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If you had to build a fire to stay warm or build a quick shelter, could you ? If you haven't had to all your life most likely you would struggle. I once tried to build a fire some years back and a young girl had to show me how, because she was use to doing it on the regular.

There are some things to consider before you can even think about building a fire; dry wood, kindling and something to start the fire with.

Having grown up in the city, I had no reason to build a fire. Striking rocks together or using a bow string fire starter , I got matches and a lighter. I hate to admit it, but I just recently within the last several years of living off grid part time have had to build a fire, (WOO ,WOO) I'm a pro now. People who smoke always have a lighter or some instrument to light they're sticks, but what about those who don't smoke. Now would be a good time to plan out or add to your Every Day Carry and include something you could use to start a fire. You could include a lighter, water proof matches and my favorite : a ferro rod fire starter. At the moment I carry the Bear Grylls fire starter by Gerber. It's very durable and compact.

Recently I thought about purchasing a new combination tool which included everything needed to build a shelter plus start a fire. You can chop with it, dig with it and even use it as a weapon. This is just to name a few of the many uses it has.

BESROY Camping Shovel

Check it out, it might be something you need as well.