MWJ – Survival Series #4 Primitive Fire

MWJ Wilderness Survival Series MWJ Survival Series has begun.  I started things by discussing my chosen day pack and the contents within.  We then ventured on to what I feel is the most important skill in the outdoors for survival and that is being able to start a fire and the various methods to use.  We continue this week with a primitive fire starting method referred to as a bow and drill.

If you are just starting our with my series you can back track by going to MWJ Survival Series and scrolling down for the previous posts and videos.

The bow and drill is not one of the easiest means of starting a fire, but it is a great skill to know in the event you are stranded without your gear.  Learning to use things around you for survival is what we will be focusing on.

Without fire – you are unable to stay warm, dry and are missing a key component to sterilizing water which is an absolute necessity for your survival.

Be sure to take great caution in lighting fires dependent on your location and weather.   Also be sure if you are watching these videos with your children that you cover the necessary safety and cautions with fire.  Fire is not a toy and is something that should be taken very seriously.

Below you will find my YouTube video to go along with the MWJ Survival Series #4 – Primitive fire.  Please watch and educate yourself. There will be more education on fire starting next week as we venture back into the woods where I will show you some fantastic sources for fire tinder and Lord willing I will be showing you my Mountain Man’s new survival tool!!  WOOOHOOOO

This series has also become a part of my radio show every Wednesday on the Survival Mom Radio Network. I will discuss the topic on the show and then back it up with a post and a video to walk you through whatever skill I am discussing each week.

After you watch the below video – do not go out and buy anything. We will discuss the contents further and from there you can determine what may work best for you. The only thing I would suggest is if you are interested in the pack that I carry – that would be a sure fire purchase in getting you started. I will provide a link to Jaret Owen’s site for his pack and some additional stores that I would recommend here online… Great prices, quality and customer service.

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Tammy Trayer is an author, freelance writer, blogger at and a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live traditionally off-grid and have a passion to help educate others by sharing their experiences of living off the land, dealing with autism, gluten free and dairy free cooking, self-reliance, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, and much more. Follow Tammy's radio show on iTunes and her website. Keep up with Tammy's informative articles and videos by subscribing to: and She and her family have also created where they will be teaching their homesteading, off-grid, traditional and wilderness survival skills to like-minded people just like you.

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