Getting a fire started

Starting a stove will be easier, but if you need a fire for warmth, cooking or morale, begin by collecting dry fuel in a plastic bag or groundsheet (assuming it is still raining). Choose a reasonably dry and sheltered site. Hold a fly, groundsheet or jacket over the site while one person prepares and lights the kindling. Lighting a candle stub in the base of the fire can provide a steady heat source to dry out kindling and help establish the fire. The candle is left in the middle of the fire, and the wax provides additional fuel. Shelter the fire until it is well established. At night, dry out some handfuls of twigs over the fire and store them in a dry place for use as kindling in the morning.