Farming a Friendly Fire

A skill that I am happy to have, is knowing how to build a fire. Although, simply pouring gasoline over a pile of sticks and tossing a match on top of it gets the job done, it is not the same as being responsible for the creation of a well-made fire.

Ideally a fire should not require large amounts of petroleum products in order to stay alive, tending to it by using more natural substances such as dried wood and pine needles makes for a better fire.

Just like many things in life, starting small is usually the best way to start a fire. By nurturing a little flame to catch on to kindling, leaves or other small dry things, the flame can then grow and light the larger pieces of wood that surround it, until the blaze bursts forthwith a life of it’s own.

Fire is like a wild animal, in the sense that it needs air to breathe and it can be unpredictable. A good way to make sure it is getting enough air to burn, but not so much that it blows out, is to have some spaces in-between the burning logs that are large enough to allow the flames to access oxygen, but not so big that they are blown out.

The logs in a fire can shift frequently as they burn and break apart. To keep the fire going, it is important to know when a fire can be left alone, to burn by itself and when adjustments need to be made to keep it from going out.

Putting out a fire is just as important as making sure it burns well. If it is not extinguished correctly, then it could prove to be hazardous to the surrounding area, setting it on fire and causing widespread destruction.


4 responses to “Farming a Friendly Fire

  1. From now on when I see a campfire I’ll think of a wild animal–or maybe also a domesticated one. Your analogy is fascinating. And sure enough, as I type this, my big dog is napping at my feet, kind of like a dormant fire warming everything nearby, ruffling the air with his soft snores 🙂

  2. I really like how you added that last paragraph in there. After going through the whole Waldo Canyon Fire ordeal (which was human-caused), it is comforting to know that some people out there are also concerned with the possible devastation!

  3. Based on my post about Farming a Friendly Fire, it seems that I like to learn things by doing them. By trying something (building a fire) myself, I could probably learn more about it than by simply hearing, reading or watching someone else do it. Being able to accomplish something through my own efforts is important and rewarding, because it exhibits both aptitude and determination to accomplish something without taking a shortcut. I’m not saying that it is better to reinvent the wheel every time a wheel is needed, but standing on the shoulders of giants does not make you taller than a giant.
    I learn well in situations where people have a driving passion for the subject and an openness for what can be learned. I also enjoy hands on learning, where learning and doing go hand-in-hand and can work off of each other to achieve an even broader learning experience. The motivation that I have for learning comes from a desire for a greater understanding in general. The Realization that there is so much knowledge in the world and that there are even more things yet to be discovered is a humbling concept. Learning should not only be done while in school, learning should be lifelong.

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