Posted by : kriss | April 7, 2014
Fire is really important after the fall of mankind and the rise of the undead.. oh and surviving if society crumbles for other reasons!
Fire has a lot of good uses beyond that and after shelter and water fire is probably a must. There are many ways to start a fire even after your Zippo runs out of fluid and your matches are a bust or gone. Make sure you have a way to start a fire and also a way to carry that fire from place to place. It would behoove you to add a firestarter to your bug out bag asap!
The “best” however would be to use one of those larger tin cans you ate your peaches out of last with a few holes and punkwood, horseshoe mushroom or whatever burns slowly and without much of flames. In short of those materials burying coal in a thin layer of ash and revitalizing it every now and then (2-4 hours), adding some more fuel might help too. I have learned from being a camper that fungus never goes out, it is one of the reasons why mushrooms thrive you cannot even kill spores off! (Oh tip? Look for mushrooms along fire lines yummmy morels!)
As incredible and important as fire is, it can cause problems as well. And let’s face it, there are no sexy firefighters out there anymore (unless you were smart enough to have one in your surviver group) to put it out! The enemy can detect the smoke and light it produces. It can cause forest fires or destroy essential equipment. Fire can also cause burns and also carbon monoxide poisoning when used in shelters.
Not sure where to start? Here is how to use that fire starter I told you to add to your bug-out bag and also how to start from the basics! Also, be smart, PRACTICE THIS BEFORE THEY RISE!
No matter what, fire is essential. Cooking, containment of bacteria, warding off insects, burning dead bodies even creating some weapons if needed! I was going to teach you how to fish when you don’t have those fancy lures grandpa made but figured if you did not know how to build a fire you are screwed, unless you are really craving sushi that day!