Now that we have our water situation settled, let’s move on to the aspect of fire. Fire, as you know, can be an incredibly useful tool in your arsenal. Not only can it be used for cooking our food, but combustion has various applications. One, of course, is providing light. Since half of the twenty-four hours, sometimes more or less, is night, there is a great need for visibility, work, and protection when the sun goes down. In this branch of our survival study, let’s shine a spotlight on creating a fire. This will be the other half to the purified water that you have now mastered.
Since the dawn of time, dominion over flame has done nothing but make everything we accomplish much more effortless. There are ways, of course, to bring about the heat and light of fire. For this example, all you’re going to need is some dry tinder, such as dry grass or dry leaves, and a few dry twigs to use as kindling. If you don’t have leaves available, then use dryer lint. This catches the ember even better. Next, arrange some smaller sticks in the fashion of a ‘teepe’. This formation is going to give the amateur fire builder the ability to create a fire with proper airflow—airflow, the best friend of a fire.
The next task is placing the kindling (if you have dryer lint available, it will be our best option) underneath the set-up of the fire teepee. Now onto the more exciting part. We need only an aluminum can and a small piece of a chocolate bar.
Essentially, this turns the can into a parabolic mirror, giving you the ability to focus the sun’s rays to ignite the tinder. Rub the very bottom of the can with the small piece of chocolate. We are essentially after the wax in the chocolate. Once you have polished the underneath of your can, you are ready. Aim the can at your tinder, and the sun. Voilà, it’s started. If needed, add more tinder if you see it extinguishing. Now fire has been subdued and turned to your will. Congratulations, we have created fire.
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Some will say that fire is the most important means for survival. Personally, I would have to disagree; locating a proper water source will prove vastly more important in the long run. Fire isn’t that difficult to make. There are numerous instances where you can produce flame. A proper water source is going to be integral to our continuity. Now that we have both, we’re looking better by the hour.
I’ll be taking a break for Christmas and the new year!!! Have a wonderful season. Looking forward to writing more and helping you with the knowledge of our forefathers. Keep watching your six!
STAY PREPARED, AND ALWAYS WATCH YOUR SIX.