How to Make a Fire with Wet Firewood
You may just be on a weekend camping trip and it starts pouring down rain—or you may be stuck in a cabin in the mountains with no power during a storm, either way, you’ll probably need fire for something.
This past weekend, during a storm, the power in my cabin went out. It was cold, pitch black and I had used up all of my dry firewood—oh, did I mention I was hungry too? I needed fire and I needed to build this fire with the only thing I had access to, wet firewood. Below is what I did to get my fire going.
How to Build a Fire with Wet Firewood
- Collect twigs and break them into roughly 4 inch segments.
- Stack the twigs as if you are building a log cabin.
- Fill the center of the twigs with dry tinder. I happened to have cotton in my bug out bag, but sometimes you can find dry pine straw under a bed of wet pine straw—this just goes to show you the importance of having a bug out bag.
- Light the tinder.
- As the tinder burns, it will dry out the twigs and eventually catch them on fire.
- Slowly add more firewood that you have already collected before you even begin.
In the video below you can see a variation of how I made my fire with wet firewood.