I like the idea that one could take an ember from a fire made at home, go into the jungle for a few days and return carrying that same fire back with you…

Being able to carry fire is a useful skill and one that is often overlooked – if you are carrying fire with you and, say, it begins to rain (when friction fire lighting becomes much harder) you won’t have a problem as your fire is essentially already lit.

Equally, you may pass some bamboo that is perfect for the fire saw and, rather than carrying an unwieldy piece with you back to camp, you can simply fashion a fire carrier out of the same bamboo, get the ember then-and-there and carry it along with you, tied conveniently to your belt…

…or you may have a lens with which to light a fire from the sun, but clouds are beginning to form and you still have a way to go – not a problem if you can carry fire.

Even at camp it can be useful skill to know – if the sky darkens for an approaching tropical thunderstorm you can keep your fire alive by taking an ember, placing it in a container of shavings and then sheltering it under a leaf until the rain has passed.

In the video below I show two ways of carrying fire in the jungle (both using bamboo) as well as how to make a one-shot, disposable hobo stove suitable for boiling enough water for a mug of tea.

Of the two methods I demonstrate in the video my preference (and recommendation) would be for the one using bamboo shavings – it is more reliable and compact and doesn’t get as hot and smoky as the stove method.

Evidence shows that primitive man was well aware of the benefits of carrying fire (he had no BIC lighter) and ember pots have been discovered that were used for this purpose.

It’s a good skill to know and one that means you can save yourself the energy required to get a fire going from scratch at the end of a long day.