#AskPaulKirtley 65: Tips For Fires Under Tarps, More Bushcraft On TV, Typha Fibre Extraction

#AskPaulKirtley 65: Tips For Fires Under Tarps, More Bushcraft On TV, Typha Fibre Extraction


In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions on tips for having fires under tarps, will there or should there be more bushcraft on TV, what might the causes be of getting pumped forearms when making feathersticks, is there a best time of year to harvest wood for carving, and details of Typha fibre extraction.

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Paul Kirtley Podcast with Joe Robinet

The Value Of A Tarp In Your Daypack (includes comments on fires under tarps)

Frontier Bushcraft Intermediate Wilderness Bushcraft Course

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

Lighting A Small-Stick Fire

How To Make Fantastic Feathersticks

PK Podcast 016: Lisa Fenton On Bushcraft And Indigenous Knowledge Transmissions


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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor, qualified canoe leader and mountain leader. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.

13 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley 65: Tips For Fires Under Tarps, More Bushcraft On TV, Typha Fibre Extraction

  1. Careful Paul. Carrion eaters looking at you (buzzard, kestrel). They may think you’re a starving, weary wanderer, leaning on a tree waiting to die, and they’re sizing up your bones for a meal.

    1. Good point Marcel. I think I’m safe from the kestrel as long as I don’t leave a trail of pee like a rodent does 🙂

      Still, I’ll be more careful of the buzzard next time though…



  2. Hi Paul, thanks for another great episode. Wondering now if making a Typha leaf blind for our newly fitted bathroom would be a good idea. With regard to the fires under tarps I am thinking that the height that the tarp is set at will determine how hot the tarp gets.
    All the best, Dave.

  3. Hi Paul. Been watching your content for a long time, but never subscribed to your channel on YouTube. Good you prompted me at the end there.

    This information about how to saw off a tree limb is new to me. You explain it briefly in the question regarding harvesting green wood for carving. Any chance of you providing a short video demo of that? Is this “bushcraft technique” the same as what an arborist or competent gardener would use?

    1. Hi Antonius, I can add a video of the technique to my long list of suggestions and see if the opportunity arises to film it. I wouldn’t necessarily classify it as a bushcraft technique, more one employed by anyone who wants to take care and be respectful, so yes would include use by arborists and gardeners.

      Warm regards,


  4. Another GREAT episode! And more useful info. Love the videos, and please keep up the great work. Have a good one, and look forward to 65 coming in a few seconds! (I am a little behind in the viewing!) Many thanks. Kevin B

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