Friday, January 29, 2010

Starting a fire takes practice

This struck me as analogous to evangelism at many levels...

The important lesson to learn is how to properly use a firesteel in combination with cotton tinder, followed by effective fire building skills at home or in a controlled camping environment before you embark on a backcountry journey in which a lack of these skills could inhibit your safety.

* Practice sparking the firesteel onto tinder at home
* Practice adding kindling to the tinder
* Practice building small fires from the kindling
* Practice keeping a fire going

There is a theme that seems to be occurring here - practice, practice, practice. Use the following informative photos as a starting point. Keep in mind that the striker has an 'up' and 'down' side. The method by which the metal is pressed creates a sharp edge and a dull edge. The side marked 'up' should be facing you when you strike so that the sharp edge causes sparks.

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