Learning how to make the Dakota fire hole can be both fun and exciting do it yourself project and in SHTF / emergency situation it’s an essential survival skill every prepper should be able to do.This intriguing trick can be quite handy when on a retreat into the wild or even more so in a post-apocalyptic world where survival is crucial.
Let’s dig in deep, here’s SurvivalBarracks.com‘s guide to making a Dakota Fire Hole! On a more serious note, the Dakota fire pit does have some notable benefits when compared to a traditional wood open pit or pile fire – and that’s why you should know it’s benefits.
Benefits of a Dakota fire hole are as described below:
- The Dakota fire hole requires far less firewood that the more common campfire.
- The flame produced by the fire is hotter and more centralized which means that food cooks faster and water boils sooner
- The fire from a Dakota fire hole produces far less smoke that a traditional camp fire
- A Dakota fire hole is ideal when one desires to remain inconspicuous especially at night. This is because the fire burns below ground and is therefore not visible.
- It is possible to use fairly green branches to support cooking utensils or for roasting meat. This is because the heat coming from below is concentrated at the centre of the hole and therefore does not burn the sticks.
- The fire is easily manageable in windy conditions compared to an open pit or campfire because the fire is located below ground.
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Instructions How to make a Dakota Fire Hole
Below is a description of the steps that anyone can use to make a Dakota fire hole.
1. Dig the main fire hole
Making a Dakota fire hole is not just a matter of digging two holes that lie next to each other. In the Dakota fire hole, one of the holes is perfectly perpendicular to the ground. This is the main hole from which the flame will emerge. This is the hole in which the firewood is placed and lit. In a small setup, the main hole usually has a diameter of at least 6 to 10 inches across. This first hole is dug to a depth of between 8 to 12 inches downwards.
2. Digging the secondary air hole
The second smaller hole is the air hole which allows the passage of air to the wood flame. This smaller hole is narrower with a diameter of between 3 and 5 inches across. The air hole is dug at an angle and it eventually connects to the base of the main fire hole. The air hole is never dug at a distance greater than 1 foot from the main fire hole. The small distance ensures that air travels rapidly to the burning flame which guarantees efficient burning of the wood.
3. Starting the fire
Small sticks are placed at the bottom of the main fire hole together with some easily combustible material such as straw or paper. The fire is started by lighting this easy burning material. Once a small fire starts going at the bottom larger pieces of dry firewood are added from the main hole, one at a time. This gives enough time for the pieces to start burning. Note the firewood should not be more that the 5 inches long in order to ensure the fire remains below the surface.
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