Concealed Fire for Bug Out and Tactical Survival: The Dakota Fire Pit

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  • Published on:  Friday, January 25, 2019
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  • Daniel Brown

    Daniel Brown

     a months ago

    Ive made a few of these throughout my life but i never even knew root fires were possible. Anywhere. So again; here we are! Thank you for the lesson! 👍

  • ryanladdy91


     a months ago

    Hey the Gray Bearded Green Beret! I have an interesting piece of information to share with you. I read a survival manual (I have no idea which book or where) a long time ago which had a section on making a concealed campfire in an urban setting. One tip it gave was that you can take a soggy piece of cardboard and suspend it over your fire, and it supposedly will absorb some of the smoke and serve to mask the smell and make it not travel as far. I'm not sure if it's true but maybe it's something you could try out in future videos (hanging a wet blanket, etc over this type of concealed fire in a wilderness setting?). Anyway, your videos rock man, keep the amazing content coming. Peace

  • TheVodec


     2 months ago

    Was disappointed that you went to all that trouble of making a Dakota fire and didnt cook any snakes.

  • Lloyd Evans

    Lloyd Evans

     4 months ago +1

    I was cleaning up my property of any dead wood & started a burn pile. The center piece of the pile was a tree that was too close to the house & I removed it, root & all with a dozer. The root ball was 6' in diameter. Root & dirt. I pushed it out to the burn pile. I cut the tree up & folded it up on the root ball & over the course of a year covered the ball with organic materials that I wanted to dispose of. I set the pile on fire during the winter snow as I am concerned about the fire getting away from me and so far that has not happened. As the pile burned I used a Ford 5000 with a box blade to push the un burned material together & the root ball as the target. Over the course of 5 days, 95% of the pile was successfully burned except the root ball. I went to the house because i was cold! I returned in the spring, 4 months later to bushog & when I got up to the root ball found that was still "smoldering". You could see day light where 6' of root was completely burned out. I was shocked & immediately changed over to my box blade & pushed the smoldering root ball into my pond, putting the smoldering root system out. You cannot over emphasize the care you need in protecting the root system of a tree when using a field fire. Well done Mr. Graybeard. Give us some more!

  • W. Maximillian de Johnsonbourg

    W. Maximillian de Johnsonbourg

     4 months ago +1

    Very informative video.

  • Dustin Cole

    Dustin Cole

     5 months ago +1

    Great videos. Thank you for showing us your special little fire.

  • Plutot Crever

    Plutot Crever

     7 months ago +1

    Great video. Thx.

  • James Hutto

    James Hutto

     7 months ago +1

    Ty for the preamble as most dont care to talk about fire safety with this fire type. Often, things that go without saying, should be said.

  • Tim Waldroup

    Tim Waldroup

     7 months ago +1

    As always very informative

  • Mike sarky

    Mike sarky

     7 months ago +1

    As a retired SERE Instructor, we taught this method, but, what most people don't understand is that while making a fire near a tree during the daytime to break up any smoke that may be produced by your fire, building and using a Dakota hole fire at night will light up the underside of any branches and the trunk of the tree that are above the fire.

  • Gary Grinkevich

    Gary Grinkevich

     7 months ago +1

    Scared the hell out of me when the guitar came in, thought the guitar player was coming through my left window! Lol good vid thanks for sharing sir.

  • Conservative Comedy

    Conservative Comedy

     8 months ago +2

    Wonderful video, very carefully explained. Not sure why someone would dislike this. You really cover the combat scenario masterfully. Wonderful video as usual Sir.

  • David Heatherly

    David Heatherly

     8 months ago +1

    Wouldn't also double as a cat hole?

  • Dougls Welsher

    Dougls Welsher

     8 months ago

    Hi, I am A Disable Army 75th Airborne Ranger, well was. I was station in Fort Dixie. The only reason I bring it up. Is God you remind me of someone from there? That was a Ranger they went on and I went into what I was trained for. That was down helicopters. More for the intel form them. However. The guy you remind me about trained with me in Fort Dixie, the dam Sand if you know what I am talking about. Anyone from Fort Dixis would know what I am talking about. I was in there in the 87 to 88 years? Dam I am old! peace and love to one and all!

  • NADE 375

    NADE 375

     8 months ago +1

    I really enjoy your channel and its content! I just found it a couple days ago so I'm playing catch up on all your clips! It's nice to see how much we are alike with mindset and personal pre fences. Keep up the good work and keep the videos coming.

  • Tree Rat69

    Tree Rat69

     9 months ago +1

    I like the Dakota fire pits but in a bugout evasion scenario wouldn't it be faster to use the H type fire lay for water purification or warming food?

  • DetCordXXXI


     9 months ago +1

    I used a Dakota Fire Pit for the first time this weekend. I was out in the desert and it was a really windy so I built a DFP for my cooking fire and it worked perfectly! I was worried because the soil is very sandy. But because of the recent rains in California, it was like wet beach sand so the hole held its shape and the air tunnel didn't collapse! I was very proud of myself for getting it right the first time! And it was because of your videos, not because of my skill level, that I was successful!

  • dkeny55


     9 months ago +1

    how about a 9oz woodstove with secondary burn? Canway Camping Stove, Wood Stove/Backpacking Stove,Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove

  • Peter Peterson

    Peter Peterson

     9 months ago +1

    Excellent Safety Brief. One thing I could suggest when digging in soft material like that when you make the passage way, if you happen to find a tin can, pop can, or if you want to be environmentally friendly most of a hollowed out branch or 2 board like chunks to make an a frame. you can use those to bore the way through and if you took the time to open the both ends of the can you can leave it and it will support the dirt above it much like a culvert. a sad but true fact no matter where you go there is always some kind of trash laying around.

    Here's kind of an Idea and Kind of a question for ya, since it seems like you are doing some more of the escape and evasion stuff. here is a topic that may or may not come up that often. When your bug out bag food runs out (your sos food bars) and you are still needing to be on the move for escape and evasion (no time to hunt or fish), what do you do for food on the move?

  • The Dapper Otter

    The Dapper Otter

     9 months ago +2

    Saw this video posted by somebody else, at some point. Still a solid video
    I dont remember the beginning segment with the root fire warning at the beginning. Definitely very important.