Campfire Building and Fire Rope

All survivalists know the importance of fire. Few things are more important than the warmth, utility, and protection of a well-made and proper burning campfire. Some of the many benefits of a stable burn include: 

  • Water purification 
  • Means of signaling 
  • Predator defense 
  • Wound cleaning 
  • Light source 
  • Warmth 

While the necessity of a fire is not up for debate, the way you make it is, with many hardcore survivalists preferring to hone their skills than use available tools. A fire starter should be a part of any survivalist’s tool kit. Fire starters are a cakewalk to use compared to other ignition methods, and they are dependable. Today, campers and survival experts can use fire starter rope, which is easier to carry and deploy than previous options, and it provides a quick burn. 

What Is a Fire Starter Rope?

A fire starter rope is typically made of jute infused with high-quality wax. When used with Ferro rods, the rope ignites instantly. Typical rope sets will include three or more lengths of rope — you do not need to use an entire length of rope to start a fire. You only need to cut off a small portion from a single length to find success.  

The real beauty of using a rope fire starter is the wax-infused material makes these starters weatherproof, meaning you can use them amid any weather condition or storm. Because of the material’s versatility, it is invaluable to campers, hunters, preppers, and survivalists alike. 

How Do You Use the Fire Starter Rope?

Using a fire rope is not challenging. You want to cut off a small section of the material and unwind the braided end. It would help if you continued to twist the fibers until they separate, creating a fine and fluffy appearance. Once the rope is frayed, you will want to place the Ferro rod tip close to it, allowing the sparks to fall directly onto the material. The fire rope should ignite without issues.
The amount of rope you will need will depend on the amount of dry kindling you have and the size of the fire you want. For larger fires, more fire rope is beneficial to achieve maximum burn in the shortest time. Additionally, more cord might be necessary if you do not have a lot of kindling.

Should You Depend on Fire Rope or Other Fire Starters?

While there is nothing wrong with using fire starters and other tools like flint and steel to create a quick and stable campfire, as any prepper and survivalist knows, you might not always have access to modern tools. Therefore, to ensure your safety in an emergency, you should practice friction-based alternatives to cover all your campfire bases. There are a few friction-based methods, but the most popular include: 

  1. Hand drill 
  2. Fire plow 
  3. Bow drill 

Take your time to educate yourself on these fire-building methods and others. Knowing multiple ways to build a fire means you will never be left out in the cold, literally. 

What tools do you depend on for building a campfire, and what pointers can you offer the community? Leave a comment below.