Need a few tips for building the perfect campfire? Here are the three main things to keep in mind as you get started.
Perfect Campfire Tip #1: Location is Key
The first and most important step in building a campfire is to find the best spot. The more time and thought you put into this upfront, the more you’ll enjoy your fire in the end. While a lot of campsites offer fire pits that give you a great start spot for a campfire (you can bypass this step), some do not!
What makes for a great location? To start, you don’t want it to be under any trees with low-hanging branches. The last thing you want to do is start a forest fire, right?
Along those lines, try to find a pit that has already been dug about a foot deep. If you can’t find one, find an area with ground soft enough for you to dig a hole. It doesn’t need to be too deep, about 1 foot is optimal.
Finally, make sure it’s accessible and gives enough space that you can comfortably sit around it and access from all sides.
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Perfect Campfire Tip #2: Get Everything Ready
The next step is to go ahead and get all of your materials together:
Rocks to surround the fire pit
Tinder (i.e. dry pine straw, leaves, paper, starter log, etc. )
Kindling (small branches/twigs)
Medium sized sticks
Large sticks/small logs
Ignition source/method (i.e. matches, lighter, magnesium fire starter, etc.)
Fire extinguisher (Just in case)
Even though you can forage for things once it gets started, it’s easier to go ahead and gather everything upfront. It does lead to a delay before you get the fire going, but you’ll appreciate the upfront work later, for two main reasons:
You won’t have to leave the warmth of the fire to gather more wood
You don’t need to worry about the safety aspect of leaving the fire burning
Once you place the rocks around the pit for safety, it’s time to start working on the fun part.
Perfect Campfire Tip #3: Start Small, Be Patient and Build Up
It’s easy to get impatient when building a fire. Patience is a virtue here because it takes a while for the fire to heat up.
Build a small mound of tinder and stack some kindling like a pyramid around it. The kindling shouldn’t be too thick though, because you need some room for the fire to breathe. Fire needs oxygen!
Now light the tinder in several spots. Assuming it’s dry enough, it will start slowly burning, then spread throughout the rest of the tinder pile. Keep an eye on the kindling, it should catch on fire shortly. If it doesn’t, add more tinder to the fire until the kindling alights.
Once the small sticks are ablaze, the hardest part is over. Your job now is to keep the fire burning by slowly adding new, slightly larger sticks for fuel. The fire will keep getting hotter, making it easier to add bigger sticks.
There you have it! Now that you have bigger sticks in the mix, you have a great campfire going. Stay safe, keep an eye on it, and enjoy a s’more or two!
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