The Complete Book of Fire: Building Campfires For Warmth, Light, Cooking, And Survival Paperback – 10 Aug 2005
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With a focus on safety and the integrity of the outdoors, this book initiates the novice and informs the experienced. Integrating the history, ecology and science of fire with practical aspects of campfires, such as cooking and comfort, the author and outdoor expert, Buck Tilton, has created the ultimate guide to properly building, enjoying and extinguishing campfires.
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To build a fire, feel heat, smell smoke, hear snaps and groans, watch flames dance, and gaze into glowing coals is the ultimate outdoor comfort. A campfire gives warmth, sheds light, dries clothes, calms fears, and draws a day in the outdoors to a pleasant close.
But when a campfire becomes a matter of life or death, there is no room for error. The Complete Book of Fire: Building Campfires for Warmth, Light, Cooking, and Survival provides the knowledge and confidence you need to stay alive.
With a focus on safety and the integrity of the outdoors, The Complete Book of Fire initiates the novice and informs the experienced. Integrating the history, ecology, and science of fire with practical aspects of campfires such as cooking and comfort, author and outdoor expert Buck Tilton has created the ultimate guide to properly building, enjoying, and extinguishing campfires.
From cooking a hot meal to providing life-giving warmth, The Complete Book of Fire: Building Campfires for Warmth, Light, Cooking, and Survival covers it all.
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In summary: A little too generalised, but worth a read for anyone interested in fire.
From history, chemistry, making of fire, different kinds of wood to survival and burns.
A very complete book. The documentation is rudimentary but to the point.
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The chapter about building a fire (26 pages) is pretty well done. A lot of it is common-sense, but there are a few ideas and illustrations to deepen ones understanding of how to make the fire you intend.
Aside from that chapter and the -- in my opinion -- worthless 16 page chapter about cooking over fire, every other chapter is 10 pages or less. This is COUNTING each chapter's header page which consists of the title and a quote relating to the concept. Add in illustrations and the not-particularly-small print size and you blow through 4 chapters before you realize you've learned nothing you didn't already know.
I do find it enlightening to see the ethics of fire covered in this book, but it felt overly repetitious and preachy by the time you get half-way through with the book. Rest assured -- you still get preached to all the way till the end.
If you are interested in fire enough to want to read a book about it, you probably know 90% of what is in this book. I don't want to belabor the negatives, but know this: I have never felt the need to review a book until this one.
If you're looking for a detailed book to teach you how to make fire or build and maintain campfires, I'd keep looking. In fact, YouTube has some excellent videos on making fire (bow drills, etc.).
All that said, I do respect the author for spelling out his views on responsible fire management. He clearly has a lot of experience with seeing the bad side of campfires.