posted on Jan, 10 2014 @ 12:13 PM
ideally you want to dig down until you get to dry ground but what if you don't have an E-tool or something else to dig with? not so easy now when you
consider when the snow melts the water is going to do it's best to put out your fire.
So lets just assume you don't have a trashcan lid or metal snow saucer to use as a base. In that case you'll want a nice big log 4' inches around
min, or you can use a couple three pieces of 4x4 lumber.
you don't need a base as big as this one... but don't build it so small it just melts itself straight down into the snow.
Don't think of this as the base for your fire...Think of it as a kind of boat that will float your fire up and out of the melting snow... and this is
where you place your kindling, wood shaving, fire starter.
Collect as much fire wood as you can before you start because one it get going you'll have to work fast to keep up.
as for kindling you'll want to start off with a stack at least as thick as your forearm. the most common mistake I see when people start a fire is
not enough kindling, wood shavings, etc. stacking progressively larger pieces on top. Don't smother leave air space and carefully add more wood so
as not to spread the coals/embers away from the base.
okay, so that part was simple right. just like building a fire in the summer...well sort of...A fire built in a pleasant spring meadow isn't going to
start sinking the way a fire will when it's built on snow.
but that's not such a bad thing if you pay attention.
As your fire burns it's going to create a bowl shaped depression in the snow, obviously... water will fill the bottom... as the hole becomes bigger
the sides will melt and refreeze turning to wet ice that acts as a reflector for the heat... the reason for using a wood base is wood floats and if
it's floating on ice cold water it'll take a very long time to burn through your base.
I know this all sounds like common sense right?
And you would have thought people would know to drip their sinks to keep their pipes from freezing in subzero temps too, but tens of thousands of them