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    Its a good technique to know and practice. I had to make one with split wood last year at camp ground we stayed at. The place sold everyone soaking wet wood. I spent a good amount of time making my prep as it was our intended way to cook. I had so many people walk by while i was doing it say things like Hey Daniel Boone and stuff like that. Well all those people were walking up to the office to complain that they couldnt get it to burn. I remember one guy walking back as my fire was roaring asking me how I got it. He said "Your full of it. I drenched my wood with fluid and it still wouldnt light." He thought it was green LOL

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    Its also used as a way to thin out the herd as far as the new aspiring SERE Lads,If you can keep it together with someone screaming at you throwing your unscoured pot,Frequent visits from the little green/Black rain cloud,getting your prep kicked all over the place and stomped out and a whole bunch of other simulated acts of Nature and Cadre assisting you on sharpening your bolt knife at a 90 degree on a rock just when they are gonna make feathers lol.
    They don't make quitters they are making Specialist and Specialist better be able to get a Fire up His or Her life may depend on it but most of all the Lives of their Students.
    Mr. Davenport has several re writes of the 64-4 and does many great things his "heartwood" rendition I can almost guarantee is the "Splitwood" technique which he I'm sure is very familiar with from his in the great Pacific North West Training

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    So I leave ya'll alone with a thread for a day...
    It's funny I did not see this once in scouts. Go figure. I'm just happy I learned the skill.
    and yeah... I use it as an excuse to spend extra quality time with the sharp things.

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    Obviously this is organization-specific but the first place I heard of a one-stick fire was some article or post online about an SAR group that had a field skills test and a one stick fire was part of the "final exam" for it. The place I read this didn't offer details on the technique so after that I started searching for more info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iz View Post
    That took like 112 minutes to type. You guys should be honored.

    I needed a good laugh today, and that made me loose it lol, thanks!

    Thanks Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerJohn View Post
    O ok so its basically making kindling for a fire. I was under the impression it was a type of fire starting or build
    It is a type of fire starting used when you have limited tinder or when your wood is wet. Try it and see if you can do it with wet wood or a piece of wrist sized wood and you'll be suprised at the effectivness.

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    As usual I come in on a discussion late but here's my 2 cents.

    Split wood was something I always did with an axe when all I had was a big chunk of wood. Tear it apart and burn it . In all my years spent in the woods I never thought about doing it with my knife let alone battoning anything.

    Now I do it all the time. I actually prefer a split-wood fire. I works and there's no messing around.
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    This last weekend was the first time I've used anything but the one-stick fire in over a year-that's just because there were many thick beautiful pinecones laying around that got the logs burning with no more than a PJCB and a match. It's so failsafe you know it's going to work. If it's going to work and it's easy to make, why use anything else? And J is correct, the method is straight out of the Air Force SERE manual. In spring, with everything being wet, it's especially nice to get a nice fire roaring in 15 minutes when your buddies are all still dealing with a curtain of smoke and the snap-crackle of water being baked out with a struggling coalbase.

    Terry may not have developed it, but his youtube how-tos lay it out so well he deserves credit for presenting it to the masses.

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    I live in the Pacific NW, and this is hands down the best most "sure fire" way Ive found to make a fire in any conditions I may encounter up here. The only reason I know about it was seeing the videos on here and on youtube, and I did it for the first time uccessfully not too long ago (and posted an excited thank you in general discussion). Nowadays I do it in the backyard on my days off for practice, knife tsting and something just fun to do when Im not working. Way better than turning on the TV, ya know?

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    A very valuable thing to have in your skill set. Everyone should practice this. Thanks for making the video.

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