There are many different things that you can use nesting material from including other plants, materials, pine trees, bark, among others.

So, essentially this tutorial will help demonstrate how you can take the nesting material, create a nest, use the flash tinder to start a fire.

A nesting material can be made using cotton with cambium layer from a dead tree of at least one-year-old. Then, you gather the powder inside of the seeds from the cotton plant itself as the flash tinder which we put on the inside.

  1. Get a hand drill kit and keep it close to the nesting material.  Alternatively, a bow drill kit may be used if there’s no hand drill kit.

Cap and move into your nesting bundle and bring your nest to your coal.

2. Start a quick friction fire with the hand drill. This can be stimulated by getting extra powder on top of it.

3. Set your kit off to the side. Once you’ve got this coal busted, you might want to keep your kit off to the side and try to keep it off the ground because normally the ground is wet.

4. Blow the coal with your hand. There’s no need to blow with your lungs as this would only break it apart.

Using your hand will also cause the burnt part to spread to the powder part so that it compresses and binds it together so that you don’t just don’t put much powder.

5. Move the coal to your nesting material. You might want to get a big chunk of nesting material that will hold the embers so it doesn’t blow apart. You also want all of that powder so you need to tuck and pull it around.

The problem with blowing with your lungs is that there’s a little bit of a wetness in your breath as you blow and then stop in intervals, so you just teach your nesting material how to fly.

Leaving the nesting material for a minute and letting the ember throw heat into the material pushes the last 10 percent of water that’s in the material out.

6. Fly or spin the nesting material around. Fly the nesting material in order to give it persistent and consistent air instead of blowing on it, and stopping, and blowing on it, and stopping.

There’s a constant slight breeze of oxygen being pushed over this nesting material, and what that’s going to do is just help to spread it.

7. Blow the smoke from underneath the nesting material. When it it’s almost ready to burst into a flame, you can added a little bit of oxygen from the bottom by blowing while making sure you don’t get smoke and ash in your face.

A good rule of thumb is the more smoke, the more oxygen. It’s going to bust a little quicker than you want it to with lots of smoke and lots of air.

You can then continue to fly it and it’ll bust into a flame even without you blowing on it until a fire starts on the nesting material.

An excellent way to start fire with a nesting material is clearly explained through the step-by-step process described in this tutorial.

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