How To Make Feather Sticks For Starting Fire

This is a quick video with a couple of tips on how to make better feather sticks. For more videos on wilderness survival, survival skills, disaster preparedness …

11 thoughts on “How To Make Feather Sticks For Starting Fire

  1. durty joe says:

    First of I would like to i love your videos brother and this is a great tip to use… and I have a quick question for you that is unrelated to the video but in your opinion what's a good way to secure open food if you are backpack camping? I am worried if I don't secure it properly I will attract animals to my camping area

  2. Reality Survival says:

    +Dave839 For for the late response the new google comments change tubed me again.  TO answer your question Shavings can do awesome! and if you can make good feather sticks I would certainly use shavings.  I think the thing I personally like about feather sticks better is they don't tend to snuff out the tinder.  Because you can lay them up against the brace.  Whereas shavings you can lay down a stick or something to keep them from snuffing it out.  I think it is 6 one way half a dozen another.  The real key is to have plenty of whatever you use and don't let them snuff out the tinder. 

  3. Kommando Radio says:

    Great method. I've seen several similar ways of making feather sticks, and I've used them a time or two. I was wondering what the advantage of using feather sticks is to just using a handful or two of shavings. I seem to get a hotter initial burn with shavings and am curious. Thanks for the great videos by the way, it's always nice to learn something new and to refresh my knowledge.

  4. Reality Survival says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I agree with you that you should conserve energy. However, the number 1 killer of peple in survival situations is exposure & hypothermia. Any energy devoted to preparing a fire is worth the expenditure. I have thought hundreds of students to build fires & have also watched many fail the first time because they didn't do enough preparation. When this happens they end up spending twice the amount of energy. If they did it right the 1st time this wouldn't be a problem.

  5. LokuKina says:

    You did a great job, and I like you idea of using both side. However, in a survival situation you used too much energy sawing the wood from the tree, and again making multiple feather sticks. The key to survival is use the least amount of energy as possible. Never use so much energy unless it is worth the reward. In this case, you only need the one side of the stick to create flame. But again great idea on using both sides, but wouldn't suggest doing multiple for only one flame. Great job still.

  6. Justin George says:

    Never seen feather sticks done like that I'll have to give it a try. I dnt use feather sticks often but when I do, I do the feathers and on the last one I just go all the way down and cut them off. Thanks for sharing

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