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Magnesium Fire Starter

On a trip to Tenant Creek Waterfalls we decided to use our magnesium fire starter to “initiate” the fire. Both Matt and I have carried these fire starters on many camping trips and decided that a little practice would be in good order. If you are not familiar with the device it is basically a [...]

Picture: Winter Camping Nighttime Campfire

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Types of Campfires

TEEPEE FIRE: This is probably the most basic of fire designs. It is often used as a starter upon which bigger, longer-lasting fires are founded. It’s also a great fire for a quick warm-up or water-boiling snack break. This fire uses mostly kindling, but larger teepees can be created by adding larger logs vertically to [...]

Using Magnesium Fire Starters

Andy Bailey gave a good comment on our post about using magnesium fire starters. It sounds like good advice, but like Andy I have moved on and use a fire steel striker and Vaseline cotton balls.

“I have a little experience using these magnesium fire starters: There is a bit of a trick to it. [...]

Building a Reflector Fire

A reflector fire is really any fire that has some sort of flat surface behind it to direct the heat back out past the fire. This surface is erected behind the fire and pointed, for example, at the face of a tent, lean-to or other shelter.

This back reflector can be made out [...]