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.