So I struggle to build fires. I believed I have some curse or some shit, I follow the proper procedures (dry tinder, plenty of oxygen, small pieces of dry fuel, slowly increase size of fuel as I go). For some reason, IF I get the tinder to light (let's say I use a lighter and some news paper) then the small twigs and stuff doesn't burn. Or if I get the small twigs to burn, the bigger fuel doesn't catch alight. It chars, and some of it turns to ash, but it doesn't burn.
also, recently bought fire steel, tried using it on dried grass and frayed cotton rope, and couldn't get it to light.
Anyone have tips?
As important as the fuel you use is the way you position it. The heat from the tinder has to be contained and transferred to the kindling. One the kindling ignites, it's heat has to ignite and help sustain the larger wood. Try a teepee style fire, this method does an excellent job of growing your fire until it's self sustaining.
Clear the area 6 feet from the outer edge around your fire ring of all combustible material.
Think big. The idea is to get a bed of coals as quickly as possible. Don't short yourself on tinder and small kindling, and don't be afraid to move shit around to get it in contact with the flame. Dead branches on the ground are the best source for tinder. The tiny brances stay off the ground and stay dry. The next step shouldn't be any larger than the stick connecting them to the branch. Build 3 piles beforehand: twigs; sticks; and branches. Birch bark from downed trees makes excellent tinder, but it depends where you are. It will generally either be white or grey, and very papery. You can also use cedar bark, but try not to strip it from standing trees. Leaves, cotton, and dried grass don't work well. You will end up with a face full of smoke.
Light it from the downwind side and feed it from the windward side. Get used to it, this is the way it's done.
Extinguish the fire completely, stir it with water, and don't leave it until you can put your hand right on the ashes for 5-10 seconds. Keep stirring it and make sure it's COLD OUT before you leave.
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Just ONE partial case.
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