How To Build The Perfect Campfire
Are you looking for tips on how to build the perfect campfire? Look no further! We offer everything you need to know from fire etiquette to campfire safety.
What is the first thing that you do once you arrive at your campsite? For most people, this is the time to immediately set up their campsite. A big part of getting your campsite ready to go is to get that fire going!
A campfire serves numerous purposes from helping you to stay warm and dry as well as cook some great campfire foods. They also help to deter animals from entering your campsite. However, for many people a campfire is a must have that symbolizes that their camping trip has really started!
7 Materials That You Will Need
Do you know what materials you will need to start your fire? Don’t worry, we got you covered!
Here is a list:
|1) Bucket||5) Fire Logs/ Wood|
|2) Water||6) Kindling|
|3) Dirt to build a fire bed||7) Matches or a Lighter|
3 Steps for Building the Perfect Fire
There are several schools of thoughts on how to build the perfect campfire that is going to be roaring for hours to come. Whatever your tactics may be, here are some tried and true steps that everyone needs to follow:
1. Create a Fire Bed
When camping, it is best to have a designated section that is surrounded by rocks or a pit that you can easily control. In addition, be sure that this fire is not going to be started anywhere near trees, bushes or anything that can easily catch fire.
2. Gather Wood
You are going to need a few different types of wood to make this fire. You need tinder, which to catches the fire easily. Some tinder materials that you can use include; dry leaves, wood shavings, dry bark and the like.
You will need kindling that is meant to keep the fire going. You can use twigs and small branches. The larger wood logs are what keeps the fire hot and going all night.
3. Lay the Fire!
There are several ways in which you can lay a fire. There is the teepee fire lay method, the lean-to-fire lay and even the log cabin fire lay. Which is the best for you? It really depends on what you are used to. Most people start with a lean-to-fire lay.
How To Lay The Fire
To do this, follow these steps:
A) Stick a long piece of kindling at a 30-degree angle on the ground. This is your starting piece and should be pointing towards the wind.
B) Under the support stick (the long piece of kindling) place a bundle of tinder.
C) Place a few small pieces of kindling around the tinder nest that you have created.
D) Lay pieces of kindling around the ground of your fire bed.
E) Light the tinder and watch it catch the kindling.
F) Place some small fire logs onto the fire so that these can catch.
G) As time progresses add more fire logs to keep the fire going.
Building an awesome campfire is often easier than what people realize. Once you have your campfire lit, the fun begins!
Fire Etiquette: Disposing of the Fire After Camping
Remember that part of building a great campfire is putting it out thoroughly when leaving. You don’t want your campfire to be the reason that trees and areas of the forest/woods are burnt to a crisp.
To put a fire out safely, remember these tips:
1. Start Early
It takes longer to put out a campfire than what most people realize. A good rule of thumb is to start 20 minutes before you decide to leave. Or better yet, start putting it out before packing up everything else.
2. Sprinkle Water Onto Ashes
Do not pour the water, as you don’t want to flood the fire bed, as others may be using it after you.
3. Stir The Embers
Stir the embers to ensure that they are getting water on them and are wet.
4. See & Listen
Once you don’t see smoke or hear the hissing embers, you may ready to leave. Take your hand and put it near the embers, do you still feel any heat?
If not, then you are good to go. Be sure to scoop up the ashes to dispose of them so that you are not leaving a mess for the next person.
Remember, never leave a campfire unattended that is still going or hot when you leave the campground. This is horrible etiquette and is often against the rules of many campgrounds. You want to leave the area in much the same way as you found it…and you did not find it with a roaring campfire when you first arrived.
Tips For Your Awesome Campfire And For Your Safety
Now that we covered how to build a great campfire, here are a few tips and tricks that campers often use:
- Dry wood always burns better. If the wood is to wet or even too ‘green’ it will result in a fire that smokes a lot.
- A good rule of thumb is that you want to build a fire that is just as tall as it is wide to make it perfect!
- You can bring your own tinder from home…dryer lint is a great fire starter!
- Always keep a bucket of water nearby as you don’t want this fire to get out of control.
- Always be sure that the fire goes out before you go to bed, as this is something that should be constantly monitored. Fire safety is highly important while building, maintaining and putting out a campfire!
- Do not use gasoline, lighter fluids or other flammable liquids to get your fire started. This can be dangerous as it has been known to come back on those who are starting the fire.
- If you are looking for wood for your fire, only choose those pieces that are on the ground. You want to leave the area in as good of shape as it was when you arrived. Cutting down a tree or ripping down limbs is not good etiquette. You can also bring your own, (if this is allowed, you will have to check with the individual area that you are camping in).
Building a campfire can be easier than what you think. This is a basic tutorial for a campfire. Many people develop their own tactics after camping several times and they find what works best for them.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to build an actual fire. The key is to be safe while doing so. Ensure that this fire handles your needs, whether this is cooking or just providing a peaceful ambiance while out camping.
For your next camping trip, are you ready to build an awesome campfire? Remember, the campfire is often the center of a camping site.
It is the area that everyone sits around, where food is cooked, laughs are shared and stories are talked about. That is why having an awesome campfire should be the first thing on your to-do list when you arrive at your campsite!
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