Making Fire Sticks
A fire is one of the best tools you can have in a survival situation. With a fire, you are satisfying several needs while adding some comfort to a tense situation.
A fire stick, also known as a feather stick, helps your tinder bundle grow into a roaring campfire.
With a knife and a stick it is simple to craft a fire stick. Make sure to use dry wood, from a dead branch of a standing tree, or a dead tree that has tipped over and is leaning against another tree. Try to avoid using any fire building material from the ground, as it will probably be wet.
It is a good idea to have your fire sticks crafted and ready to go, before the tinder bundle is started. Typically, 8 to 10 fire sticks are a good starting point to get a good fire going.
Once your sticks are ready, light your tinder bundle and get it burning. Once it is burning, lay it down, in the spot designated for your fire, and place a few of your fire sticks on top of the bundle.
The tinder bundle fire should start spreading to the sticks.
A fire needs a lot of attention in those first few moments of life, but as you nurture it and it grows, you only need to check in once in a while to ensure it is still going. In those first few critical minutes, you will need to stay near your fire and keep a watchful eye on it. Have all your supplies close at hand, so you never leave it unattended!
Fire making is a skill that must be learned. When you think you finally have it all figured out, that skill may falter. Never get too comfortable in your skills, keep practicing, no matter how good you think you are.