How To Build A Fire With Wet Wood

How To Build A Fire With Wet Wood

This post is to demonstrate how to build a fire with completely soaking wet kindling using only 1 cotton ball and Vaseline as a tinder.  If you saw my recent post Fire Building 101, the information in this video could appear to be very similar.  That’s because the foundations and principles used in fire building don’t need to change much at all.  The National Weather Service stated that on 3 Sept 2011 (the day I shot this video) that Omaha, NE had had 1.3 inches of rain in the previous 24 hours.  It was also raining all morning before I shot the video, but to make it more challenging and to show you that the principles I lay out in Fire building 101work in any condition, I went ahead and dumped a bottle of water on all of the kindling just before laying it over the tinder.  As you will see in the video below, starting a fire with soaking wet kindling takes time, preparation, and a lot of patience.  A fire with wet wood is not going to burn as energetically as one with dry wood, but you can get a good sustainable fire going if you use the techniques laid out in this video.

Take a look at the video below to see how to build a fire with wet wood

Do you have any tips for starting a fire with wet wood?  If so please leave a comment in the section below!

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About JJ

As a child I grew up in the Midwest on a small farm and fell in love with the outdoors. Later, that led me to join the USAF where I became a USAF Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Instructor. As a SERE Instructor I have trained in all types of environments. Temperate, Arctic, Desert, and Rain Forest. After four years in SERE I retrained into the counterintelligence and counterterrorism field where I have worked for 11 years. I have traveled to the Far East, Asia, Southwest Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. The combination of both careers has thought me to see two sides of a coin. I consider myself a realist and while I enjoy primitive survival living, hiking, camping, and hunting for short periods. I also have the experience & understanding to know that living primitively is NOT fun or easy for long periods. Therefore, I try to be practical and logical in an effort to build a reliable, flexible philosophy of self reliance that can be utilized in any situation. Hopefully reading this blog will help you to do the same.

6 Responses to How To Build A Fire With Wet Wood

  1. JJ says:

    I am planning on doing another video similar to this showing how to build fires in wintery and snowy conditions. I would be curious how you guys would do this different. Its tempting to want to mess with the sticks and starting blowing on it, but seems to me this usually ends up in a smoldering pile of smoky wet wood.

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  5. Syncubus says:

    Tending to your tinder makes it tender.
    ‘Tinder’ is used to start a fire. Thanks for the great tips.

  6. Rita says:

    Thanks for your useful tips, it gave me some key points on what to look for, when starting a fire in rainy weather.
    Keep up the great videos.

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