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The night was colder than expected and we all assumed, for some reason, that if we built a big enough fire that it would warm us all night.
However, after a couple of hours, the raging flames had died down to a soft glow. It was clear that I would be up all night keeping a nice warm fire going to heat the home in a winter power outage.
Understanding fire and how to fuel it is critical in survival. Here are a couple of ways that you can build a fire that will burn the whole time you sleep!
Self Feeding Fire
The self-feeding fire is created by building two slopping ramps that you can fill with logs that roll towards the center. This self-feeding fire looks like a V and at the center, you start your fire. As the logs burn away new logs roll down to take their place.
If you stack enough logs they should roll and burn all night long.
The Upside Down Fire
The upside-down fire is another interesting idea that can be used to keep you warm throughout the night.
In most cases, you burn your tinder and kindling beneath larger logs. In the upside-down fire, you build a stack of small to medium-sized logs. These logs are arranged two at a time parallel to one another and the next two are turned 90 degrees and stacked parallel.
Stack several layers and then build your fire on top of this stack. You might need a simple fire lay to build on the top of your stack.
A nice fire is going to start to burn down into your stack of fuel and the fuel will feed your fire as the night goes on.
There is a lot to fire and fire craft. The best way to enjoy it is to try new things and get some hands-on experience.