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How to start a fire in the rain | Survival Training | Tactical Rifleman

How to start a fire in the rain | Survival Training | Tactical Rifleman

all right so we are out here with
Randall “Rawhide” Wurst from worst case scenario survival school out here at
rock castle shooting center and Randy I go over you go out on the internet
there’s a thousand videos on how to rub two sticks together and start a fire and
people bash this kind of fire starter this kinds better oh I’ve got to buy
this you just preach three always have three types yeah and one thing I gained
from you that you just don’t see anywhere else is how important just
having a simple candle with you is Randy: absolutely
Karl: take me through first let’s talk about your candle and then take me through
building a fire Randy: okay I’m going to use this method here because a fire needs
three things needs oxygen fuel and then it needs Heat we’re going to supply all
that but how I make sure you get the proper proportions that’s how I build my
fire so, the devil’s in the details
now what I need to do is we’re going to start it with this small little candle
now I have to protect the wick right yeah but I have to make sure that’s why
I cut the shim that when I put this in and i layer my wood across the initial
part that the flame is going to touch the bottom of the wood so I make a
shim so that I can put it in and pull it out and I check the height of it Karl: and we
made this just from splitting it with your knife and a stick Randy: yeah
everything is done by the tools that I have so the other thing is the people
don’t do is take the time to get the proper size material to start the fire
with so what we need is very small you can see the size of this you need these
small twigs to go across here because we’ve got a surprise for everybody
because anybody can light a fire when it’s dry that the technique is lighting
it when it’s wet Karl: while he’s building this every spring
they find bodies up north where hunters have gone out or hikers and that they
end up dying and in the winter when the snow melts that they find them huddled
around matches bic lighters and big piles of firewood and you can have
all the most expensive little fire starting tools but if you don’t have the
knowledge to use it there’s just no way you can learn as you
go in a really terrible situation my time you get hypothermic and you make
the decision oh I’m lost I need to start looking for shelter and Fire by then
it’s too late to be trying to teach yourself how to use the sexy kit you
bought at the mall right so it’s not just going off of hey this guy
recommends I have to have this fine if you want to spend your money on that
fine spend the same amount of time and money learning how to use it Randy: all right
so I’m prepped for it Karl: all right and all we’re going to do is you’re going to
light it with the lighter that you made out of old mint can and some some of
your wife’s old candles. I know Randy, well the wind is bad here it’s a little
chilly outside um I don’t know how you’re getting by without a heavy jacket
things are a little bit moist but how about if we had like the worst-case
scenario how about if it was like a total downpour water right now would
this still work? Randy: yeah I’m going to put it to the test if you don’t mind Randy: you can
even pour it on my candle because that’s the advantage of my candle it doesn’t
matter all right so define total downpour Randy: pour
it all in there Karl: all of it? Randy: yeah it won’t make any difference Karl: we soak this stuff
in real good oh no I’m out in the woods and it’s
raining boo-hoo-hoo I’m feeling sorry for myself I can’t find my pickup truck
boo hoo hoo I’m just gonna suck my thumb alright. Randy:
we do have to protect our flame no matter what we’re using so I’m just
letting some of the water drip off but if it were actually raining hard
everything’s going to be wet simple thing is to take my hat off and put over
the top and now if I had a rain jacket I could put over so I’m just going to let
some of the water run off okay what is an important part on this not only to
have to protect my flame but it has to be once he puts it in there Karl: I’m just
sliding it in there underneath Randy: the flame has to touch those
little small pieces of wood that I initially start in it so he’s got to
watch that and keep it from hitting going out Karl: yeah that looks right you want
check it? Randy: well i trust you man. okay the flame’s going Karl: that water’s still just
it is it’s dripping this is this is wet stuff here and to keep more rain off of
it I literally could just lean over top of her like it said put my hat on Randy: yep
yeah I put yeah there we go I’ve put my hat on one side because the
wind’s coming in I can see it moving the candle doesn’t matter what method you
have you have to protect that flame and that’s crucial I don’t care what method
you use so if you’re not protecting it Karl: you’re more of a log-cabin guy I’m
more of a teepee guy Randy: yeah it’s just a different technique I’m I’m not going to
criticize any of the other ones I use what works for me Karl: If you catch my hat on fire
my wife’s not going to be happy Randy: yeah we’ll hopefully we get that up off there before they’re still so going you put a lot of water on that sucker’s
pretty well wet but she’s working on it pretty soon she’ll start smoking more Karl: you can
see how damp the soil is we have two days of solid rain but two days ago
so I mean the ground is it’s solid mud already a lot of this road really was
wet and has been soaking for two days Randy: yeah it’ll work it’s just your
preheating preheating preheating drying the wood out that’s what first has to
happen as soon as it gets to a point where it’s dried out enough it will
burst into flame because we have a constant heat to my candles still
burning there’s there’s not now we have to be careful we’re not getting a
blown-out Karl: you sure you don’t want me to sprinkle like some gunpowder and stuff No. ..little lighter fluid litter bit of oil, some of your oil? No, that’s what the we can laugh but that’s
what it’s for I mean if I need to get the fire going there’s no
cheating in survival okay Karl: we’re getting smoke already Randy: I’ll use what I
got to do to get the fire going Karl: Randy you have got a fire lit Randy: I have not had
this filming and I’m from Wyoming well we had sub-zero temperatures in the wind If you don’t believe me Karl you can ask my horse Bucky because he’s
been there there we go we’re up to the third layer
as soon as that catches a little bit more I’ll have you pull the candle up
but I need that third layer to go and then I know I got it I have to keep the
constant heat on there and we have the accessible fire going the only reason
I’m pulling the candle out now I’m keeping a continuous heat there are five
layers on this once it gets to my third layer I’m going to have Carl pull the
candle out and we’ll blow it out the wick has to continually dry the wood out so that it
can be ignited the other key factor is its constant heat and that I gave it to
proper size fuel and I gave it the proper size oxygen that’s why I use the
Lincoln Log method there you go completely soaked wood wouldn’t be any
different if it were raining cats and dogs on us and what you just poured on it
I have not had this method fail Karl: Alright that’s fire building with a homemade
candle with Randel “Rawhide” Wurst out here at worst-case scenario you’re
interested in picking more bits of priceless information out of this man’s
melon learning all the great skills that he has to offer you can reach out to him
either through me personally or if you go to the Rockcastle shooting center web
site you can they’ll get messages out to Randy and you can get out here and
partake in one of his worst case scenario survival courses

100 thoughts on “How to start a fire in the rain | Survival Training | Tactical Rifleman”

  1. karl,
    by god i stand by last post. this is the best frickin channel on youtube, or anywhere. thanks for more great info brother. stay safe,
    Brad. the dude by ft polk

  2. Sure you could use a candle and take 30min or you could teach people how to use a birds nest (not literal nest) and have it in 2min. The problem here is that twigs are the second step, the first should be tender.

  3. Another good source for kindling when everything on the ground is wet and your not soaked to the bone, is your underwear. It works.

  4. Lets say you don't have a candle. What iv'e learned is to scrape the wet layers off of the wood with your knife until you get to the dry layer. This will help get the fire started and then you can add wet logs later once you get a good layer of coals. Depending on how much it has rained that day i have found this method to work really well. All in all love the channel TR! Keep it up!

  5. Great work guys, it’s an HONOR to watch and learn from you guys. This one will save someone’s life, I learned something today!!!

  6. One of the things that works for me is to use newspaper soaked in gas. I roll it and tie with a wick string. Then I dip it in hot paraffin. When it dries it becomes a waterproof candle. I carry them in a tea tin box with matches and metal flint starter. Dryer lint also works in the place of newspapers.

  7. Great channel TR.  When talking about lighting a fire in the rain you could discuss being picky about where you are sourcing your tinder, kindling and fuel.   Search for it under rock crevices and hollowed out trees where it is naturally dry(er).   Many trees in North America have very flammable sap, and you can even make a candle from scratch in the field from pine or fir (or other) sap.  Also if you anticipate having to light a fire in wet conditions that evening source your tinder early in the day and keep it in your pack or on your person where your body heat can force out the moisture.  Probably the best trick to using wet fuel is the "feather stick" (check it out) or even just cutting away the wet bark/outer layers of the wood and only using the inner, dry core.  Similar to the candle idea, but even more compact and hardy, is rubber.  Take an old bike inner tube and cut it up into strips and keep a few strips in your survival kit, a strip of rubber will burn similar to a candle.  If you have done the above preparation, it will provide sufficient flame and heat to start a fire in wet conditions. Successfully lighting a fire in any conditions is a balance between the preparation and your management of it once you light it.  I see people all the time do reasonable preparation, light the fire and just sit back and watch it die.  You gotta make sure the flame is on the fuel.  Blowing on a fire can be so effective, it increases the airflow and oxygen, enabling the fire to burn hotter.  If your fire is struggling, blow on it and watch it turn into a furnace.  Just don't breath in the smoke. Blowing on a struggling fire for too long will have a hyperventilating effect and can make you light headed. Cheers.

  8. I live between Ft Lewis and the Hoh rainforest. "In the rain" doesn't cover it. You can pick up a branch here in march and wring it out like a sponge. All soft wood that gets totally saturated after months of rain. It is a bearcat starting a fire.

  9. That is a really important skill.  EDIT:  People may get away with not starting one, in dry conditions but in a survival situation that is really important.  They may take food along with them.  But in certain conditions one may need to do that.

  10. Karl, you guys are so fuckin awesome…ive watched this vid like ten times just to stay refreshed and i will be trying this soon. When i do im gonna try to video it for you guys to pass the SF test! Thanks again man.
    Your humble student near ft polk!

  11. Just tried this in the back yard. With a little bit of patience, it worked a treat. Top tip. ATB from a soggy England.

  12. Great technique. Just subscribed to this channel. Check out my channel and subscribe. Let me know what you think.

  13. "boo whooo whooo i am feeling sorry for myself" lmaoo geezus that brought me right back to Benning with a huge DS yelling at us saying shit like that 😂

  14. Hey Carl. First and foremost…THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE 🇺🇸 AND THE SAFETY AND SECURITY YOU HAVE PROVIDED US HERE AT HOME. Just happened upon your channel cause it was recommended by you tube based on my preferences and I was hooked immediately. All your videos are awesome and informative. Keep up the great work.

  15. Is the candle unique in any way other than in a small mint can? Special wax or special wick?

  16. You can't teach how to start a fire in the rain without actually starting a fire in the rain. It's a completely different scenario.

  17. I will, now, add TWO candles to my kit.
    And some oil. And a lighter.
    There's no 'cheating', when it comes to SURVIVAL.
    excellent. Thank you.

  18. That was great. Obviously you would need some wood chopping/cutting tool to make this go quickly in a survival situation.

  19. I’m enjoying the vids after discovering the channel a couple days ago. And you remind me of the Soprano cousin that went into the military instead of the family “business”.

  20. Great info ,love this channel ! I carry a small sterno fuel can use ,seal off , use again . Cool ,wet no problem .

  21. Would a real rain scenario allow for the wood to dry out. Using the water bottle seemed to only simulate a springle shower.

  22. So you have to have a lighter and candle. But didn't you say people were found with bic lighters that froze to death? Was that because they didn't know how to get a fire going like this? Or did the bic lighter give out? If it gave out, which I've seen alot go out when it's cold, how would you light the candle?

  23. This is one heck of a high quality content, and this channel is just so freaking good, love the details and the explanations, keep up man!

  24. What type of candle is best, decent size but not to big? I've heard of people carrying t-lights but they aren't that good. Thanks

  25. Hey Karl,
    I keep a pack of Orion Fire pit flares in my day pack .
    You can light them in wet conditions and they burn hotter than a candle .
    Their burn times about 5 minutes so that in itself is awesome.
    May I suggest also, that in a rainy environment many tree caopies are better than exposed ground,and that Boulder face behind you is a great heat reflector as long as the fire is not too hot. Wet rock and high heat don't mix well.
    Also, when I'm out in weather that is damp with chance of rain. I dress in layers and wool.
    Wool can keep your core temp warmer even when wet.
    Great video.
    Remember one thing about hunting or hiking alone. Prepare for the Apocalypse .That includes letting someone know where,how long,and when you should be back at the latest.
    Great video.

  26. My Dad ex Air Force, taught me the “log cabin” and “teepee” methods of building a fire when I was a kid. Love you Chief Master Sargent JTC

  27. Thank you guys. It's what I tell my girls all the time knowledge is king. You can have the best equipment but if you don't know what to do with it it is just dead weight. A great channel.

  28. The bottle of water is a good test but if it is really pouring for a long time the wood will be even soaking up some water and it will be even more difficult.

  29. I'm going to have to try this both "log cabin" & "teepee" style, I'm used to the latter because that's all they taught in the boy scouts.

    Just like dry firing or live range, you need to practice whatever skill necessary to your survival in adverse situation regularly.
    Hell, go to the corner of the backyard & practice gathering wood in different conditions….regardless of how you feel.
    Actually the worse the better, because with scenario you're gonna feel pretty shitty physically.

  30. I'm not in to cast away in the forrest but thanks anyway Karl. I also won't suck my thumb and cry like a child. 👍👍👍

  31. great technique .Thx,,,,. i'll l be teaching the grand kids this trick. another use for the candles in my kits.

  32. Very impressive ! Kindly inform Randy that I am interested in taking a survival course. Thank you very much

  33. Just carry some fat wood…. You can purchase a 40 pound box from L.L.Bean. You can start fat wood dipped in water with a match.

  34. I just strike one paper match out of a free book of paper matches and then i set the entire book of matches on fire and drop that ball of sulfur into the fire bundle and i find that will do the job in most cases with no fuss and no muss…

  35. One thing we carry in Alaska are some small, rolled up bits of roofing tar-paper. It dries the wood and lights it.

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