Tips on How to Make a Smokeless Fire

We’ve all heard the saying, “where there is smoke – there’s fire.” However, what would happen if there was a way to make a reliable fire without giving away your position? Hunters and wilderness experts agree – fire is an essential tool to survival out in the woods. And in this video, we show you how to go about making your very own stealth campfire. The whole technique of a smokeless fire found great purchase with those who could potentially find themselves in Escape and Evasion situations.

Escape and Evasion, or E&E as its referred to in Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) school, is an essential toolbox of skills that have to be honed in order to put them into practice. They include such things as trapping, foraging, covering up tracks, and building smokeless fires. Because fire provides the basics for heat, purifying water, cooking food, and even psychological well-being, it’s all the more important to learn how to build a fire without giving away one’s position.


The Trick of Smokeless Fire is in Small, Gradual Steps

Small pieces of light, dry wood no thicker than one’s pinky is about as much as a smokeless fire can handle before it starts to kick off smoke. Smoke means inefficiency. The burning of the wood isn’t going to completion and the excess is emitted as smoke. To cut down on this, one has to develop an intimate relationship with the fire to ensure it is not fed too quickly or slowly. Too fast – smoke. Too slow? The fire dies.In the initial phase of constructing a smokeless fire pit, smoke is inevitable. But ideally, this smoke fades away as light reed-like sticks and twigs are continually fed. Use the hottest part of the fire to burn the newest material. With enough energy (thermal or otherwise) anything will catch on fire. The trick to a smokeless fire is to deliver the most infrared energy to the entirety of a very thin piece of wood.Situations where this technique is especially useful is for heating water to a boil. A smokeless fire produces a hot core of burned detritus perfect for delivering heat to a metal or glass container.

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Evasion and Escape techniques are often taught to members of the military and government as a means to keep their priorities in check in a hostile situation. However, these techni