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The warmth, the energy, and the safety that is provided by fire cannot be replaced.
Fire provides you with so much more. It cleans your drinking water and cooks your food, as well. Fire is one of those things that come easy in the best of conditions with the best of tools. If you have shredded newsprint and a box of matches in the crispy, dry end of September, fire comes easy.
It couldn’t be more night and day in other situations. You do not want to be dry, shredded newsprint, fire master. Instead, you want to be the master of cold weather, wet tinder fire. The only way to master this is by practicing.
To really master fire in all conditions you have to have an understanding of the parts and pieces of fire. You must understand the steps to creating fire and most importantly the fundamentals of the fire triangle.
Moisture is the ultimate enemy of fire so you need a way to start a fire without dealing with that moisture. High winds can be tough to deal with but they also feed the fire precious oxygen.
If you cannot beat moisture than you will never get a fire started. A damp tinder bundle is not going to take an ember or even a rain of sparks from a Ferro rod. It’s not going to happen.
You need to pack some extra tinder and keep it dry at all costs. While you might think it silly, a full-sized Ziploc bag filled with dryer lint will give you a serious solution in terms of building and making fire.
You might also need to cover your fire in its early stages if you are dealing with precipitation.
Fire is a craft. It takes time to master but you can become a force if you put in the time and have the right tools and resources.