How do I light a Fire Without Matches?
These days it’s easy to get fire but how would you light one without matches, you may need to know how one day!
Using flint to start a fire has it’s advantages as it doesn’t matter if it gets wet as it won’t be ruined.
What you’ll need!
A pocket knife [if your flint doesn’t have a scraping tool]
Kindling [ paper, cardboard, dry grass and small twigs] all work well
Sticks and larger logs once the fire gets going
Prepare the tinder nest
You want a nest of dry tinder the tiniest spark can be used to create flames. Use a knife to scrape thin wood shavings or alternatively gather dried grass, leaves or bark for a loose nest.
If you use dry grass you want to make a little bed for the flint shavings to go on. Put the bed on some smaller twigs and have other pieces ready to put on the fire.
Get in the zone
Take the flint and pocket knife, scrape some of the flints off one side, if you see sparks flip it over as you’re using the wrong side. You want to create some small flint shavings to go onto the bed of dry grass. A pile the size of a 5p is all you’ll need but you can add more if necessary.
Relight the fire!
This time you’ll need to use the other side of the flint to create a spark. Hold it down next the bed at an angle so sparks will fall onto it. Take the scraper or pocket knife and scrape down the flint towards the bed. You should start to see sparks and if they don’t catch just keep scraping. Once you have a small flame going start to add some smaller twigs and continue to feed the fire. Don’t add too much too fast. The fire might go out!
Is your kindling dry enough?
Is there’s too much wind getting to the embers?
Do you have enough flint shavings
If the fire starts but doesn’t keep going start blowing gently on the glowing pieces.
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