There are differences between where and how you build a cooking fire and where and how you build a fire for warmth. This video demonstrates one approach for making a cooking fire.
Tip: If you're building your fire in a heavily-used area, please collect wood and kindling from as far away as possible. Stripping the forest of its fuel in a localized area may ruin wildlife habitat and it ruins the natural beauty of the area for others.
Tip: Watching a fire-making video won't make you an expert. Get out there and practice, practice, practice! You never know when this skill could save a life - including your own.
Tip: For an efficient and contained fire that won't leave a fire scar, use a Liard Firebox.I learned a lot from making this first instructional video. I learned that:
- Having a script is a good idea. I didn't have one and I wince every time I hear a grammatical error or a word that I've overused. Or when I've used a wrong word. Or when something I've said makes absolutely no sense. But you can figure out what I mean, at least.
- Batteries die very quickly at -35oC. I would have done more/better takes if I wasn't going through my batteries so quickly. Also, there would have been a section on how to melt snow for water. If you've never done it, it's not as simple as you might think. I'll save that for another video, maybe.
- Youtube picks awful pictures for the display shot. Hopefully it will update to a better shot soon.
- I should remove my snotsicles before every take. They distract viewers from the content and make me look like a bigger dork than I already am.