Whats the easiest way to make fire in the snow?

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  1. branchd77

    branchd77 Administrator Staff Member Gold Supporter
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    Does anyone have a good idea how to make fire in the snow without matches or a light? Ideas?
     
  2. Jason

    Jason Active Member
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    If you can stock up on these they are called wet fire cubes, as long as you have a way to make a spark they will ignite, rain snow or wind.
     
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  3. Dustin

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    Fatwood
     
  4. Bran

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    Char cloth and dryer lint and anything that makes a spark. (Also made some wax soaked face pads that burn great in any weather)
     
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  5. BIll Dockstader

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    if you find dead wood that is off the ground you can shave the wet outside of it and have dry materials. as long as you have a base that is out of the snow you can build a friction fire kit and use shaving as tinder.
     
  6. John Johnson

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    Ladies most of you are carrying a great fire starter. It may sound hard to believe you makeup mirror,that little mirror you carry to check how you look. If you have sun light at the right angle it can be used just like that magnifier glass, amplify the suns rays to start a fire. There are several proven cases where homes were cough on fire by a powder puff mirror left open on the night stand.
     
  7. lonewolf

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    same can be done if you wear spectacles-old schoolboy trick!!
     
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  8. TheJim

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    image.jpeg So... My two cents...
    #1: clear the area of snow to the ground.
    #2: build a fire platform
    #3: gather the 4 types of bundles (see below)
    #4: use either home made fire puck or bundle 1 and 2 together + combustion device
    #5: add bundle 3 followed by 4
    #6: maintain and gathere more wood.

    1- dry tender bundle (ex: dryer lint, wood chips or shavings, pounded pine needles)
    2- birds nest (ex: a birds nest... Dry grass/leaves formed in a nest)
    3- small sticks the dryer the better
    4- larger sticks/logs.

    I will attach a pic of my daughter and her 3 of 4 bundles.
     
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    0000 Grade steel wool and an 9 volt battery work great as well as either a 5x or greater magnification lens or a Fresnel Lens.
     
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  10. Paxxis

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    Another one that we guys can borrow from our ladies. A little something I call "Manpons". Tampons are basically cotton tinder wrapped in plastic. Pull one apart, fluff the cotton inside, add spark, and presto! Instant campfire. :)
     
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  11. Keith H.

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    Really hard to know how to answer this with a simple comment. You need to learn basic fire lighting skills & get yourself a REAL flint, steel & tinderbox. I had my boat swamped by a storm on the Great Lakes one time during winter. I had to go over the side along with a friend to swim our boat to the shore. It was poring with rain & my fire bag had been under water on my belt. It took me less than 5 minutes to get a fire going. It does not matter whether it is snow or rain, if you gain the knowledge of how to make fire in all weather conditions with flint & steel you will never be without fire.
    Keith.
     
  12. Tom Williams

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    Find some pine trees less snow under canopy of limbs clear spot with branch use low dead branches off pine as starter base for fire ie fatwood is pine
     
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  13. jeager

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    But never build a fire under a snow laden fur tree.

    Snow is almost sure to fall and put out the fire.
    Been there done that.

    I've dipped thin cardboard into canning wax as well as strike anywhere matches to make water proof
    matches and fire starters.
     
  14. Bugsbunny2604

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    Well surviving in the snow is most probably the most difficult place to survive. The main reason is because it is not as easy to make fire in the snow as it is in dry places. Everything in the snow is frozen, wet and soggy. Which makes finding things to set a light a lot harder, but never fear Bugsbunny2604 is here.

    Here are a couple steps to follow:

    -First of all find a location that is flat and well covered by trees (For snowfall).
    -Try and make a "Fire Pit", by adding a stone foundation as well as a stone ring around it.
    -Now we get to why you need an area with trees, you use them as heat reflectors for your fire as the main reason for your fire is to keep you warm.
    -Always keep a stockpile of wood (Also lift it a couple inches off the ground).
    -Find tinder, kindling and fuel. (To make your fire in the pit).
    -Try and find bigger fuel sources, like big chunks of wood or tree trunks.
    -Finally build your fire at the entrance of your shelter to get maximum warmth from your fire.
     
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    Thanks bugs.
     
  16. Keith H.

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    This is all very well Bugs, but the problem for most people is not not knowing what needs to be done, but how to do it. Rocks also make a good heat reflector, but trees are required for a source of fuel. "Find tinder kindling & fuel", many have no idea how to do that, they don;t even know the difference between tinder & kindling.
    Keith.
     
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