The Art of the Flame

The Guide to Fire Starting in the Wilderness

Fire...it is one of the most important things that one must have should he/she get lost in the depths of the wilderness. In order to survive, one must have the knowledge of how to start a fire and how to keep it going.


Below are the steps that one must take to have a successful, enduring Flame.

Step 1 :

The first step of building a fire is building the physical fire pit.

The steps of doing this are:



  1. Decide on a location that is protected from the wind, approximately 15(or more) feet away from your sleeping area and other things, and away from tree limbs or flammable objects hanging overhead.
  2. Clear a 10' diameter around the fire site, removing all grass, leaves, twigs, and wood that may be in the way.
  3. Dig a pit in the dirt that is approximately 12 inches at the deepest point(the center.)
  4. Surround the pit with rocks and stones.



Your finished fire pit should resemble the below image.

Step 2:

The second step is to gather the "fuel" for your fire.


Below is a list of the three different fire-fuels that you will be gathering and an explanation of each fuel's purpose.

It will take a while to gather these items, each of which must be dry in order to be lit, therefore, patience is necessary.

If you do not have any paper or dryer lint, tree bark is an easier and safer choice of tinder versus the certain types of fungi, since fungi can be potentially poisonous, and difficult to find through the thick shrubbery of a tropical island.

Step 3 :

The next thing you are going to do after you gather your fuels is place some of your tinder in the center of your fire pit, being careful not to pack it down.

Step 4 :

Once you have placed the tinder in the pit, you are now ready to start building the kindling around the tinder.

There are multiple methods of arranging kindling in the pit, below there is a list of some these methods.

Step 5 :

Now it is time to light the fire!!!

There are multiple methods that can be used to start a fire, below is a list and explanation of some of these methods.

Congratulations!!!

If you have followed these steps properly and in order, you should have a high quality that should last you quite a while, but, let it be known that in order to have a enduring fire you must stay on top of it, adding more kindling, and fuel wood when the others burn off, blowing lightly at the base when it starts to go out, to prevent it from going out, and most important of all, keeping the fire at a manageable size.