a fire reflector

Winter has come. A good friend of mine, Jane is sleeping out in the winter lean-to that has just been built in this previous post. To make these shelters more useable in cold weather a long log-fire is used along with a fire reflector. The beauty of this set-up is that a fire that is positioned one pace from your sleeping body, is as long as you are lying down (so it will kick out heat sideways down its full length), and has a reflector on the other side of the fire to reflect back what would be wasted heat  – all radiates this heat back into the shelter and down on you and even behind you to keep you warm and toasty. I have slept out in around -17 celsius without a sleeping bag. Although you need to keep a strong fire going all night for this.

So here is a very short step-by-step for the fire reflector and the principle behind it.

long log fire

long log fire

radiated heat bouncing back into the shelter

radiated heat bouncing back into the shelter

cut and drag 'body' length logs

cut and drag ‘body’ length logs

cut stake-poles to help stack the log reflector

cut stake-poles to help stack the log reflector

sharpen stakes to hammer into ground

sharpen stakes to hammer into ground

chamfer stakes so they don't split when pounded in

chamfer stakes so they don’t split when pounded in

stack them at least waist high or higher

stack them at least waist high or higher

with normal cooking fire

with normal cooking fire

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