If you're ever stuck with the dilemma
of lighting a fire
in damp environment, remembering my trusty formula may just save you. I'd volunteer
ed for Scouts Canada
as a Cub leader when I was in my teens and learned this trick during a very damp summer
. Aerosol cans
of insect repellent
work best (and are probably the most handy) as DEET
is highly flammable
, however hairspray
are okay to use as well.
1. Arrange your wood and newspaper
as you would if you were to light a fire
under normal cirucmstances
. Matches do not offer a constant flame
and are not reccomended.
3. Depress the can's trigger and dispense
its contents in the direction of the wood
4. Move your hand with the lit lighter into the path of the aerosol can's spray and allow miracle
s of chemistry
to take hold. You should now be weilding a torch
5. Ensure that your new torch
is aimed at the wet wood, concentrating on the leaves/sticks/newspaper, although be sure to apply flamage to your large logs once the tinder
has been lit.
6. Repeat as necessary
and with a little perserverence, you too will have yourself a roaring campfire to the complete dismay of everyone around you.
Please note that aerosols are highly flammable
and this should not be tried unless you are a confident