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Choosing the right firewood in a survival situation is so important. It’s a skill that many preppers don’t take seriously.
Fire is everything in survival. You cannot forget all the things that you need that fire provides. The most important is for boiling water to make it safe to drink.
Beyond that, fire is going to be there for you to create warmth, cook food, a signal for rescue and so much more. Fire should be a skill that you focus much of your time on.
Practice things like:
- Tinder Making
- Fire Building
The Finnish gap fire is particularly interesting in the world of firecraft because it can sustain itself overnight.
In other words, you go to sleep at night and you wake up with a fire still smoldering. You are then able to add some more fuel and get that fire back to full strength.
The set up is basically two logs laid horizontally with one on top of the other and it is fairly easy to do, especially if you are good with a hand axe.
These fires are great when you’re sleeping outdoors in a lean-to shelter or under the tree canopy in very cold or arctic conditions. They burn all night which let you stay warm and get the sleep you need for survival.
Just remember to carve a groove into the lower log. Fill it up with the leftover whittlings, small sticks, and maybe the bark.
The sticks between the logs that make the air flow gap should be fresh and moist. This will cause them to burn more slowly than the logs themselves.
The process is simple and very effective. Be sure that you give this a try once before you depend on it overnight. Also, be sure you have plenty of tinder as this type of fire requires lots of tinder.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It’s made of lean, dried meat that’s crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call “survival skills” now.