Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Start a Fire

How to Start a Fire – Joe Jackson

Rating: ****

The article, How to Start a Fire, will serve as a great lesson for anyone who still needs to learn the basics of fire building.

The article teaches the reader the basics on fire building. Matt Abatelli explains to us the common mistakes and tips on starting a fire with one match. When searching for fuel, take dry, dead branches that were not touching the ground to ensure an easier burning. To start your fire, you must start small; with twigs or newspaper as larger logs take longer to catch. He also suggests packing duct tape and cotton balls soaked in Vaseline because they are an excellent way to get a fire going.

What I’ve learned from this article alone, will be a tremendous help for camping and emergency situations in the future. It will help me save matches when supplies are potentially low, and get fires going properly. Various tips in the article, like how Vaseline and cotton balls come in handy in most emergency situations, whether it’s medical or survival, keep the reader engaged from start to finish. Overall I would recommend this article to anyone who doesn’t already know how to get a fire started.
Jackson, Joe. "How to Start a Fire." Outside Online. N.p., 29 Aug. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. <>.

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