How to Carry Fire — Transferring From Camp to Camp

The first step to carrying fire is understanding how it works in the wild. Once you’ve mastered that, packing and transporting fire becomes a lot easier! If you’re just getting started with this skill, here are some easy steps for beginners.

how to make a roaring fire” is a survival guide for how to carry fire from one campsite to the next.

Six ways are displayed to carry fire with hands.

Along with shelter, water, and food, fire is a vital survival component. In certain circumstances, fire is the most difficult to get and the most valuable to maintain. It’s tough to ignite a fire using friction and natural materials if you’ve run out of matches and other man-made fire starters. As a result, after you’ve started a fire, it’s not “disposable,” but rather something you’d want to “recycle” if at all feasible.

Enter the fire-carrier. Carrying the fire is a practical, millennia-old technique to reuse an ember, as well as an excellent metaphor for passing on your moral ideals. You may take one ember from your current fire with you when you move camps and use it to create a new fire where you want to camp next.

The purpose of fire carrying is to enable an existing ember to endure for many hours while you travel from one location to another. It’s difficult to get the right “packing” for this since you want to couple the ember with a substance that will smolder (helping to keep the ember alive) without burning up. Punky wood, fungus, and pine cones are examples of materials that achieve this necessary balance. You wrap this coupling in damp moss to keep things together without burning after the ember has been partnered with smolder-friendly items.

We’ve outlined three approaches to this above. Keep in mind that no matter whatever method you pick, you’ll need to keep an eye on the ember while you’re on the go. To guarantee the appropriate combination of oxygen and fuel, you may need to blow on it or modify your packing on a regular basis. You may unpack your ember, set it in dry tinder, and relight your fire after you’ve arrived at your new camp. While you still have a nice fire, perform a couple fire-carrying methods if you have time. Practicing your approach ahead of time can help you fine-tune your technique and give you an accurate estimate of how long the ember will survive. 

Carry Fungus Fire

1: Look for bracket fungi, which are a form of hard fungus that may be found on tree trunks.

2: Break out a piece, hold it over an ember until it smolders, then wrap it loosely in moss to transport.

Ember Box

1: Collect charcoal, moss, and a vented container (a tin can or even a seashell would suffice).

2: Add moss to the bottom of the container, then charcoal and an ember. Close the container and cover it with moss.

Bundle of Ember

1: Gather tinder, such as thin twigs, dried leaves, and other tinder, as well as bark and moss strips.

2: To make a cigar, place an ember in the dry material and wrap it securely with bark and moss.

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