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Learn Ways start a Campfire

Whether you’re going camping in the woods with your friends and family, or wishing to spark up a bonfire, there are fewer life skills that are more vital and more useful then having the capability to spark up a fire from two sticks of wood.

The very first thing you must do is to locate two sticks, with one preferably being hardwood, and the other softwood, being sure that both sticks are dead and as dry as much as possible. The sticks have to be of a certain size, with the softwood being about 1 foot long, 1 inch thick and a minimum of 2 inches across, and the hardwood stick ought to be around 1 inch round. That’s to be certain that it’s easy enough for you to grip. The hardwood stick should also be shaped to a point.

The next step we’ll need to do is to cut a groove in the centre and down the length of the softwood bit of stick. After doing this, turn the stick over, and repeat the identical step on the reverse side. Should you have a knife, perfect, otherwise, look for a stone, preferably a rough stone like sandstone, and rub it up and down the bit of softwood with a firm pressure.

Next, we’ll need to dig a small hole to help keep the piece of softwood in place. Kneel before the softwood stick, with it directly ahead of your knees. Hold the piece of hardwood stick with both of your hands, and quickly, yet with force, rub it along the length of the groove. Do that continuously, as after a while it’ll create heat, and produce a hot ember, that’s in the form of a hole, which appears in the middle of the wood.

Lastly, you’ll need to apply this ember from the softwood to a tinder. This can be any dry, flammable material, so strips of bark for instance. Blow on this to provide it with extra oxygen, and when the flame starts, place the tinder into the bottom of the campfire, aiming for the smaller, more easily ignitable sticks.