Smores at night, cowboy coffee, eggs & bacon in the frosty morning… all hallowed camping traditions. And all surrounding a crackling, glowing fire! This is the key to social camping! The fire pit becomes the center of all conversations in the frosty morning, or chilly evening.
Building a fire has challenged urban dwellers for years. Unless you were a Boy or Girl Scout, chances are this blog will help ease your mind as you take your family camping.
Now anyone can light a Duraflame and toss some logs on top for effect, and we do recommend this as a last resort. But for those who would like the experience of camping, to taste and feel fully sufficient out in the wild, here are some great step by step directions on how to build a fire. We’ll even give you three different formations to try!
- Gather the following: tinder (small twigs, dried leaves, or dry needles), kindling (small sticks, smaller than an inch in diameter) and logs (larger pieces of dry wood).
- Determine the campfire location and make sure there is a ring of rocks encircling the fire to keep the fire from catching to nearby grasses.
- Pile all the tinder in the center of the camp fire pit
- Choose a campfire design:
- Tipi – the classic campfire design. Place the kindling over the tinder in the design of a tipi, their tips touching above the tinder. Once you get the fire going, and the kindling has caught fire, place larger logs in the shape of a tipi surrounding the flame.
- Criss-cross – To nail this design simple criss-cross the kindling over the tinder. Once it catches flame, add larger wood pieces on top to maintain the blaze.
- Log Cabin – Outline the tinder with the kindling, stacking pieces in right angles until the tinder is enclosed with the four walls of the cabin. Add a roof to the cabin with the rest of the kindling. Leave a little room to light the tinder. Once the cabin is on fire, feel free to start adding larger wood pieces to it.
- Add more tinder as the initial flame grows into a fire.
- Blow lightly at the base of the fire to get the flame to grow. Remember oxygen feeds flames, so if the flame is going out, chances are there is not enough oxygen getting to the flame.
- Keep the fire small and under control.