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Dakota Fire Pit: A Great Start to Surviving the Wilderness

It’s a simple technique that’s been around since before the first Americans pioneered into the West – yet it’s taken its name for being resistant against the gusting winds found coursing over the plains.  The Dakota fire pit is an ingenious way to both get a fire started and to keep it burning no matter what gets thrown your way. This video demonstrates the basics of how to construct a Dakota fire pit.  Simply put, dig two holes and connect them at the base.  The first chamber will be where air flows in and fuels your fire while the second is where you can develop those long lasting coals great for staying warm, cooking food, and purifying water.

One Survival Fire Pit That’s Great for Multiple Uses

Fire is an essential survival tool.  While we can’t always anticipate when we’ll need to use it, it’s good to know that even in the blustery cold and blowing wind there’s still a way to construct a fire pit that doesn’t kick off a bunch of smoke.  In a previous article, we discussed constructing a smokeless above ground fire.  It entailed feeding a small, controlled fire with small sticks and twigs – keeping it hot enough to burn up available energy without kicking off smoke.That technique is great for small scale fires needed to fashion tools, cook a quick meal, or simply stay warm.  A Dakota fire pit is what’s necessary when you may need a fire for an indeterminate amount of time.  Easy to set up, the pit structure is perfect for resting pots and pans over top.

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Skills that are necessary to truly set up a Dakota fire pit with only items you find around you:

•    Friction fire using a wooden hand drill and base board
•    Flint based fire starting
•    Wet weather fire-making

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It can even be modified to heat a make-shift shelter or just be protected from the rain with a makeshift flap.  Coals kept inside of it can be stored overnight and used to heat

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