Prepper Advantage Field Guide: The Final Steps
Bow Drill 13
Well done on sticking until the end.
This is where we’ll finally get this fire started.
Let’s jump in!
STEP 1. DRILL TILL IT SMOKES
- Your kit should be running perfectly at this point, so start drilling.
- Remember to keep good downward pressure on your drill and to use the full length of your bow.
- There should be quite a bit of smoke coming from your hearth board divot once you get going.
STEP 2. SCRAPE
- Put your bow aside, and scrape any extra dust into your ignition notch.
STEP 3. PLACE
- Place your catch pan on top of your hearth board.
- Be careful not to spill any of that special dust!
- You’re going to be losing some heat to conduction, but don’t worry too much, you’ve got a 10-12 minute smoldering rate at this point.
- Catch your breath, and get everything prepped.
|THUMBNAIL: You’ll know you’ve accumulated enough dust if it’s roughly the size of your thumb nail.
STEP 4. TINDER BUNDLE
- Grab your tinder bundle.
- Hopefully you watched the training bonus on building your tinder bundle… if not, and you’re struggling to get your fire going, it’ll be worth stopping to check it out. It will make your fire-starting process much easier.
STEP 5. DUMP
- Take your fire dust and dump it into the middle of your tinder bundle.
- Pick your coal up and marry it to your tinder bundle. Let it sit for a second. You want that coal to start fusing.
STEP 6. TACO
- Fold your tinder bundle around the fire dust like a taco.
- The super fine tinder needs to be in contact with that coal. Work carefully because you don’t want to crush it.
STEP 7. BLOW
- Fold it a little bit, hold it up and keep it open in the back. Give it long slow breaths.
|RESOURCEFUL: Use the wind to your advantage by holding your tinder bundle so the wind hits your fire dust as well!|
- You should have a flame in under a minute.
STEP 8. FLIP
- As you drop the tinder bundle to the ground, drop it flame side down so the fire eats through the rest of the tinder bundle.
STEP 9. TINDER
- Quickly begin adding your tinder to the fire.
- As the flame grows, start adding your larger material.
- Before long you’ll have a nice sustainable fire!
You’ve successfully built a fire using one of the most primitive methods known to man.
The fact we still use it today speaks to its effectiveness.
This is a fire that only true (and very few) survivalists will ever have in their tool belt.
Be proud to be one of the few.
Until next time…
Stay ready and stay prepared!