It's not difficult to make a flint and steel fire, with a fire making kit and these easy to follow instructions:
To make a flint and steel fire, you need:
A tinder bundle: a big handful of dry grass, dry leaves, or similar – made into a ‘nest’.
Ensure your fire bed (or fire tepee) is ready and prepared with kindling / twigs / wood of various sizes, and ready to accept your burning tinder.
How to use flint and steel
These instructions are for right-handers. The opposite works for left-handers:
Useful Tinder extenders:
Silver Birch Bark
One of nature’s best firelighters. This light, thin bark takes a spark well, even when wet. It will help your tinder to catch fire - a small handful should be enough.
Highly flammable. Take a small pinch, fluff it up and add it into your tinder bundle with the silver birch bark to help the tinder catch fire.
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Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.