In this step we’re going to filling the notch with fire dust.

This is essentially our final step to make sure everything is working properly before really getting this fire going.

Let’s jump in!

STEP 1. LOCK IN   

  • Get back into your position again.
    • Armpit resting on your knee
    • Bicep touching your knee
    • Wrist and forearm touching your shin

STEP 2. START DRILLING

  • Be sure to get good long strokes, using the entire length of your bow.
  • You may start to generate smoke here, but you’re not going for fire, yet. So you can ease back a little bit.
  • Ultimately your goal here is to create your fire dust. Ensure it’s filling up the notch.
CHOCOLATE GOODNESS: You know you’ve got a good set when your dust is clumpy with a brown chocolate color. This is ‘chocolate gold’ as it essentially acts as your firewood.

STEP 3. ASSESS PROGRESS

  • You may start to notice the dust building up around the perimeter of the divot in your hearth board.
  • In this case, your ‘ignition notch’ isn’t cut deep enough.

  • Before moving your hearth board, gently scrape the dust onto your catch pan.
  • NOTE: Once you’ve completed the following steps, place your hearth board back in the exact same spot to build upon the dust you’ve already created.

STEP 4. DEEPEN IGNITION NOTCH

  • Cut your ignition notch deeper into your divot.

  • The cut here is small, but will make a big difference.
  • Notice the cut has not increased the width of the ignition notch. Just the depth of it.
  • Now your dust should fall right into the ignition notch, and not build up around the perimeter of the divot.
STOP STOPPING: Every time you stop to do something, you always want to ‘tighten’ up your kit to prevent unnecessary stops going forward. Everything looking good already? You can always sharpen the ‘pencil tip’ of your drill to reduce friction.

Reload your drill, and get out the final guide to finally get this fire started!

 

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