the thick stuff. Get the stuff that peels off kind of like paper, from trees. Healthy bark works, but some trees will have extremely
dry stuff as well.
Collect twigs off the ground, or if you have to off trees. Again, dead branches are the best.
These small pieces are your starting wood.
Then get a little bigger. So from small twigs, get some twigs that are a bit larger (2 centimeters wide)
Then get ones that are an inch or two in diameter.
Then just get progressively larger ones until you have big logs.
Make your fire using the small stuff, and add wood, using the larger wood as the fire gets bigger.
Do NOT use all of your wood at once. You don't want a huge fire. There's really no point. You can keep warm with a medium sized fire, and cook
When you are cooking, you want to designate a small little natural stove. This stove generally is on the side, and is on the coals. There should be
fire around it, but you don't need to cook in the middle of the fire. This will make your food cook better and it won't burn as fast. Furthermore,
using coals is easy and because it works great it means you really don't need a large fire.
If you want to bake something, or perhaps cook something like a turkey, you can do that with a fire too.
Note: this is a longer process and is not ideal if you are fleeing.
Just wrap the turkey (or other meat) in tin foil, once you've prepared it to your liking.
You'll want to dig an oven of sorts in the coals, and ground. Put the meat inside that hole you've made. Then surround it once again with coals, and
then put the logs back over it. You want to make sure that the coals stay consistently hot, so make sure your fire or coals do not die.
This oven technique works for turkeys, but also small sandwiches. Using a small oven, in the coals, with a tortilla wrap will produce a wrap that has
a warm inside (and cheese melts great by the way), but the tortilla will not be burnt.
When you are done with your fire, you may want to consider bringing some with you if you are traveling. You can do this by using a large can (from
beans), or anything metal. You'll want to pole holes and slits (not too large) in the sides of the can. Add a little handle to it. This can be done
with metal wiring quite easily, but really anything you have could work as long as it doesn't catch fire.
You don't want to be carrying a can with a BLAZING fire in it; just hot coals that will burn for a while. When you are traveling, you can swing this
can around to give the coals some heat. Just make sure you don't give it so much air that it eventually burns out. Make sure you carry some of that
smaller wood I was talking about to keep the fire going. This is a great way to have warmth, which can be amazing if you need to make a sudden stop,
boil water, or cook.