Surviving is the name of the game in DayZ but with so many things to worry about, this can be the toughest part of the game. There are a lot of things you should know that could keep you alive longer as a survivor in the game’s harrowing setting and one of which is the ability to start fires.
Fire is one of the most vital resources in the game. Aside from helping you stay warm, it can also give you light during those dark, pitch-black nights. Most importantly, however, you can use fire as a means to cook food. Eating raw food in DayZ can and will often result in a variety of problems for your character.
Here’s a guide on how you can start a fire.
Starting A Fire
First off, you’ll need to find a spot where you can start a fire in. If it’s not raining outdoors, then placing it outside shouldn’t be a problem. However, many veterans suggest creating your fire indoors or at least under some cover just in case there’s rain sometime during the night.
Whether you place it indoors or outdoors, the fire will work the same. There are dozens of homes where you can build a fire in but if you can’t find any – a rundown shack or any shed will do so long as there’s shelter from the rain.
Veteran players suggest finding a place where you can close a door as even moisture can actually weaken your fire pretty fast.
Once you’ve found your spot, start collecting short sticks, which can be found in bushes scattered throughout the world. You don’t need anything to get small sticks. However, do be careful as there is a chance that you might get cut after trying to chop down small bushes with your bare hands.
With a short stick in your inventory, your next course of action is to create a fireplace kit. You can do this by combining your short stick with either some paper, bandage, a page, or even a book. Just put both items in your hands and you’ll be able to create a fireplace kit.
Next, chop down a nearby tree by using an ax or a machete. You can get these weapons usually inside houses and barns. They are not that hard to find and they are very valuable tools that will help you on your journey. Aside from chopping trees, they can be used to kill enemies as well.
You’ll need to then put your fire kit onto the floor, remembering to keep it under some cover. Add your firewood then set it alight with a lighter, road flare, and or even a hand-drill kit. If the fire starts to weaken, you can add more sticks to it to provide more fuel.
Aside from finding food, starting a fire should be one of your top priorities in DayZ. Finding the right tools can be hard at first but with enough perseverance, you’ll find that starting a fire in DayZ isn’t actually that hard at all. It’s one of the key survival skills you need in the game.