Step 1
Credit: Carl Wiens

Step 1

• Gather some dry pencil-sized twigs.


• Find a downed tree and, using your camp saw, cut some branches no thicker or longer than your arm.


• Collect strips of birchbark, dry pine needles or a piece of dried lichen for a fire starter. (Or you can take along one of these homemade fire starters: a cotton ball covered in Vaseline; pieces of wax crayon; dryer lint dipped in paraffin wax; a squirt of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.)
Step 2
Credit: Carl Wiens

Step 2

• Arrange the twigs in a criss-cross pattern over the fire starter.


• Put the larger pieces of wood on top but make sure there’s enough space for the fire to breathe.


• Place a few more twigs on top.
Step 3
Credit: Carl Wiens

Step 3

• Light the fire starter. Once the fire is going, build a second pile of wood around and even on top of the fire to constantly dry out your fuel source.