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Finding The Best Wood For Starting A Fire by Friction

 

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There are seemingly endless modern tools to use to start campfires, but no one is properly prepared unless he or she also knows how to start a camp fire with no outside equipment at all. This is because mishaps can cause the original equipment to be lost or broken. When these things occur, it’s important to know how to start a fire by friction.

The friction method is sometimes known as “rubbing two sticks together,” but this is really just one way to do it. Usually, it’s actually done by rubbing a wood stick against a wooden base. No matter which specific method is used, the principle is the same: The rubbing must create enough friction to heat the wood until it’s hot enough to ignite materials that are then placed around it.

Even though it seems simple, many people find that when they attempt to make a fire this way, the wood just gets hard and shiny. The slick, shiny surface produces almost no friction when rubbed, so it won’t heat up. What causes this problem? It turns out that this is the result of using hardwood.

While different campers may prefer different types of wood, all agree that softwood is a necessity. They also prefer the bow drill fire starting method, in which a stick is quickly rubbed into a base. A hardwood stick can work, but the base must always be softwood. Using softwood for both parts works great.

One specific type of wood that has been mentioned as the best wood for a fire is white pine. Other types of pine are also commonly used where available. If there are no pine trees around, other softwoods are also acceptable. To determine if wood is soft enough, try to dent it with a thumbnail. If it dents, it’s softwood.

The other key is to make sure the wood is dry. Dead wood that has been on the ground will have absorbed water, so it won’t work. An easy way to get dry, dead wood is to look for a dead branch that’s still attached to a tree.

This may turn out to be one of the camping tips that turns out to be a lifesaver, but the ability to start a fire is just one of the things that’ll be needed on a trip through the woods. For your next camping trip, be sure to pick up a durable Litefighter tent for shelter and warmth.

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Tips How To Purify Water In The Outdoors

 

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When hiking and/or camping, water is a necessity. Although campers can go weeks without eating anything, a person can only live a few days without drinking an adequate amount of water. However, carrying enough water for an entire trip camping trip can be difficult, especially if the trip will last three days or more. For this reason, it’s important to learn how to purify water in the outdoors. Below are several methods campers can use to purify water on a camping trip of any length.

1. Chemicals

When added to water, certain chemicals will destroy bacteria and other harmful substances that could make you sick. Suitable additives include chlorine, iodine and potassium permanganate. Keep in mind that, although this method is relatively inexpensive, water purified with chemicals may not taste as good as water that was purified using other methods.

2. Filtering

This method requires a specialized water bottle or other small piece of equipment designed to filter dirty water. These filters typically use charcoal or ceramic to remove particles. They may also purify the water by adding chemicals to kill off any bacteria or viruses that remain.

3. Boiling

Campers who don’t want to purchase or carry any extra equipment just for water purification can purify their water by boiling it. This method requires bringing the water to a rapid boil in a basin and allowing it to boil for at least ten minutes in order to kill all harmful organisms. After the water has been boiled, it must cool before the camper can drink it, which can be time consuming. For this reason, some campers decide to boil extra water at meal times and store it for later.

Of all the outdoor survival tips available, learning to purifying water is one of the most essential. However, bringing along sturdy, reliable shelter is also important.

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