Collect Your Kindling
Kindling is the material that feeds the flames of tinder and gives a fire the heat to burn larger pieces of wood. Kindling can take the form of dead twigs, wood splinters, dead vines, and bark. Like tinder, you kindling should be as dry as possible. Find kindling of different sizes, from that of a piece of wire up to larger twigs and branches that could almost be considered firewood. Always collect plenty of kindling, especially the small wire-like pieces. Finally, pack the kindling pieces together tightly. Most dry-weather fire-making failures happen because the kindly bundle wasn't packed tightly enough. Dead pine twigs are one of my go-to kindling in good weather and bad, because the pine's oil and pitch are so flammable.