Got Fire Wood? – Shield Tactical Survival Series Part 4

By Oscar Mike

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Shiner, Texas –-( In the previous article, we discussed various methods for starting a fire.

In this article, I will cover proper preparing, starting and sustaining a fire, as well as information on the basic application of specific types of fires. Not all fires are the same. Different preparation and fuels are needed to produce differing levels of heat, light, and fuel sustainability in your fire.

One of the more overlooked aspects of starting a fire is preparation.

One can’t just go about willy-nilly and throwing sparks onto logs to create fire. It just doesn’t work that way. Starting a fire takes careful planning and gathering of materials to ensure success. If you don’t have the energy to do things twice or you see inclement weather rolling in and you’re short on time, proper preparation may save you from having to endure a cold night.

Tinder – The most important element to starting any fire is tinder. Without good tinder no amount of spark or friction-produced ember will be useful. Tinder comes in many different forms from natural to synthetic and may or may not include additives. This is the base fuel needed to start your fire and it will provide the first flames which you’ll apply to your kindling.

Kindling – The second element of producing a sustainable fire is kindling. Types of kindling can vary from unaltered pieces of fuel such as small sticks and pine duff, to prepared pieces like feather sticks and artificial fire starter sticks. Kindling provides the first base of flames strong enough and long-lasting enough to light your main source of fuel.

Fuel Wood – This is the last fuel step of your fire. Depending on the type of wood you choose you can dictate how hot your fire burns, how bright it…

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Shield Tactical is a family business. Though we are not all related by blood, the bond of 2nd ammendment supporters is just as strong. My name is John W. Harrington and I am the president and founder of Shield Tactical. I have been involved in student based firearm instruction for over ten years. Over that period of time, my philosophy has been simple – make it about the shooter. Every member of our team has heard me say (more than they care to count) “People don’t come to us to hear about how great we are or what we have done, they come to us for what we can do for them”. Visit:

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