In the wild, man uses fire to survive. In the backyard, with a few beers, a setting sun, and a light breeze, man uses fire to live. Either way, there’s something childishly satisfying about watching a fire grow, taming an element that could simultaneously kill you if a spark lands in the wrong spot, or sustain you the next time you’re deserted in the wilderness.
Hakim Isler, a survivalist recently dropped into a remote part of India with no clothes for 21 days as part of Discovery’s reality show Naked and Afraid, wants to teach you how to start a fire the right way – not by turning a knob to ignite the gas, but on your hands and knees, head tilted to blow oxygen into a tiny spark that’s ready to engulf strategically placed twigs. Here’s all a guy needs to start a fire…the right way.