Monday, April 7, 2014

Alder has dead, easy-to-break trunks

This is what you build up to. You can't light a log with a match, and you'll be running around all night if you have only kindling for your fire. The fuel can include logs, larger tree branches, broken-off pieces of tree stumps, driftwood, old lumber, and anything else that burns. I have even used dry buffalo dung. Not all woods are equal. Maple will produce twice as much heat as pine. However, pine will be easier to cut or otherwise collect. Alder has dead, easy-to-break trunks that burn well without much smoke or sparks, making it good for a cook fire. A smokier fire may be wanted, though, if rescuers are looking for you. With practice you will learn which woods work best for various purposes.Planning to have campfires? It may be tough to start one if everything is damp. Carry a fire starter or two, to make it easy. Pieces of cardboard soaked in candle wax work well, even when wet.
 Dried peat moss  can be used for insulation to turn a light jacket into a warm coat. Just stuff the jacket full without removing it. It can also be used as mattress material or toilet paper. Sleeping bags should not be stored in stuff sacks. This constant compression will eventually crush the insulation, making for less loft and therefore less warmth. Store bags unpacked on a shelf or in a large cloth bag. Cotton balls and materials like that make great fire starters.The Aurora Fire Starter is simply the best magnesium fire starter on the marked.