Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How to Start a Fire in the Rain - Cliff Jacobson

Rating: ****

Making a fire when on a trip is one of the most important things to do.  When camping you rely on fire to cook your meals, decontaminate water and keep you warm. It is vital to get the fire going, no matter the weather conditions.

The article by Cliff Jacobson is intended to explain how to make a fire in wet and damp conditions in a step by step structure.  The first step is to cut into the center of the log to get to the dry part and then cut very thin strips from the dry wood for kindling. The use a fire starter and cover your area that has fire with a tarp to protect it from getting wet. He then states how to build a fireplace structure correctly by laying down two logs and putting the kindling between them.

This article has been beneficial to me as when I go camping in the future I will know of efficient way to make a good fire in wet conditions. I now know that instead of going on a search to find dry wood, you can just cut into a log’s center to retrieve dry kindling.

Jacobson, Cliff. "How to start a fire in the rain." Scouting magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <http://scoutingmagazine.org/2011/01/ground-rules-rainy-day-wisdom/>.

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