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Practicing fire craft is about making a fire on a regular basis. It’s not easy but it’s doable. A fire pit outside and fireplace inside can make a huge difference in how often you light fires.
You can harvest your own tinder, you can make tinder bundles and you can practice starting that fire. All of this goes a long way.
Now, making fire indoors is a bit of a farce because you don’t have any issues with the weather to deal with. However, it’s still good practice. It’s a practice in patience and watching that fire come together and knowing what it needs.
You can only roast so many marshmallows over the fire so what do you do with fire after you are bored with just starting a fire and sitting around it.
Turn it Colors
There are many ways that you can turn a fire different colors. It’s the simple addition of other chemicals and elements to your fire. A colored fire can be very exciting. It can get the attention of the kids and add a little something to the night.
It’s also an excuse to light a fire!
Cooking over an open fire is another great skill to learn. You should certainly know how to utilize things like grill grates and dutch ovens. Cooking over an open flame is mostly about controlling heat. If you can control the heat you can go a long way. This comes with practice.
The fire is a great place to teach other survival skills and teach others how to make fire, too! The fire itself is entrancing, especially to children. When you give them the power of making fire they will want to learn more from you.
We have gathered around the fire for a very long time. It’s basically woven into humanity. We are the only creatures to have figured out how to harness fire. Therefore we are meant to enjoy it.
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.