Real life scaving and bushcraft

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Real life scaving and bushcraft

I've been working on a few new tricks this Christmas. Today I tested them out in freezing weather, wish I had my dogman coat.

I made a fire using only a firestick(flint sparker capable of starting 12,000 potential fires) and some cottonswabs soaked in lamp oil. Vasoline works better I hear. I was able to cram 20 swabs into a repurposed pill bottle along with some lamp oil from my storm kit. It worked great, the fastest fire ive ever made. I use one swab to start one fire but you could easily tear them up and make 50 or more fires using the 20 swabs.

After that I made my first Dakota fire hole. A wiki search will tell you the details should you be interested. Basically its a slow burning fire to conserve fuel and focus heat upward for cooking. A few sticks which would be used up just to get a normal fire going can be used to cook an entire meal. Potentially it can be built within your shelter for direct, safe, and efficient heating without giving away your position if done at night.

I scaved along a creek and found 5 lumps of coal. I'm gonna bring them to me nephew for late Christmas lol. I also located a large source of firewood that had been deposited by flooding and some Cyprus branches which I brought home to make feather sticks(they're a bushcraft method of creating tinder in damp weather).

A ferro rod is *not* flint. It's magnesium. Starting a fire with one is much easier than starting a fire with an actual flint.

Go to a creek or river and find a flint or other rock of Moh's scale hardness greater than 7. Hit an iron or steel object (for example, your knife) with the rock. If there are sparks (you have to whack it pretty hard), you have a flint and steel.

Dakota fire holes are good for camps where you will be staying in for more than one night, it is easy to balance your pot etc on them. I don't like digging holes every time I have a fire though (I don't carry a shovel or trowel), so if I am staying for only one night, I don't bother.

I don't think you could put a fire inside your shelter- even ignoring the possibility of burning it down, you don't want to be breathing all the carbon monoxide all night.

Where are you, geographically?

Technically Ferro rods have very little magnesium (2-4%) the major component is an alloy of Iron, Cerium, and Lanthanum (though many do come with a magnesium bar on the bottom for use as tinder).