THE FUZZ STICK: A CLASSIC FIRE STARTER
Fuzz sticks (or feather sticks) are excellent fire starters, especially in tricky conditions. The idea behind the fuzz stick is to increase a stick’s surface area so it burns easily.
HERE'S HOW TO MAKE ONE
STEP 1: Find a dead branch that is about thumb-thick. Your best bet is to break off a branch from a fallen tree. The low dead branches of a conifer also work well. Listen for a cracking sound, the sign that the branch is dry.
STEP 2: Carve (or fuzz) the stick by peeling back shavings with your blade. The key is to leave the shavings attached to the stick so the stick becomes “fuzzy.” Start at the bottom of the branch and work upwards until most of the stick is converted into shavings.
STEP 3: Light the fuzz stick, using it as tinder to ignite your fire.