Four Random Survival Fire Tips

Random Fire Tips

Here Are A Few Random Tips For Making And Burning A Survival Fire

This is a quick look at a basic fire kit, an improvised natural & manmade candle, an home made Altoids fire tin candle and a quick tip for saving energy when having a camp fire.

Random Fire Tips
Fire at Night

1. Basic Survival Fire Kit

The basic fire kit in the video below is one that I carry in my Bug Out Bag.  It is super simple, lightweight and always effective.  When putting this together I tried to apply the KISS principle as much as possible.  Take a look at the video below to see the items I pack in my fire kit.

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2. Survival Fire: Sycamore Ball Candle

In the fall and winter months the little “seed heads” or balls on a sSycamore tree can be used as a flash tinder, they can carry an ember if they are good and dry, and you can even add a little chap stick to them to make a small improvised candle or more sustainable tinder for starting a fire.  Take a look at the video below to see how to make the candle.

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3. Survival Fire: Homemade Altoids Fire Tin/Candle

If you are looking for a way to can an emergency tinder that will flame up really well and put off a lot of heat, this little Altoids Tin/candle is easy to make and works very well and best of all it is super cheap to make.  Take a look at the video below for a quick description of how I made it and to see it burning outdoors in the wind.

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4. Survival Fire: Energy Saving Camp Fire Tip

Cutting wood is a manly affair that many of us love to expend energy on when we are in the wilderness.  But the truth is that often times, we don’t need to spend as much energy as we sometimes do.  In a wilderness survival situation you should actually avoid cutting wood unless you need to.  Take a look at this simple trick for saving you an bunch of time and energy when burning a camp fire.

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If you have ever wanted to learn Fire by Friction take a look at the following link for a post I did on practicing with a bow and drill.

What sort of cool fire making tips or tricks do you have that you can share with us in the comments below?


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4 thoughts on “Four Random Survival Fire Tips

  1. Good job. I call this a hobo stove. I made one by rolling up corrugated cardboard and packing a round fish tin with it. I melted in a few ‘T’ light candles. I found its easiest to refill while it is burning. I also had the overflowing problem. The wax gets to a kind of boiling point bit I think it was air in the bottom coming to the surface. This put out the flame but then the wax was kind of sucked back into the cardboard. It burns well even in a wind but mine has no lid which is a good idea.

  2. Thank man! T Lights probably would be more efficient than the stick candles that I used. With the T Lights you could probably just light them up let them get liquified and them pour it in. I had to sit and hold a lighter under the stick candles and let it drip in… not the most efficient way! Cheers JJ

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