Make a Fireplace for an Outdoor Shelter | Survival Skills

Make a Fireplace for an Outdoor Shelter | Survival Skills

In order to make my fireplace, what I’m going
to do is scrape away a lot of the leaves that are right here. Again, very, very wet, but once I get a fire
going, it’ll dry all this out, really dry, and potentially light it. So we don’t want that to happen. We’re going to put a pretty good hearth down
here. If we were to build a round fire, like your
typical s’more-roasting Boy Scout fire, it’d be great for people to sit around it, but
if you were laying next to it, it would warm one spot. The way this is, we have a nice, long fire,
right? We have this reflector in the background. The fire’s going to warm me from head to toe,
reflect back off the wall. Behind us, we have all this. I’ve actually spent the night out with clothes
like I’m wearing right now and a coat on a frozen river in about minus 30 degrees. And the way I did it was to built a system
just exactly like what we’re doing right now. At minus 30, I could spend the night out with
just the clothes I have on. I didn’t even have a rock reflector. I had to make a wooden reflector. With a long trench fire and a bed likes this
covered with spruce, you could stay out minus 20, minus 30 degrees, and be fine all night. So that’s kind of what we’re building here,
even though it’s not going to be that cold tonight. We’re going to make a nice, long hearth for
our fire. So what we’ve got here is a beautiful hearth. Were’s going to use it in one way tonight
because it’s getting late. These rocks are going to serve two purposes. They’re going to stop the fire from burning
down to the duff, and they’re also going to hold the heat. Say the fire dies during the middle of the
night, you’re going to have all this rock heated up, and it’s going to hold that heat
and keep you warm. Had we started this project in the morning,
I would have built the fire on top of these rocks, let the rocks totally bake, and then
put my bed on top of the rocks, so I’d have a heated rock pile to sleep on, which keeps
you extra, extra warm at night. We really don’t have enough time to heat all
the rocks, because it is getting dark, so we’re going to put our fire on top of the
rocks tomorrow night. If we want to keep our fire going all day,
we can heat these rocks till they’re so warm that we won’t need a fire to sleep. So they have a double benefit. Really nice to have hot rocks. On a cold, cold night, if you have a sleeping
bag, you can take rocks from your fire, heat them up, wrap them in a shirt, stick them
in the bottom of your sleeping bag, and your feet will be toasty all night. It’s really nice to have a nice pile of hot

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  1. then go to the old 1 that makes me feal better when i miss the old versions like minecraft i play the demo so i wont miss the old version 😀

  2. Hey, google Trankors Survival Secret for an interesting revelation about making it through in the modern world. It's never enough to become unbreakable when things start falling apart!

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