Making a Natural Heat Reflector

As you start your venture...

As you start your venture into the survival world, you begin to learn new skills. You build a routine with how you unload and build a shelter and you become familiar with tasks like giving first aid and mastering your shelter building skills. However, one of the most important skills to master is building a campfire.

So why is a fire so important for survival? Heat from a fire keeps you warm. Remember not all environments are the same. Some areas can be punishingly hot during the day and frigid at night. Building a campfire can save you from hypothermia, and a long cold night. The skill to make a fire in virtually any condition is vital to the outdoorsman.

For that reason, having a natural heat reflector can ensure you have a great night sleep. The concept of a heat reflector is surprisingly simple, fire on one side and a wall on the other. To build a heat reflector, do the following. 

 

Place 2 pairs of long stakes parallel to each other on the ground about 2.5-3 feet apart. Remember to make this next to your shelter but far away that it will not cause a fire. Next, find branches or logs that are long enough and sturdy that they can be stacked on top of one another. When packing them down, you can use mud to make sure it is nice and sturdy. Another positive from just keeping you warm is that the reflector will actually guide the smoke upwards away from you. Further, having a boulder or a tree at your back can act as another reflector that will provide more heat.

backcountry, bushcraft, camping, fire, keeping warm

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