Hello all, I have made a big discovery today. I have been camping with my son in the boyscouts many of times, so I took for granted the skill I thought I new. For instance I have cooked over the camp fire dozens of times but I finally realized that I had never personally made one. I always cooked on one already lit. So I decided to go out into the back yard and cook some beans and rice in my dutch oven. Now the scene is this it has been raining here for the past week. Today was the yesterday was the first non rain day today was cloudy. I used brush, twigs, straw, small limbs that were broken down from the storms. Needless to say everything was wet through and through. I did some splitting of small limbs with my fiskars hatchet and used my magnesium firestarter to get things going. That was the easy part. The fire started easy enough the problem was keeping it going. I ran into the problem of not giving it enough oxygen and then still working with wet to semi wet wood was not a help. Trying to use enough straw twigs and branches to warm up and dry out the bigger stuff so that it could get hot enough to burn was a B...h. Well I finally did made it through the ordeal and needless to say that my beans were undercooked and yet my rice came out perfect. I can't stress the importance for those who think that they can read a manual or because they have seen someone else do it that they can in a survival situation make a fire to stay warm or cook their food. Without practice and know how, it aint happening. Go into the backyard and cook something or build you a camp fire and keep it lit for 4-6 hours. This is just a minimum of pratice that a person will need so do it safely in the backyard before you die from exposure in the back woods.