Making a Fire in the Rain
Everyone that has ever tried to make a fire will know what a problem it is when you have wet wood. But most of us never even tried it in the rain. So how to make a fire in the rain?
The first thing you need to do is to find a dry and warm shelter, something like a rock face or grove of trees. In a case of a gusty weather dig a hole where you will start your fire. Pit will keep it from the strong winds and keep it dry.
Preparation is everything so collect more wood than you think you need. Never leave your fire when you start it.
Make sure that you base is as dry it can be. Make a raft like the base of sticks size of fingers.
Key when starting is starting small. Find a small tinder bundle of fibrous material, like a shredded cambium layer of a tree or the fluff of milkweed or cattails. If you are dry keep the bundle inside your clothes your body heat will help it dry.
Building a structure of your fire is important after you have you tinder material you will need pencil thick twigs (look for the dry dead branches at the base of evergreens) and add layers of progressively larger sticks. You should make a tower around you tender but be careful not to put too many twigs before it has the time to grow because you risk of putting it out.
Light your teepee with a fire starter that will catch even when wet. Look for birch bark or pine pitch on the trail, or carry a bag of cotton balls covered in Vaseline. Always be prepared with multiple methods of lighting a fire (matches, flint, and steel, etc.). Keep a lighter in your pocket in addition to in your pack—they work best when they’re warm.
Now you are ready to keep warm in the rain or other harsh conditions.
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