- In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. Theodore Roosevelt
Make Fire Without Matches or a Lighter
Learn how to make tinder for a fire and have your tinder nest ready
For all of the methods below, you will need a tinder nest to nurture the sparks and/or embers you create into a flame.
Gather dry wood
In order to create friction and maintain a flame, you will need to use dry wood, as best as you can get.
Dry wood hiding places. If the area is damp, you may have to check the interior of logs, under ledges, and other places that are protected from wetness.
Know your trees. Not all wood ignites equally. Depending on your locality, some particular trees start fires more readily. For instance, paper birch yields paper-like bark that, even when wet, often makes an excellent tinder.
Look beyond wood. Although fire-building is usually taught in the spirit of building a fire in the wilderness, you may have to adapt. In an urban situation there may be no trees, so you may have to look at things like old books, wooden pallets, furniture, and the like to get a fire started.