fire lighting


Inner barks as tinder

Originally published in Issue 18 of The Bushcraft Journal, this article compliments other posts on this blog around natural tinders. Inner barks In this issue I want to continue with tinders, this time looking at inner barks.  In the last issue I discussed downy flower heads, which are largely seasonal in nature.  This isn’t the […]

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Downy flower heads

This article on downy flower heads was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 17 published in October 2017. Tinders After looking at various methods of ignition I want to turn my attention to tinders.  And just like different ways of lighting a fire, this is another big topic and it’s had me wondering where to start. […]


Bow drilling 1

I’ve written about fire by friction previously in this post in 2013 and it’s not a bad post by any means.  But I wrote this article last year for The Bushcraft Journal and started from scratch, so there are many similarities between the two but also a few differences that reflect how I’ve been continually […]

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Using electricity to light a fire

Using electricity to light a fire

This article on using electricty to light a fire was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 11 published in October 2016.  As it’s now completely free there’s no excuse for not getting a copy! Using electricity to light a fire When I’m teaching electrical fire lighting methods, I often use the analogy of an […]


The woodland handbag

When I’m out and about practicing my bushcraft, I like to find the easiest and most efficient way of doing things.  I don’t want to expend energy unnecessarily and so using simple techniques can often be more rewarding than might be imagined.  With that in mind, here’s a great little method of carrying firewood using […]

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Traditional flint & steel

This article was originally published in Issue 10 of The Bushcraft Journal in October 2016.  I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Traditional Flint & Steel I wrote about using fire steels back in issue 6 of The Bushcraft Journal and this time around it’s a related method, the traditional fire steel, or […]