- 1: Check the Rules: Make certain a campfire is even allowed at your camping area.
- 2: Discover a pit - See if your campsite has pre made fire pits. If not, you'll have to make one.
- 3: Find an open area: To develop your very own fire pit, select a location at least ten feet far from brush or other quickly flammable products.
Do not forget to observe your surroundings! Fire pits ought to not be under branches.
- 4: Make a circle - Surround your fire pit with a circle of stones or rocks to keep your wood contained.
If you have a shovel or knife dig a shallow pit inside your circle of rocks. 7 to 9 inches will do.
- 5: Gather wood. You'll need three different types: tinder, such as small twigs and dry leaves; kindling, which are bigger sticks and branches still under an inch in size; and fuel wood, big pieces of wood that will burn for a while.
All wood ought to be dry and as without dirt, moss, and particles as possible. Pile it a minimum of 3 feet far from your fire pit.
- 6: Start with tinder - Start by placing a pile of tinder in the center of your fire pit.
- 7: Construct a kindling tepee - Using three or four pieces of your kindling, develop a tepee around the tinder.
- 8: Add more kindling - Add more kindling to the downwind side of your tepee, then continue around to the upwind side. Leave an opening on the upwind side that will permit you to ignite the tinder inside the tepee.
Fire needs oxygen, so make sure to leave area between the kindling in your tepee to let the fire breathe.
- 9: Lay the fuel wood - Lay 2 parallel pieces of fuel wood on opposite sides of the tepee. The ends should extend beyond your tepee. Lay 2 more pieces of wood on top of your very first 2, forming a square of fuel wood enclosing the tepee.
- 10: Keep layering - Continue laying fuelwood, developing to a box that looks like a log cabin. Two or three layers will be enough.
Make sure you can still access the tinder, which is now inside the kindling tepee, which is inside your fuel-wood cabin.
- 11: Light the fire Light the tinder in numerous various areas.
Stand upwind of your fire when you're lighting it to keep the wind from blowing out your match or lighter.
- 12: Feed it tinder - Add percentages of tinder up until the kindling catches fire.
- 13: Include kindling - Once the kindling fires up, change your focus on the fuel wood. As the kindling burns up, include more till the fuel wood sparks.
- 14: Feed the fire - When the fuel wood has actually captured on fire, continue feeding it with fuel wood as required.
Safety TIP: Keep tents at least 12 feet away from fire pits - if there is wind, totally extinguish the fire before settling in for the night.
Did You Know:
'Fight Hymn of the Republic,' the Union soldiers' informal anthem during the Civil War, is based upon a campfire melody that was popular in the South.