Camping for fun and being in a survival situation have a few common necessities. You will need water, food and shelter. But, the most important element in any outdoor situation is fire. Some camping areas do not allow the taking of native wood for use in a fire, so, it is necessary to bring your own. Firewood can be big and bulky. Pallets make an excellent source of firewood. They are usually dry and easy to light, and, you can almost always get as many as you want for free from any local warehouse.
Things You’ll Need
Circular saw with bagging attachment
Drive the point of your nail puller between the boards of the pallets with your hammer. Pry the boards apart. Remove the nails from each board and lay them in a pile.
Cut 25% of your boards into small 1 inch by 6 inch pieces with your saw. Place these small pieces of wood into your kindling pile. Cut the remaining boards into 18 inch lengths.
Lay your rocks into a 30-inch-diameter circle. Place one ring of rocks on the ground and lay a second ring on top that interlocks with the first.
Remove the bagging attachment from your drill. Dump 2 cups of sawdust in the middle of your ring of rocks. Stand pieces of kindling on end around the pile of sawdust. Lean the top ends of the kindling against each other to form the shape of a teepee. Leave the windward side of your tepee open to give the fire oxygen.
Build a larger teepee of 18-inch boards around the kindling structure. Leave the windward side open on this structure to allow for adequate air flow.
Light the sawdust in the center of your fire pile. Allow the fire to light the kindling. Continue feeding sawdust and kindling to the fire until the larger wood is aflame. Feed larger pieces of wood to the fire to feed it as long as you need flame, light and warmth.
Some pallet manufacturers use large staples instead of nails. All metal must be removed from the pallets before cutting or burning.
Never burn any board that has been treated. The chemicals used in the treating process produce a toxic smoke.
Work gloves and safety glasses are required when using hand and power tools.
Always watch your fire. Do not build it too high. Never allow it to spread beyond the ring of rocks.
Always keep a large supply of water on hand in case of emergency.
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