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BONUS DOWNLOADS

This course includes countless BONUS DOWNLOADABLE Guides, Worksheets, Carving Templates, Checklists, and Resource Lists to help you on your fire starting journey. The ones listed here are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • Creek's best selling Pocket Field Guide titled MASTER THE BOW DRILL (over 60 pages)!

  • 6 Plant/Tree Identifications Guides for gathering your own Friction Fire materials.

  • Creek's personal Bow Drill Carving Templates.

  • Creek's fire-starting Skill Sheet titled CINDER-ROLLA.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to the The Art of Fire!
    • A Message from Creek!
    • Welcome Downloads
    • Here's just a short teaser of a few things you're going to learn!
  • 2
    Week #1: Tinder & Ferro Rod
    • Lesson # 1: Tinder Bundle or Tinder Blunder?
    • Lesson # 2: Cordage Plants for Fire Tinder
    • Lesson # 3: FIRE TREE HIGHLIGHT: Cottonwood
    • Lesson # 4: 5 Biggest Ferro Rod Mistakes
    • Lesson # 5: FERRO ROD FAIL (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 6: Ferro Rod Mastery
    • Lesson # 7: Demystifying Fatwood FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson # 8: Guitar Pick Fire Starter
    • Week #1 Q&A Weekly Wrap-Up with Creek
  • 3
    Week #2: Flint, Steel & Charred Materials
    • Lesson # 1: Identifying & Preparing Flint for Flint & Steel
    • Lesson # 2: Flint & Steel: The Mountain Man Way
    • Lesson # 3: Char Cloth: The Basics
    • Lesson # 4: Charred Natural Materials
    • Lesson # 5: Char Cloth Using Improvised Trash
    • Lesson # 6: Charring Using Open Top Container
    • Lesson # 7: Aluminum Foil Char
    • Lesson # 8: Flat Rock Char FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson # 9: Char Hole
    • Lesson # 10: Japanese Cone Kiln Charcoal Pit
    • Lesson # 11: False Tinder Fungus
    • Lesson # 12: Char Rope
    • FIRE HAUL: Goodwill Store FREE PREVIEW
    • Don't Throw Away Your Fire Tools (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Q & A: Creek Talks About Natural Charred Materials
    • Week #2: Q&A Weekly Wrap-Up
  • 4
    Week #3: Solar Fire Starting (Magnifying Lens)
    • Lesson # 1: Solar Fire Starting 101 & Solar Embers
    • PUNKY WOOD (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • IKEA Fire Haul
    • Lesson # 2: Snow Globe Fire (from Goodwill Fire Haul)
    • Lesson # 3: Sandwich Wrap Fire FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson # 4: POM Fire
    • Lesson # 5: Chili Powder Ember - Will it work???
    • Lesson # 6: White Wine Fire
    • Lesson # 7: Incandescent Light Bulb Fire
    • Lesson # 8: LED Flashlight Lens Magnifier
    • Lesson # 9: Survival Lenses 101
    • Lesson # 10: Survival Optometry
    • Water Bottle Fire Start (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 11: Convex Water Bottle Lens FREE PREVIEW
    • Lesson # 12: Fire Steroids: ASHES
    • My Secret Fire Starting Weapon (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 13: Biconvex Latex Balloon Solar Lens
    • Lesson # 14: FIRE FUNGUS HIGHLIGHT: Fomes robineae (Cracked Cap Polypore)
    • Lesson # 15: My Newest Fire Obsession: Caterpillar Poop
  • 5
    Week #4: Solar Fire Starting (Parabolic Mirrors)
  • 6
    Week #5: Urban Fire Starts
    • Intro to Urban Fire Starting
    • Lesson # 1: The Anatomy of a Disposable Lighter
    • Lesson # 2: Newspaper Ember from Empty Lighter FREE PREVIEW
    • Cold Damp Woods - Busted Lighter (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 3: Steel Wool for the Win
    • Lesson # 4: Pencil Vehicle Battery Fire Start
    • Pencil Battery Fire Start (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 5: Gum Wrapper Fire Starting Hack
    • Gum Wrapper Fire Starting Hack (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 6: Thinner Conductor Fire Start
    • Thinner Conductor Fire Start (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Cell Phone Backup Battery Charger (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 7: Urban Camera Lens Fire Start
    • Digital Camera Fire (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Urban Chemical Firestart (Demonstration Only)
    • Lesson # 8: Television Solar Cooker
    • Lesson # 9: Urban Char
    • Lesson # 10: Urban Bow Drill
    • Lesson # 11: Disposable Lighter Challenge
    • Lesson # 12: Natural Tinder Busted Lighter Challenge: Creek Demo
  • 7
    Week #6: Carrying Fire
    • Fire Carry: Introduction
    • Lesson # 1: The Apache Match
    • Lesson # 2: Cracked Cap Polypore (Fomes robineae) Fire Carry
    • Lesson # 3: Punky Wood Fire Carry
    • Side View Mirror Fire Carry (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 4: Sycamore Bark Fire Carry
    • Lesson # 5: Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei) Fire Carry
    • Lesson # 6: Makeshift Trench Match Fire Carry
    • Lesson # 7: The Ultimate Discreet Every Day Carry Fire Kit
    • Lesson # 8: Native Slow Match FREE PREVIEW
  • 8
    Week #7: Odds, Ends, & Laying the Fire Foundation
    • Lesson # 1: Flame Extenders
    • Flame Extenders (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 2: Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
    • Lesson # 3: Survival Match Tricks
    • Lesson # 4: The Feather Stick
    • The Feather Stick (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • Lesson # 5: Fire by Numbers
    • Lesson # 6: How Creek Builds a Fire
  • 9
    Week #8: 6 Must Know Survival Fire Lays
    • FIRE LAY # 1: The Long Log Fire Lay
    • The Long Log Fire Lay (BONUS FOOTAGE #1)
    • The Long Log Fire Lay (BONUS FOOTAGE #2)
    • FIRE LAY # 2: The Swedish Torch Fire Lay
    • The Swedish Torch Fire Lay (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • FIRE LAY # 3: The Star Fire Lay
    • FIRE LAY # 4: The Dakota Fire Hole Fire Lay
    • FIRE LAY # 5: The Off-Grid Brick Rocket Stove FREE PREVIEW
    • The Off-Grid Brick Rocket Stove (BONUS FOOTAGE)
    • FIRE LAY # 6: The Signal Fire Lay
    • The Signal Fire Lay (BONUS FOOTAGE)
  • 10
    Week #9: Bowdrill Breakdown - THE BASICS
    • DEMONSTRATION & OVERVIEW of a Store Bought Kit
    • Let's Take a Trip to the Local Hardware Store
    • Lesson # 1: BOW DRILL BREAKDOWN: Spindle & Hearth Board from Cedar Trim
    • Lesson # 2: BOW DRILL BREAKDOWN: The Bow
    • Lesson # 3: BOW DRILL BREAKDOWN: The Bearing Block
    • Lesson # 4: BOW DRILL BREAKDOWN: Technique, Ember, Flame
    • Lesson # 5: Most Common Bow Drill Mistakes
    • Lesson # 6: BOW DRILL: Alternate Positions
    • Lesson # 7: BASSWOOD: Tilia americana
    • Lesson # 8: WILLOW: Salix (various species)
    • Lesson # 9: EASTERN COTTONWOOD: Populus deltoides
    • Lesson # 10: TULIP POPLAR: Liriodendron tulipifera
    • Lesson # 11: YUCCA: Yucca (various species)
    • Lesson # 12: SOTOL: Dasylirion wheeleri
    • Lesson # 13: BOW DRILL BREAKDOWN: Kit from the Landscape(ing)
    • Lesson # 14: Eastern White Pine Bow Drill Kit: Natural Branch
    • Creek Teaching the Bowdrill: BONUS FOOTAGE
  • 11
    Week #10: Advanced Bow Drill, Standing Bow Drill, & No Knife, No Nothing Bow Drill
    • Lesson # 1: The Standing Bow Drill: Version # 1
    • Lesson # 2: The Standing Bow Drill: Version # 2
    • Lesson # 3: How to Tie the Trucker's Hitch
    • The Standing Bow Drill: BONUS FOOTAGE
    • Lesson # 4: Bow Drill from the Land: No knife, No cord, No Nothing
    • Lesson # 5: How to Reverse Wrap Natural Cordage
    • Lesson # 6: A Bow Drill "HACK" FREE PREVIEW

Meet Your Instructor

  • Creek Stewart

    Wilderness Survival Instructor

    Creek Stewart

    Creek Stewart is a Wilderness Survival Instructor, Author, and Television Host. He currently hosts the hit show SOS HOW TO SURVIVE on The Weather Channel and is the owner of Willow Haven Outdoor Survival School in Central Indiana.

What are other students saying?

Pennsylvania, USA

Eileen F.

Pennsylvania, USA

Creek Stewart is an amazing teacher. He has the patience of a saint, and the fortitude to make you succeed at any cost, and any length of time it takes.
Michigan, USA

Tim W.

Michigan, USA

Literally I’d give you guys six out of five stars if I could
Indiana, USA

Roger H.

Indiana, USA

For me, being a novice at wilderness survival skills and being able to start a fire, I have walked away from the AOF course confident that if my life was on the line, I now have the life saving skills to be able to start a fire in most any situation or environment. Creek's course and videos are informative, educational, enjoyable and provide you real life skills that you can't put a price on.
Indiana, USA

James M.

Indiana, USA

I thought about this course a lot before I Started . After I started I found out it is like no other course out there, even if you know how to make fire you should take this course the motivation the Creek Stewart install's in you is worth it alone #bestcourseever
Canada

Nick C.

Canada

My experience with AOF resumes by this: AOF is amazing. From the Bow Drill, passing through the Flint and Steel ending with the Java Cup fire Starter; you'll be able to make a fire anywhere and in any weather condition with basically nothing on-hand. Love it!
Pennsylvania, USA

Jaqueline K.

Pennsylvania, USA

The Art Of Fire is an incredible program and entirely worth the cost. Frankly considering the staggering amount of video content included, the program cost was a bargain. The take away from this program was to always make sure I have several means of fire start readily available at all times. I would highly recommended this program to everyone. The best part of Creek’s programs is how he gets you out of your armchair and out to the field, motivated, and accomplishing skills! The combination of workbook materials extremely detailed videos, personalized support from Creek himself, and the motivation of the online community participation takes learning to the next level. I would have never accomplished all of this had I just picked up a book on fire skills. I honestly feel now that I am extremely confident in the ability to start a fire if my life depended on it!
North Carolina, USA

Doug M.

North Carolina, USA

As a person who has been practicing skills for over 30 years I would definitely recommend the Art of Fire. This could almost be considered a college course on firemaking. If you watch all of the videos and practice these skills you will put as much time and effort in this skill as any college course. The information is solid and could definitely save your life in a survival situation. I am pretty confident in my primitive firemaking skills, but some of the hacks and modern techniques were new to me.