To build a fire, feel heat, smell smoke, hear snaps and groans, watch flames dance, and gaze into glowing coals is the ultimate outdoor comfort. A campfire gives warmth, sheds light, dries Trade Trade Clothes, calms fears, and draws a day in the outdoors to a pleasant close. In addition to the comforts of a campfire, a life may often hang in the balance. When a campfire becomes a matter of life or death, there is no room for error. The Complete Book of Fire: Building Campfires for Cooking, Warmth, Light, and Survival provides the knowledge and fosters the confidence to successfully stay alive.
|Publisher:||Menasha Ridge Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Buck Tilton began camping with his Dad and as a Boy Scout in the southeastern U.S. He is the co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and has been awarded the Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Wilderness Education. An award-winning author, he has more than fifteen books currently in print. He is a resident of Lander, Wyoming.
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Then, as now, fire can hold body and soul together. It can greatly aid a human being in holding on to life and holding off death. Fire can not only cook food, but also, with its heat, reduce the amount of calories a human needs to stay alive. More heat from a fire means less calories required to stay warm. Fire dries out the wet skin, wet fur, wet polypropylene. It can scare away other meat-eating species intent on caloric intake of their own. It can be used to sharpen sticks for weapons, mold metal to make tools, and bake clay into pots. In an emergency today, a fire can be a signal for help. Who can place a value on the psychological comfort provided by fire? Perhaps its smoky warmth increased the life expectancy of early humans in more ways than are easily counted. And a fire can do all these things at once! Fire changed life on earth more than the wheel and The Web. The making of fire was arguably the greatest achievement of humans.
Table of Contents
(1) A Brief History of Fire (2) The Making of Fire (3) All About Wood (4) To Build or Not to Build (5) The Taste of Smoke and Ash (6) Wild Fire (7) The Body Burned
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this seamed like a basic book when i was hoping for some real knowledge. i already knew all that he wrote about. i was disapointed