How to build a campfire

If you plan to take your family on a camping trip this summer and you expect to have that wonderful memory of sitting around the campfire, you’ll need to know how to create and maintain your campfire safely for your family and loved ones as well as the wooded areas you’ll be camping in. Building and enjoying a campfire safely is not difficult, but you’ll want to follow all the steps appropriately. Start with a clear, open spot away from your family camping tent and make sure no trees or vegetation is overhanging above.

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If you don’t have an existing fire ring, you can dig your own fire pit that is roughly 2 feet in diameter and 12″ deep. The area around the fire pit should also be cleared by at least 8 feet. Use the soil that you’ve dug up to form a wall around the perimeter of the pit and act as a windbreak. You can also use rocks to build this wall, but take care to never use any rocks that have been near water, as the moisture trapped inside can boil and cause the rock to explode.

Kindling is the base foundation of a fire. It is made of lightweight materials that are capable of burning quickly and igniting heavier materials. Kindling is best made of a mixture of dry sticks, chips or shaved wood, dried leaves or newspaper can also be used You can also use the bark off trees like hickory or oak. Using small sticks to form a tepee then light your fire and get it started. Sticks will be used to hold your fire structure together and light even larger pieces of wood. Properly aligning sticks will allow oxygen into the fire. Sticks used should be 1-2 inches in diameter, and broken to fit inside the fire pit. It’s important that sticks are dry. Now it’s time to start placing your logs onto the fire.

The type of logs you use is important in the next step. Evergreen woods like pine, spruce and cedar should be your last choice for wood. These trees have a lot of sap and crackle and smoke more than hardwoods like oak. So go for the hardwoods when planning your campfire. Naturally, you need dry wood. You will not be able to build a fire that can dry logs well enough to burn. Hopefully you will have a source of dry wood. If your campfire goes out start over with the same process and remember to practice patience. Throwing loads of trash and paper plates in a campfire that was not planned well from the start will do little for your efforts. Also remember to not throw plastics in your campfire. This material is not biodegradable, it is toxic and it leaves a horrible mess for the next family to use the fire pit.

Do you need any camping gear or picnic baskets for the new camping season?

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One Response to “How to build a campfire”

  1. Sheri Fresonke Harper Says:

    Wow, I love a roaring fire, your instructions sound great.
    🙂 Sheri

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