Preserving Embers In Ash

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  1. remnant

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    Decades ago, people in my region used to preserve fire by burying or covering burning embers in woodash in their hearths. I don't know the science behind it but overnight, the glow continued and a fresh fire could be kindled in the morning.
     
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    It is called banking the fire. This method is still in use today.
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    we had coal and log open fires when I was a kid, even 20 years ago we used this method, found the sheep dog puppy sleeping in the ash and embers one morning, don't know how it didn't get burned alive-the embers were still red.
     
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    We had a dog did the same thing. We used to do all our washing in a copper outside. The dog got in close after we had finished the washing & burnt some of the hairs on her back!
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  5. poltiregist

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    The knowledge on banking a fire is something every prepper / survivalist should be familiar with . Very simple but also very important . It could save a lot of someone's fire starting resource .
     
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  6. Keith H.

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    Banking an open fire reduces the oxygen getting to the embers, just like shutting the vent on a wood burning stove at night.
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