Winter Fire-lighting In The North Woods by Paul Kirtley

Over the past few years I have created a number of tutorial articles and videos on fire techniques relevant to the north woods or northern forest in winter.

Here I’d like to pull together all of these threads into one coherent resource, along with some additional material and answers to FAQs.

The main feature is the video above, which you should watch first. Even if you’ve seen this video before on my YouTube channel, this is actually a shiny new “remastered” version of the video.

In this video I discuss and demonstrate fire lighting techniques that are simple, straightforward and reliable in cold conditions.

In particular you’ll see that I cover:

  • two key natural firelighting materials found in the boreal forest;
  • combining natural materials for winter fire lays;
  • key preparations and considerations you need to make for failsafe winter fire lighting.


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