Fire Lighting

fire lighting

Who’s it for?

The short answer is that this course is for anyone who wants to learn to light a fire in any weather!  This course is focused on one of the key skills of woodland living – fire lighting, although as with all of our experiences the skills you will learn are transferable and potentially of use to people who are campers, canoeists, hikers or pursue other outdoor activities.

What will I do?

During your day with us you will study fire lighting in considerable depth; the emphasis is to ensure that you have plenty of opportunity to practice in a safe environment. You will be given considered demonstrations of these skills followed by ample opportunity to practice them under the expert tutelage of our qualified instructors.

During this course, you will:

  • Spend plenty of time creating a flame using matches, lighters, parabolic mirrors, lenses,fire steels, wire wool & batteries, traditional flint & steel
  • Make char cloth, create an ember with it and blow the ember into flame,
  • Identify, gather and prepare tinders from outer barks, inner barks, fungi and downy flower heads,
  • Create different fire lays and understand their purpose,
  • Make your own fire from materials sourced locally.

At the end of your fire lighting day you will be equipped to light a fire in all weather conditions using materials that you find around you!

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Other information

Location: Westwell, Kent

Duration: 1 day

Start: 10am

End: 4pm

Course size: Maximum of 8

Catering: Lunch provided

Note: There is a short walk from the meeting point to the camp. We’ll transport your bags in our 4×4.

Please take a look at our Terms & Conditions; you might also find these Frequently Asked Questions useful.

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by Mary Cutts on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Another lovely day spent in the woods

For me this was a recap, as I attended the excellent 5 day bushcraft course a couple of years ago.

Gary as always instructed the course brilliantly taking time for us to perfect skills and giving extra tuition as needed. I enjoyed the ways of ignition trying out all the types.

The tinders section was very useful, and a walk in the woods looking for them in their natural environment brought the knowledge and practical together.
And of course the actual fire lighting was very satisfying.
Thanks also to Nicola for an amazing lunch.

Another great course, the fact I keep coming back says heaps.

by Jacquie Hall on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Fire lighting course

A fantastic day in the woods, I learnt so much ! Very satisfying to make my own fire and watch it burn!!! 😀 i will definately be back for more.

by Nick Marett on Jack Raven Bushcraft

Excellent course. I found it was well worth the money to learn the skills first hand. I went thinking I had no chance with fire by friction. I am amazed that I managed to do it.

Seven embers aren't a fluke Nick! Well done.

by Rogerjohnston on Jack Raven Bushcraft
Fire lighting

A great course very enjoyable and easy to understand

There was a good mix of students (old and young) which made for a fun course the instructors were very patient and able to put across the training that we needed.