Before man built the railways, invented mathematics and created music, he made fire. Lacking this basic skill yourself? You might want to pay attention...

 

KNOW YOUR SCIENCE

To make fire you need oxygen, fuel and heat. Oxygen is not a problem because we are surrounded by it, but the other two take some work.

FIND THE RIGHT KINDLING

Generally speaking, soft woods give a short, very hot burn. Because of this, silver birch, bark or twigs, propped up into a triangular pile, make excellent kindling.
 

CREATE SOME HEAT

You can generate heat by rubbing two sticks together or striking a flint against some steel. Another option is reflecting the sun's rays on to the wood. Do this with a mirror, a pair of glasses, a pair of binoculars or even the headlights of your car.

AND THEN ADD SOME HARD WOOD

Silver birch might be great for getting your fire roaring, but it burns too fast. So once you see flames, add on some dry, hard wood, as it burns more slowly. Your fire will last long into the night.


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