Sitting around a campfire is what is going to make your camping trip to the great outdoors truly memorable. How else will you make s’mores? Not only will it provide you with warmth and a cooking space, but also it’s really the only place you tell ghost stories. Bottom line: If you’re going camping, you’re going to need to know how to build a perfect campfire. Yes packing waterproof matches is a good start but what happens next? Follow these steps and you’re sure to have a very nice blaze every time.
Step #1: Dig A Pit
Your fire needs to be contained. This is what the fire pit is for. Ideally, you should build a ring of rocks to keep the fire embers from spreading. Within that ring, you’ll want to dig out six inches of dirt in the center of the ring. As for the size of the ring, consider how many folks will be sitting around that fire and build accordingly.
Step #2: Gather the Wood l
Fire needs wood and there are three types of wood that you need to gather: Tinder, kindling and fuel wood. Tinder is what is going to spark your fire. This is the stuff that burns fast and easy. Things like leaves, dry grass or bark make good tinder.
Once the spark starts, you want to add kindling. The idea is to slowly build your fire. You can’t go from tinder to logs and expect it to burn. Kindling if your “fire bridge.” The best kindling would be twigs and branches about the width of a pencil. If you can easily snap a branch in two, it’s dry and good to go. A branch that bends is too wet and only going to give you a lot of smoke. Instead, look for braches that are slightly bigger than your forearm. Get plenty and stack them up by your pit to feed throughout the night.
Step #3: Lay Your Fire
First, you’ll want to bunch up your tinder in the center of the pit. Around that, you’ll build a tepee of kindling. Around the tepee, you’ll arrange your fuel wood as if you were building a mini log cabin. Basically, you’ll lay two logs on opposite sides of the tepee. Then you stack to more logs on the opposite side of those logs and so on until you have a few layers. If you ever played with Lincoln Logs, then you know how this goes!
Step #4: Light Your Fire
The first thing to burn on your fire will be your tinder. Thanks to your pit digging and fire lay construction, your tinder should have access to air. That’s the other element fire needs to get going. Strike your match and let the fire do its thing. As your logs burn down, you can add to them throughout the night.
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Enjoy your camping this summer and make sure to leave your campground better than when you found it!