Bushcraft: Fire Platform

4 10 2010

Canadian Army soldiers build a fire on top of a Fire Platform during a Canadian Ranger survival course.

When trying to build a fire on top of snow or in wet conditions you need to build your fire as close to the ground as possible or on top of a fire platform.

Build up a platform (around 1m x 1m) of sticks with about the diameter of your wrist.

Build up a fire as you usually would without a platform, and by the time you fire has burned through the platform the ground will be dry, and warm for sleeping on.

While it is burning it is perfect for cooking as the platform logs will be half burnt through and the embers will be well protected and plentiful.

Source: http://www.wilderness-survival-skills.com

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