Delve deeper in the skills and techniques of lighting a fire. During this day course you will light a whole range of fires using a number of methods from primitive through to modern. You will learn how to firstly source tinder, prepare it and use it in the most effective manor to create a roaring fire in no time. You will learn and light fires using matches, flint and steel, ferrocerium rods, chemical reactions and the sun.
An overview of what you will learn during this day course:
• Safe use of knives and saws
• Principles behind how to safely light a fire.
• Environmental issue of fire lighting
• Fire platforms and different types fire lays
• Tinders selection and how to use them with various methods of ignition.
• Where to find dry firewood
• Methods of lighting a fire from traditional flint and steel through to modern day chemical reactions fire by friction and even the sun.
• How to tidy away your fire leaving no trace.
Your Day 9.30 – 16.30
|Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft|
You’ll be welcomed by one of our instructors and guided into the woodland to our basecamp where you will be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you will be using during the day.
Safety and the Environment
We will begin by talking about fire safety in respects of you and the environment you may be in. Our instructors will take you through why we need to harvest materials in a sustainable manor which reflects our needs to light and fire against the environmental impact of that fire. We will take you through different environments types and how to safely light a fire.
Tinders, Kindling and Fuel
This part of the morning will be spent looking at tinders both natural and man made, where you will make your own charcloth, Our instructors will take you out into the woodland and source fungi, barks and grasses before heading back to basecamp to prepare the tinder to catch that spark, flame or other ignition source in the most effective way. You will then be show how to find and harvest dry wood in even the wettest of conditions and make feather sticks.
Fire lays and platforms
The next stage of the course we will look at fire lays and how to gather all the correct materials and prepare them in a format that will ensure you light your fire first time, every time. Our instructors will take you through the different types of fire lays and how each one is designs and how it performs for heating, cooking and illumination. We will also look at different types of wood and explain how the different types of woods burn.
Methods on ignitions
This part of the day we will focus on lighting your fires. Having gathering and prepared all the materials previously on during the day nows the time to experiment with lighting your fires with various ignition sources. Our instructors will explain and take you through how to safely light fires using a traditional flint and steel, matches, modern ferrocerium rod, chemical reactions, the sun and the primitive fire by friction.
Leaving no trace
As the day draws to an end our instructors will take you through how to extinguish and tidy away your fire, leaving no trace.
All good thing must come to an end, time to pack and head of back to home. Come back soon though.
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