Wilderness Skills: How to Start a Fire

Learn how to start a fire using a homemade bow drill as well as best types of firewood including tinder, kindling, squaw wood and large firewood.



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 To make tinder, work some light dry wood (such as this cedar bark) with your hands.
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 To make tinder, work some light dry wood (such as this cedar bark) with your hands until the fibers loosen (you can soften any particularly stubborn fibers by pounding them between two rocks).
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To complete the bow drill the bowstring is wound once around the drill.
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 The fireboard, drill and handhold are vital parts of the bow drill.
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This is the perfect firestarting form.
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A flight fluffy bundle like this well worked cedar makes perfect timber.
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Blow gentle on the tinder-wrapped coals in order to start a flame.
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Perfect fire-starting form... Blowing the tinder-wrapped coals into flame... and thrusting the lighted bundle into a prelaid fire.
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Add the tinder-wrapped flames to the tipi of kindling to start your fire.
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