The criss cross fire lay


I’ve recently put together a post on the star lay and so thought I’d continue the theme and look at the criss cross fire lay.  Essentially this consists of a rows of sticks one on top of each other in alternating directions.  You can light them from the bottom or the top.  Typically we light from the bottom when we need embers for cooking and from the top to get a much longer burn time to stay warm overnight.  A criss cross fire lit from the top is often called an upside down fire.

So watch the video where I talk about both options and then build and light an upside down fire.

We teach the criss cross fire lay on our 2 Day & 5 Day Bushcraft Courses, and also our 2 Day & 5 Day Survival Courses.

You can see plenty of photos from all of these courses on our Facebook page.


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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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