How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood

How to Start a Fire with Wet Wood

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When it comes to bushcrafting and surviving in the wild, Fire is one of the most crucial things you need in the wild, It can help cook your food, Dry your clothes, keep you warm and even protect you from harmful animals in the wild.

Fortunately, most people do have the right skills to start a fire however what happens if it’s been raining and now the wood is wet?  In this guide, I am going to share with you how to start a fire with wet wood in case you encounter such conditions in the wild.

Starting a Fire with wet wood can be a challenging, however by following this guide you will know exactly how to achieve that.

1. Prepare where you will start the fire.

This may sound like a no-brainer, however, it is often overlooked by most people, this is very essential since the base at which you will start your fire requires preparing to ensure it is as dry as possible.

This can easily be achieved by identifying the dryest area and then using that as the base, it could be dry grass or soil. This will also help contain your fire from spreading.

The golden rule here is to get a much solid and dryer surface to start the fire one.

2. Generate a lot of Heat.

Since the wood is wet it will require a lot of heat to help dry it faster and that can be achieved by making use of an extra kindling, create a kindling using available flammable resources like dryer grass, cardboard or gather some pinewood which is great for starting a fire.

The goal is to generate a lot of heat to help dry the wood. One of the best fire starters includes Magnesium bars if you have some access to it then it can make a great fire starter, the downside with these bars is they burn really quickly and faster than you would like.

Another one you can use as a fire starter is a Paraffin Wax this is way better than magnesium bars because it burns down slowly, what I like the most about these is the fact that they are water repellent so even if it is raining it will still work.

After starting a small fire and generating some heat to help dry out the wood then it’s time to get the wet wood dry.

3. Cut/Split the Wet Wood.

Although the wood may be wet, the center of the wood is always dry, so to speed up the process of starting a fire, you want to split the wood using either a bushcraft axe if you don’t have an axe with you, then you could use a Knife to cut away some of the wet wood to get to the dryer part of it.

Usually, the inner layers of the wood are dry that is why cutting or splitting the would expose the wood will speed up the process when looking to create a long lasting fire.

Once the wood is cut the next thing you want to do is use the small fire that you created in step two to dry the wood up. This will take some time but is a sure fire way to do it.

4. Ensure there is enough air flow.

Last but not least, make sure there is enough airflow for the fire to keep burning, otherwise, the fire won’t last long enough, this is pretty easy and straight forward all you have to do is ensure nothing is blocking the fire whilst you still drying up the wood and enough air flow will speed up the process.

Final Thoughts:

Creating a fire when it’s raining or in winter conditions can be a tedious process, but very essential for survival and I hope this guide helped you understand one of the best ways to create a fire when the firewood you are using is wet.

If you have any questions regarding bushcraft feel free to contact me via the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


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