Live Fire Gear’s Ring O Fire is now available in 13 colors! The Ring O Fire includes 25 feet of 550 FireCord, 1 Live Fire Original Emergency Fire Starter and 1 Ferrocerium Rod & Striker. We have also completely redesigned our packaging. When we launched the Ring O Fire we only offered 5 colors, but due to popular demand we decided to expand our selection to include all 13 of our FireCord colors. You can pick up yours today for just $24.99.
Our Live Fire Original has burn times which average 30 minutes with the lid completely removed, and much longer when the lid is used. Just get your kindling going and slide the lid closed. The Live Fire Original is waterproof and can be lighted again and again.
Our 550 FireCord is More Than Just Paracord! FireCord is 550 Paracord with an 8th inner strand (color-coded and waterproof) to be used as fire tinder. When you need the fire tinder strand (formulated with Live Fire Gear’s properties) light the fire tinder and build the fire. 550 Outer shell can still be utilized for Survival Kits, Zipper Pulls, Handles, Keychains, Bracelets, Necklaces, Lanyards, Boot Laces, & Outdoor Lashings.
The Ferrocerium Rod and Striker ensures you will always have the spark you need to get your fire started.
Ring O Fire is available in ACU Digital, Black, Coyote Brown, Desert Camo, Foliage Green, MultiCam, Olive Drab, Red, Royal Blue, Safety Green, Safety Orange, Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line. Pick yours up today at LiveFireGear.com.
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Live Fire Gear is excited to announce we filmed a new commercial with EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder. You may know EJ from the Discovery Channel series “Naked and Afraid” and “Dual Survival“. EJ is an Extreme Survivalist, Adventurer and Retired Army Combat Vet. He is an expert in leadership, tracking, trapping, building shelter, primitive weapons, navigation, security, self-reliance and self-defense. Live Fire Gear was excited when EJ agreed to endorse our product. The commercial is in production now and should be ready for TV soon! This wasn’t a studio commercial. EJ was in a Florida swamp, built an amazing shelter and trekked through the woods for the commercial. He is a true survival expert.
The commercial was filmed by As Seen On TV Pro, which is owned by Kevin Harrington. You may remember Kevin as one of the original panel members and investors (“Sharks”) on the ABC TV series Shark Tank from its inception in 2009. Live Fire Gear can’t say enough how impressed we were with the crew. In total they had close to 20 people working on the set! Check out the Live Fire Gear Facebook page to see more shots and a Facebook Live we shot while on set.
The commercial featured the entire Live Fire Gear product line. Our Live Fire Original, Live Fire Sport, Live Fire Survival Kit, 550 FireCord and Ring O Fire were all used by EJ. This isn’t going to be a boring how-to commercial. This commercial was shot to show EJ stranded in the wilderness, in need of one of the survival essentials – FIRE! Anyone who has used our products knows how great they are. We want to share these amazing products with more outdoor and survival enthusiasts. We can’t thank our loyal customers enough! For those of you who have been with us from the beginning and helped us grow – THANK YOU! We are excited to expand our customer base and expose the rest of the World to our amazing fire starting products.
Fire is so crucial for survival in the wild especially when lost or just taking an adventure. Ever wondered why almost every person starts a fire when in the wild whether camping or just taking an adventure? In a short while, I will show you exactly why fire is so important in the world and why you must know how to start one. You can agree with me that most people in the wild who find themselves in a situation where they need fire don’t have a lighter.
Well, I promise to show you exactly how you can start a fire in the wild with or without a lighter but first let’s see why fire is so important in the wild.
Why is It Important to Start a Fire?
Most people think of fire as a luxury only to realize of its crucial importance when in an outdoor visit or a survival situation. In a survival situation, fire can be lifesaving enabling you to do a lot and get through the danger of the wild. Most of the threats that people face in the wild when in a survival situation can easily be solved by fire going to show its importance.
Most common ways people die in the wildness and how fire can help?
Hypothermia due to lack of body heat: Fire warms you.
Snake and spider bites: Fire scares them away.
Attack from predators: Fire keeps them away
Insect bites: Fire again keeps them away
Dehydration: Fire helps you melt water in ice regions
Hunger: Fire helps cook edible raw food
Think of committing suicide: Fire boosts your morale becoming your only friend
Those are just good examples to show you how fire is so important in the wild. In when in places with water sources, you will still need fire to boil the water and kill the pathogens and other bacteria in the water. Fire in the wild at night can be the only difference dying and seeing the light in the morning. It will warm you, give you light to accomplish tasks and scare away wild animals. The smoke from the fire can also act as a signal to the search team.
Do you see the importance of fire in a survival situation in the world?
I know you agree with me on this. Fire in the wild is very important to survival. The discovery of fire is what has changed humanity. Even before we learn how to start a fire in the wild, let first see how to prepare the ground for a well-built fire.
How to Build a Well-built Fire
You don’t just gather wood and start the fire as most people think. Starting a fire in the wild requires you to prepare. Even in your home, you have the fireplace nicely set. The very first step in starting a fire in the wild is building a good fire pit.
1- Build a Fire Pit
There are no fire rings in the wild, so you have to prepare a fire pit. First, choose a good location as this is where you will most probably spend the night. Doing it under a huge tree or under some cliff will ideal. All the vegetation and grass on the chosen spot must be cleared for a distance of 8-10 feet. Once you have a cleared area, dig several inches into the soil to remove the top layer which is set aside for emergencies. You can even use the loose soil as firewall and mount it around the newly built fire pit. If in a place with rocks, mount rocks on the edge of the fire pit to insulate it.
2- Gather Materials
What does your hunting backpack have that can help you gather as many materials as possible. You will need different materials that catch fire easily and others that burn for long periods. You can make it in the wild starting fire without enough materials to keep the fire going once it starts.
Scope the area and collect as much wood as you can to help you with the fire. If you’re in the camp where there is tinder, then use to start the fire.
Tinder is among the smallest and easiest materials to get a fire started in the campfire. The following are some of the tinder forms:
Fire starts and commercial fire sticks
Dry leaves (works well in the case of wildfire where other materials are not easy to find)
The next step is kindling the fire where you size it up by adding small branches and twigs that you collected earlier. Branches and twigs of about 1/8 and inches into the fire to size up slowly but ensure you don’t put it out.
Tip: Add small twigs and branches and slowly increase their size as the fire grows.
Lastly, you can add logs that burn for long to keep the fire going up to the next day. Whole logs or split ones can both work depending on how long you want the fire to burn. The logs and woods must be completely dry to burn and stay lit for long.
Tip: Splitting logs might be impossible in the wild so start by putting them near the edge of the fire and let them catch fire slowly.
Water is very necessary just in case you need to out the fire in the morning all when finished. Pour water on the fire when done to stop it spreading to other areas. Stir the ashes to ensure there is no fire left and then pour more water. You can always repeat this over and over until the ashes are cool to be held in your hand before you leave the scene. The worst mistake you can do is leave a campfire or a fire in the wild unattended as this can lead to a catastrophic widespread of fire burning the entire area.
Tip: The dirt or dug soil can be used to cover the fire area and prevent any chances of the fire starting on its own.
What is the easiest way to start a fire in the wild? If lucky to have a match or lighter in your hunting bag, then you’re good to start. However, what happens when you have nothing that can start fire fast? This is where your fire starting skills are tested. You have to go the old ways our ancestral used to start a fire with any available tools. Did you know your bow can be used to start a fire? If you go hunting with bows and arrows, then your bow can be used to start a fire, but we will get to that in a short while. There are several other ways to start a fire in the wild that will discuss in a little while as you look forward to improving your fire starting skills in the wild.
3- Six Popular Ways You Can Build a Fire
Before you build a fire, you need to understand all the six popular ways that people build a fire in the wild to suit specific reasons. The arrangement you choose to build your fire will determine how long it lasts and how fast it burns. You can see why it is important to know the way you will build your fire. I’ll show you some of the most popular ways that people build fires in the wild and the purpose each way serves.
3.1- The Teepee Fire
The teepee is the most popular arrangement and one you need to know. Build a tepee by arranging the tinder and kindling it in the shape of a cone. Lit the center and let the logs burn from inside falling inward to feed the fire. Building a tepee is ideal when you have wet wood or green wood that does not burn well. The flame is usually hottest at the tip where there is oxygen. The heat generated from this arrangement is very intense and burns out wood quickly but ideal for warming you at night.
The teepee arrangement is probably the one you’ve seen in survival series where one needs to keep warm and have the fire burn until morning. The thicker end of a log or stick should always be placed at the top where the heat is intense so that it burns inward.
Video illustrating the teepee fire arrangement
Gives intense heat
Starts fire faster
Can burn wet or green wood
Burns woods quickly
3.2- The Lean-to Fire
The lean to fire is another great arrangement that does not need a lot of effort if you set it out correctly. Choose a medium sized log and place tinder next to it. The kindling is the leaned across the log as illustrated in the video below. Small dry branches and twigs can be placed after several layers of tinder. Once you light the tinder, you can add as much kindling as needed to grow the fire.
Video how lean fire is built
Fire will size up without much trouble
Once set up, fire starts pretty fast without any additional task
More tinder and kindling are required.
3.3- The Cross-ditch Fire
The Cross-ditch fire is by far the most lasting arrangement for making any wildfires. On a tinder bed, put kindling in a crisscross fashion before you add woods and logs. Once everything is set, light the tinder and fire will slowly size up.
Video how cross-ditch fire is built
Efficient consumption of fuel
Long lasting to see you through the night
Suitable for cooking
A bit tedious to build
3.4- The Log Cabin Fire
The log cabin fire simply means creating fire by having a cabin arrangement. This is achieved by first kindling twigs and branches into the shape of a cabin while leaving a space in the middle. Place two sticks in opposite directions 4-6 inches apart. Continue stacking more sticks across each other until a square cabin is created.
Create a reasonably sized box and add tinder into the box. Once tinder is filled in the box, place more sticks on top of the cabin to cover the tinder. When everything is set, go right ahead and light your tinder.
Video showing the log cabin fire
Provides warmth on all sides
Burns out wood much faster
3.5- Upside Down (Pyramid)
The upside down fire is where your fire starts at the top and burns all the way down. It is quite simple to start. Place two small branches or logs on the ground in a parallel position. Have another solid log on top of the first layer in a perpendicular position. Keep on adding a few more layers alternating their direction each time. Each layer placed must be smaller than the previous layer.
When done, light the top of the layer and leave the flame to travel naturally down. This is another great way to light a fire in the wild without straining.
Video Upside down fire
Fire burns downwards requiring no attention during the night
Quite fast to start
Requires several logs that might have to use some power tools like chainsaw to cut and split firewood
Does not produce intense heat
3.6- Create a Star
The star arrangement of fire is where you place log from different side meeting in the middle to form what appears like a star. I know woods in the wild can sometimes be in shortage especially if your hunting backpack does not have enough cutting items. Saving the few logs you find can get you through the cold of the night. This arrangement is quite effective at preserving wood where you pull them back a bit when you need to decrease the intensity if the fire.
Video How to build the Star Fire
Quite effective and long lasting
Consumer wood well
You have to monitor and control the fire regularly
4- Bonus: Tips/Tricks When Building a Well-built Fire
4.1- Choosing the Fire Location
Fire in the wild does not have the comfort zones that come with building fires in the camp or at homes. There is no fire pit, and one has to set a good spot to create a fire pit. You can agree with me choosing a location is very important. You don’t have to be the one burning the forest down. Stay away from trees and bushes that may catch fire and spread it.
A clear area away from dry leaves and other dry twigs is an ideal one. You don’t want to wake up smelling smoke everywhere so carefully choose a location that does not bring smoke your way. Check for the breeze and if its steady, you will know which direction the smoke will be going. Start your tinder where you intend to build your fireplace. Many times I have seen people start a fire somewhere and carry the tinder to another place. If you start your tinder somewhere else, then create a temporary fire there before transferring the fire to your main location.
4.2- Choosing the Foundation
Choosing a good foundation is crucial as poor foundations will kiss fire that as just started. Avoid wet and cold areas if possible and build your fire on a dry foundation. In cases where every part is wet or cold, try and build a foundation for your fire using dry rocks. I REPEAT, DRY ROCKS as wet rocks can explode in your face. I will tell you later on why wet rocks are not ideal for starting a foundation especially those taken from the riverbed area.
The aim here is to elevate your foundation away from the water beneath. Dry dirt can also be used to raise the foundation higher. If possible, try and make air flow beneath the foundation. A good way to do this is have rocks on two sides with two opening instead of having rocks circle your foundation. A good spot with a good foundation and big rocks around it will make it easier for you to start a fire and maintain it. The big rocks act as the windbreaker creating a barrier around the fire pit preventing the wind from spreading the fire.
4.3- Best Time to Start a Fire in the Wild
When is the best time to start the fire? Do you wait until dark falls to start the fire? When planning to start a fire, timing is very crucial. It is always important to start the fire a few hours before the sun goes down. This can be 2-3 hours earlier as you need the light of the sun to collect materials and observe what you’re doing.
4.4- Safety Tips
Never Leave Before Putting out the Fire – Fire might not seem dangerous especially when controlled but can turn ugly and destroy millions of properties and life. The first rule when leaving the spot of the wildfire is always to turn it off. I have said this before and will say again; ensure you extinguish the fire completely before leaving the scene. Poor water on the fire and cover it wet soil before pouring more water. You must be able to hold the wet ashes in your hand and confirm there is no slightest of burning wood that can start a wildfire once you’ve gone. Most of the fires seen around the world are mostly caused by human error, and you don’t want to be one causing it.
Never use Rocks from the River Beds – I talked about this earlier when building your foundation using rocks. Wet rocks from the river beds have water in them that will expand once heated. These rocks can explode on your face causing serious injuries when the water expands and breaks them apart. The water in the rocks boils and increases in size exploding the rocks into small pieces. It is simple science that you probably learned in high school that you must be aware of when using rocks to build a foundation.
Build Fires Away from Branches and Steep Slopes – To avoid the risk of the fire spreading, build it away from overhanging branches, rotten stumps, dry grass, leaves, logs and steep areas. Even the extra wood you set aside must be piled some distance away from the fire.
Never Leave a Wildfire Unattended – Even the smallest of breeze will spread the fire away and start a wildfire. This is why it is necessary to have every material ready before you starting the fire.
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Live Fire Gear has some VERY big announcements coming up. We are growing rapidly and our products are being sold in more stores every day. We appreciate every single customer who has helped us get to this point. A few months back we introduced a new color for our 550 FireCord – Thin Blue Line. To show our appreciation to Law Enforcement Officers throughout this wonderful country of ours, we are donating 10% of all Thin Blue Line sales to Concerns of Police Officers (C.O.P.S.) C.O.P.S. provides resources to help families and co-workers of fallen Police Officers rebuild their shattered lives. Thank you for your continued support.
Live Fire Gear is excited to announce our parent company DayOne Gear C.U.M.A. Protector Knife is the Official Knife of Controlled F.O.R.C.E. If you’re not familiar with Controlled F.O.R.C.E., they have been providing a low-liability method of defensive tactics and subject control training for the nation’s Law Enforcement, Corrections, Security and Military sectors since incorporating in 1997. In addition to training groups in the United States, they’re also well known for training internationally.
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Live Fire Gear is excited to announce EJ “Skullcrusher” Snyder has joined our team! EJ is starring in Live Fire Gear’s television commercials for 2017, so be on the lookout for those!
You may know EJ from the Discovery Channel series “Naked and Afraid” and “Dual Survivor“. EJ is an Extreme Survivalist, Adventurer and Retired Army Combat Vet. He is an expert in leadership, tracking, trapping, building shelter, primitive weapons, navigation, security, self-reliance and self-defense.
EJ grew up in North Jersey outside NYC in tough Italian neighborhoods. He spent most weekends escaping to the outdoors to go camping, hunting, trapping, hiking, rafting, and rock climbing. His interest in survival began here. EJ also faced another kind of survival situation – childhood bullying – which became his inspiration to bulk up by lifting weights, learning to box and training in other self-defense disciplines to better defend himself and build his self-confidence.
EJ joined the US Army at age 19 and served 25 years. This is where he learned to better hone his outdoor and survival skills. He attended Ranger School and got his first taste of formal survival training. In 1996, EJ became the Primary Survival & Tracking Instructor at the Florida Ranger Camp. He attended Army Survival School and a Tracking Course, thus launching EJ into a self-study and obsession with learning all aspects of survival. EJ is a highly decorated combat veteran of the 1991 Gulf War and OIF, serving in Ranger Positions in many different types of infantry units, including Airborne, Mountain and Light Infantry. EJ retired at the rank of Sergeant Major/E-9.
EJ is currently retired in North Carolina with his wife and two kids, but he doesn’t anticipate slowing down anytime soon. He teaches survival classes all over the US and abroad employing his “Train as you Fight” philosophy in Survival. He also motivationally speaks, and does appearances at events, trade shows, Comic Cons and expos. He is an accomplished writer and is writing several books, and writes for several magazines and periodicals. He spends his free time enjoying his family, getting outdoors, working out and expanding his survival knowledge and skills to be the Best Survivalist on the Planet. Ej has also appeared on TNT’s “72 Hours”, the History Channel’s “Patton 360”, Chiller Networks “Can You Survive a Horror Movie”, amongst other TV & Film projects. You will just as likely catch him hiking a mountain or surfing in Hawaii, as you will see him drinking beer and watching a football game or MMA fight on his favorite bar stool.
EJ prides himself on being one tough old SOB with the tenacity, fortitude, willpower, and determination to be dropped anywhere in the world with nothing and come out on top! EJ also believes that if he is with other people, that he can lead them there as well – unscathed! You can also hear EJ from miles away screaming to the heavens with his battle cries!
EJ is known for his hardened and tough exterior as well as for being a “Man’s Man,” but has compassion for his fellow man, passion for life, and a huge heart. EJ believes giving back to the community and the less fortunate is very important and works with many charities and causes in his spare time, many dealing with Cancer, Kids, Anti-Bullying and Veterans. He is also always looking for his next adventure and challenge. EJ says he stands ready at any moment to leap into action on a minute’s notice, whether it’s a survival situation, helping a stranger in need, or reacting to a crisis.
EJ lives and breathes his motto “Tua Sponte Superstes”, which means to “Survive By Your Own Will”
We want to thank EJ Snyder and his family for teaming up with Live Fire Gear! Looking forward to the future together…
A survival bracelet may look to some like a fashion statement, but this unique type of accessory is actually a functional item that can be used in an emergency situation. When this kind of bracelet is made from parachute cord, it is called a paracord survival bracelet. Learning how to make such a bracelet can be a fun and useful activity. Exploring a few facts about parachute cord and survival bracelets could help you to understand the many reasons that these handy accessories are in such demand across the world. Once you have explored the reasons for owning this kind of bracelet, you can get started on learning how to make paracord survival bracelets for yourself and your loved ones. You may even wish to host a survival bracelet party, so you and a group of guests can share the experience of making survivals bracelets for fun, fashion, and (most importantly) for emergency preparedness. When you assemble an emergency preparedness kit, adding a few survival bracelets is not a bad idea.
What Is Paracord?
Paracord is a shortened version of the term “parachute cord.” This type of cord is a lightweight rope that is made from nylon. Its original function was to suspend lines in the Second World War. This cord has a smooth texture; because it also lightweight and has an elastic feel, it is perfect for a broad assortment of functions today, from enabling water rescues to keeping cargo secured. It can be used as a thread for sewing gear that needs to be repaired, and it may also be utilized to create a line for fishing. It has even been used to make whips for those who ride horses or drive livestock. The rope can be utilized to secure camouflage or mosquito nets, fasten rucksacks securely, and position equipment on harnesses. This versatile cord is ideal for many outdoor activities, especially since it does not mildew as other materials might.
Survival Bracelets and Their Uses
Survival bracelets can easily be made for your family or to sell to others.
Just as parachute cord can be a useful tool, survival bracelets made from paracord may be transformed into useful tools. By simply disassembling a survival bracelet, you may utilize the material from which it is made. You might rely on your survival bracelet to make a fire via the bow-and-drill friction technique. Another option is to use the cord from a survival bracelet to create a tourniquet or splint in an emergency medical situation. You could utilize the cord from your bracelet to make a snare trap for food. If you are hiking on an unfamiliar trail you can tie the cord around a tree limb to create an instantly recognizable marker. The uses and possibilities associated with survival bracelets are seemingly endless.
Making Your Survival Bracelet
Now that you understand how useful and essential a survival bracelet can be, you’re probably ready to make one. The first step you will need to take is to gather all of the materials necessary to make your bracelet. To make a basic survival bracelet with a release buckle, you will need:
paracord that is approximately 1/8 inch in diameter – you will need about one foot of cord for every inch around your wrist (a wrist that is six inches would require about six feet of the paracord for this project)
Once you have your materials assembled, measure your wrist in inches. Simply wrap the measuring tape around your wrist to do this. This will determine exactly how many feet of paracord you will need to create your survival bracelet.
Place the two ends of the cord together, and determine where the middle of the length of cord is. Then, pull the center of the cord through either end of the release buckle to create a loop. Once you do this, you will then pull the ends of the cord through the loop you’ve made. Tighten the loop until the cord is securely attached to the release buckle.
Next, disassemble the release buckle (but leave the cord where it is). Pull the ends of the cord through the other end of the buckle, and slide that part of the buckle toward the other piece. You will then measure the cord to be sure the length is the correct size for your wrist. You will measure in inches from the flat part of the pronged piece to the end of the other piece. Be sure to add one more inch than you need, so the bracelet fits comfortably on your wrist.
Once you have measured the cord length to ensure a proper fit, you will begin the process of knotting the cord. You might choose a basic knot, such as the cobra knot, for your bracelet. First, position the left side of the cord underneath the center strands of cord; then, position the cord on the right underneath the left strand, above the center strands, and through the left loop. Pull the cord to tighten it until the semi-knot is adjacent to the buckle. Repeat the entire process in reverse (starting with the right side first, and then the left). Continue alternating sides until the bracelet is complete.
Once the bracelet has reached the size you need, cut the loose ends and melt them together with the lighter. You should now have a survival bracelet that meets your needs and looks great!
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