Making Fire In A Windy Place

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  1. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist

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    This was related by my father-in-law who used to hunt deer and wild boar in the mountains. He said that when it is windy, it is so difficult to start a fire even when you have a match. What they do is to huddle together (they are usually at least 4 in the group) with the pile of sticks over dried leaves in the middle. As the lighted matchstick touches the dry leaves, the pile will ignite But when the strong wind comes, the fire will be extinguished. It is like hide and seek. They wait until there is a lull of the wind before lighting up the matchstick.
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  2. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    With flint & steel the opposite is true, wind makes lighting a fire easier & faster.
  3. vennybunny

    vennybunny New Member

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    In my area what we do is put the leaves under a lengthwise-cut half of bamboo to protect it from winds. The bamboo also acts as the kindling for the fire.
  4. m33kuh

    m33kuh Active Member

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    Making a fire in an open area is kind of tricky specially if the wind is strong. Sometimes people try to dig or make a hole and make a fire there. Or, find some things that can help in diverting the wind so it won't directly hit the fire.
  5. billa

    billa Member

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    I use my body and clothing for partial shelter of the fire from the wind. There's really no reason to light a fire in the wind/rain.. You wont have the wood needed to keep it burning. So just keep moving until you find a sheltered spot. You have no biz being out there without the proper clothing, shelter and sleep gear to not NEED a fire, down to at least 20+F. Such gear, to include the clothing, only adds about 6 lbs to your load. You're carrying at leastw 10 lbs of bodyfat. So if 20 lbs of gear, food and water is a burden, lose some weight off of your butt before going into the bush. Being out there, without the right gear and knowledge (and no rental satellite phone) is too often fatal (or nearly so). Why risk it?
  6. lonewolf

    lonewolf Moderator Staff Member

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    I wont be setting up camp in a windy area, too much chance of falling trees, falling branches and a ruined sleep because of the buffeting wind. find somewhere more sheltered.
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