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Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men.

Operating from Troops that are chartered through churches in 48 states, the K-12 program centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers.

Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.

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Tips from the Trail: Fuel for a Fire
5/25/2017 11:15:00 AM BY Kent Marks, Volunteer

When you’re ready to build a campfire, you’ll want three types of fuel that you can find in the forest: Tinder, Kindling, and Fuelwood. Make sure to collect your fuel before you begin building your fire or you run the risk of the fire burning out while you’re looking for more fuel. For tinder and kindling, you should look for low tree branches and shrubs or broken branches on the ground with dead twigs that snap off easily. If the wood bends without snapping, it’s too moist to burn.

Tinder is about the size of a pencil lead, so it catches fire easily but burns quickly. You’ll want about two handfuls of tinder. It’s best found on low or dead branches – it should crack when broken.

Because tinder burns so quickly, once you get a flame going, you’ll want to add something with a bit more substance to keep the fire burning. However, you can’t just start throwing logs on it or you’ll smother your flame. This is where kindling comes in! Kindling is about the size of a pencil and will help build your fire large enough to handle the fuelwood. Gather about four handfuls or more of kindling to build your fire.

Finally, for a solid campfire, you’ll need to add your fuel. Fuelwood should be about the size of your thumb for a shorter-burning fire or up to the size of your wrist for a longer-burning fire. Anything larger in size is unnecessary. In a pinch, your fuelwood can be a bit damp. While it’s still not ideal, the fire will be able to dry it out.


In this video, you’ll get a first-hand look at these three different types of fuel for your campfire.




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