All the below information should be used in a sensible way, away from any flammable materials. I do not accept responsibly for you using the information below.
Before you even start to make a fire you are going to need 3 things; Oxygen, Fuel and Heat. These three things make up the fire triangle that you most probably learnt about at school.
Oxygen part is easy as its all around us.
Heat will be talked about soon.
* Outdoor Clothing depending on Weather
* Lighter/Matches Or Flint and Steel (if you want to look like you know what your doing!)
* Cotton wool to speed things along a bit
* Hay or straw (optional)
When you have your piles laid out on a dry piece of ground where you intend to light your fire, get some sticks and lay them parallel to each other close together so your fire isn't sitting on the ground to start off with.
Now we need to talk about how your going to light it. If its autumn collect some dried bracken, which lights really easily with a lighter, or with some patience a flint and steel. To speed thing along i usually take some hay or straw and cotton wool. You want to pull the cotton wool apart slightly to make a more fibrous clump, (and get a bigger target to hit with flint and steel). Place your cotton wool inside a nest of hay, (or bracken nest if you can find some), put it on top of where your fire is going and then get the flint and steel out. If you're using a lighter you can bypass the cotton wool stage and light the hay.
Don't let your dog get this close!
Flint and Steels
When you get to this stage, just feed your fire while your using it. NEVER leave the fire lit unsupervised. If you want to put the fire out, stop feeding it wood. Let it burn down, and when theres just embers left kick soil on top to make sure its defiantly out before leaving it.
Enjoy your fire! Next bushcraft blog I will go through some things you can use the fire for.
* Don't burn rhododendron, as the fumes are poisonous, (not sure what it looks like, google it!)
* Adding vaseline to half the cotton wool will make it burn longer
* Kids can get involved in every stage, don't take over all the jobs!
* Remember fire is hot, watch bare skin near it!