What you’ll need for winter camping, part 4

When camping outside in the winter you’ll need some essential things. To keep warm you need good garments, but if you start to get cold, you’ll need  some external heat source. The best thing is a campfire. To get going with a fire, there are some things that must be ready. First of all you need some tinder, the easy and comfortable way, is to bring some kerosene bricks from the store. And i highly recommend to have some stored in a waterproof container in your backpack,  just in case your campfire starter skills should momentarily get lost. I know my run off once in a while. But, if you have the time and opportunity to start your fire the old fashioned way, go for it! It`s a great feeling when your campfire start by using only one matchstick and all natural tinder. So, how do we do that? First of all it is the search for tinder. I prefer to use the outer bark from birch. You pull off the thin, white outer layer, the thinner the better. When I pull it off, I only take a small portion from one tree before I move to the next, so I won’t make irreparable damage to the tree. When you have a good portion of birch bark, about two big handfuls, it should be enough. Then I find thin twigs, these also as thin as possible, the best ones is dead outer twigs from spruce. you’ll need a good portion of this to make enough heat to start with bigger and thicker twigs. It is also possible to use tiles you have carved from a dry bigger log, but i only use that option if the small twigs are to wet or have an ice crust on them. Then you have to find twigs that are bigger to build a base for your campfire. Now for the actual fire. You start with a nice place to place your fire, the best if it is snow on the ground is to dig a hole down to the ground, and make a venting channel in the snow to make some draft for the fire. Then place  your birch bark in a heap and light it up. When it catches fire and begin to look healthy start putting on  the thin twigs a little bit at a time till you see that the fire won’t go out by it self. Then you can start putting on twigs that are a little bit thicker and wait for those to catch fire before you put on even bigger wood. Now the fire should have a good embers and ready for a night of giving warmth and comfort. I will make a video and put it on here in a later post, as I see it is hard to describe this only with words, and especially since english is not my native language. Hope you got the essence of it at least.

The camp boss making some tiles when the small spruce twigs was to ice crusted touse as first starters.
A nice fire with a good base of embers.

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