How To Make A Feather Stick
For Fire Lighting In Wet Conditions
Ever tried lighting a camp fire in wet rainy conditions? Difficult isn't it. In fact, sometimes just starting a camp fire to boil up some water for a brew or cook your dinner can be a problem.
In this article I want to show an almost certain way to enable you to light a fire. It is a very simple method I have used for years and always works for me. I'm sure you will be able to master it as well.
Knowing how to make a feather stick for fire lighting is a well known bushcraft skill, so really I'm showing nothing new here, but where it comes into its own is when you are faced with difficult weather conditions of wet, damp wood to actually start that fire.
There are a few essential conditions that must be met in order to produce a fire:
Fuel being one of them.
Without a source of fuel that is combustible you will struggle to light a fire.
When that fuel is wood, as it often is when outdoors, it must be as dry as possible, with no moisture trapped inside it.
Any trapped moisture will definitely make you fire lighting task a lot more difficult, that is if it can be done at all...!
Also avoid any wood that has growth on it like moss or even the odd flower.
This indicates a high moisture content within the wood and is to be avoided at all costs.
Search out some dead wood that is off the ground, away from any water source, with no signs of any growth on it. The dead tree in the photo below, is an example of exactly whats needed to make your feather sticks.
Below is my "How To" video showing my methods for making a decent feather stick that will catch a spark and produce a fire, even in wet conditions.
As you can see, not a difficult task at all.
The difficult bit is sourcing a good piece of dead timber thats as dry as possible to start of with.
Always remember your knife safety and always work in a methodical, safe way, especially when out in the woods alone.
If you know of any other methods or ways to improve and make feather sticks other ways, please leave a comment for us all to learn.
Happy Prepping Folks.