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When disaster strikes and you need to find a way to keep you and your family safe and warm, having a good fire pit that will stay lit and is easy to care for will make a huge difference for your survival. Because fire is so important a tool for any kind of emergency or survival skills, knowing how to make a good fire that will continue to provide heat, cooking fire and security is very important and often overlooked.
A little known survival aid related to wilderness fire making skills is the Dakota Fire Hole, also known as the Dakota Fire Pit. This handy device is easy to construct and has marked advantages over other types of camp fire constructs. Once you make a Dakota fire pit and try it out, you may choose to use this method on a regular basis.
Making a Dakota Fire Hole is initially more labor intensive than simply building a fire on the surface of the ground. However the outlay in energy required to make a Dakota fire hole is more than offset by its efficient consumption of fuel; it greatly reduces the amount of firewood required to cook meals,treat water to destroy pathogens, or warm your body.
The Dakota fire pit is a valuable wilderness survival aid because it burns fuel more efficiently, producing hotter fires with less wood. In many areas firewood is scarce or requires a large amount of time and expenditure of energy in foraging to obtain it. Once you build a fire, efforts are better spent attending to your other wilderness survival needs rather than in the constant gathering of firewood. Other advantages of the Dakota fire hole are that it creates a kind of woodstove with a stable platform that is very convenient to cook over.
This very thorough five page document has step by step instructions with pictures to show the right methods for constructing a Dakota fire pit. It also includes a diagram to explain the special properties of a Dakota fire pit and lets you know exactly what you will need to make one. This is an invaluable tool for anyone who camps and hikes as well as an important survival tool in any kind of emergency.
- Where to Build a Dakota Fire Hole
- Making a Dakota Fire Hole
- Making the Fire Pit Chamber
- Making the Fire Hole Airway
- Using the Dakota Fire Hole
- How a Dakota Fire Hole Works
- Fire Hole Improvements
- Campfire Cleanup
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