Machete Fire

The machete touches on every aspect of wilderness survival and bushcraft here in Brazil. I often use this technique in rainy season to make primary tinder as well as kindling from Candeia wood. Candeia is filled with a very offensive smelling oil that reminds me of a wet dog or stinky cheese. It burns extremely well almost as well as fatwood and is used in much the same way. By scraping the wood with the right angle spine of the machete the Candeia log will yield up handfuls of very light tinder that will take a spark from a ferro rod. The same piece of wood can also be shaved and split to create a very hot base for a fire.

25 Comments on "Machete Fire"

  1. @orlog12 Candeia. Candeia morta fique em pé muitos anos e é muito bom para ascender fogo. Tem cheiro mal como quejo ou cachrro molhado.

  2. qual é essa madeira

  3. Thanks!! I’m gonna try this next time i go camping! 😀

  4. 007TheReaper007 | October 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm |


  5. great vid man! Love seeing different fireskills. Very interesting and onformative.

  6. @nuckkingfuts What brand is it bro?

  7. soulcollecter1329 | October 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm |

    Great vid.

  8. primitivebushskills | October 15, 2010 at 4:08 pm |

    nice video

  9. Parabéns pela forma bastante didática em demonstrar como fazer a isca para fogo!


  10. nuckkingfuts | October 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

    just bought a brazilian made machete

  11. long time good to watch your videos again

  12. @faolbushcraft cedar is close, also cypress but less so.

  13. Thanks Dave!

  14. I have found if I have the knife at a 45 the other way it works better for me.Just an idea.

  15. LowBudgetBushcraft | October 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm |

    I like the back of the blade technique. I’ll have to try it on some north american wood types to see what works best.

  16. @DualSurvival That’s why Candeia is illegally logged out of wilderness areas here. I only use dead Candeia for fuel. Brushfires kill them and since they are filled with oil they rot very slowly so it is common to find dead standing Candeia.

  17. 007TheReaper007 | October 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm |


  18. I always love watching videos were someone is being taught how to do things…especially fire lighting.

  19. Great? video.

  20. faolbushcraft | October 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm |

    Great video. That is very useful wood. Is there anything in the US, specifically the south, that has those same qualities?

  21. Excellent vid!

  22. DualSurvival | October 15, 2010 at 10:06 pm |

    Very interesting stuff. I did a quick google search and found out that Candeia essential oil contains a very high percentage of Bisabolol. Bisabolol is well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and is used in many cosmetic formulas.

  23. Wonderful video!

  24. Great video.

  25. BradinOkinawa | October 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm |

    Giulianno reminds me of Tommy Chong. Great job on another well done video. Thanks.

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