The Ultimate Fire Starter
I have talked a lot about the need to be able to start a fire in many of my posts, I can’t stress that need enough. While it is especially important when you are out in treacherous conditions on hunting trips, the ability to start a fire is essential for non-hunters as well. Survival situations come up when you least expect them; it could be on a road trip to see family for Thanksgiving and you slide off the road and find yourself stranded. Or it could be a planned camping trip when the weather takes an awful turn and you find yourself soaking wet with no ability to start a fire. Or you could be out for a day hike in the mountains and your girlfriend breaks her ankle five miles from the trail head and you need to spend a night out. Or there could be a big snow storm or other weather event that leaves people without power in their homes. All of these situations happen consistently.
I am a firm believer in the ability to start a fire by multiple ways; like flint and steel, a bow drill, sun magnification from a broken head lamp from your car, or other means of friction. But not everyone can learn all of those ways to start a fire, and there may come a time in your life when you really need to be able to do that. Knowing this, I have researched some products and I found a really nice fire starting method for a very low cost, the Ultimate Survival WetFire product.
This product comes with 8 small packets, and each one can start a fire under any conditions with only a spark. Once lit, the material will burn at over 1,300 degrees, enough to get a fire going, boil water, or warm up a bowl of stew. The flame will last for 8 minutes or more, depending on elevation and moisture in the air. The material is non-toxic, so there is nothing to worry about regarding fumes or leaving the remains behind.
What I really like about this fire starter is that it is very small and lightweight; you can have a package in any of your packs, gear bags, or vehicles. For hunting, one package of these fire starters can last an entire season, and if you find yourself out late after a long hunt, there is nothing better than being able to start a fire quickly. With the intense heat from a single cube, you can get a fire going even with moist wood.
In wet conditions in the forest, look for dead branches on trees, especially pine trees that have a canopy to keep the limbs dry. You can gather a surprising amount of dry wood under the canopy of pines, and even though they may be small branches, they will be enough to get your fire going, and provide coals for larger pieces of wood. In a forest of lodge pole pine there will be many standing dead trees that can be easily brought down with an axe or hatchet, these are the trees that you should target for larger pieces of wood, not logs on the ground that will be full of moisture.
Spring is just around the corner, I hope you all will be getting out soon to enjoy the outdoors!