How to Make a Campfire in 5 Steps

Last Updated: Mar 11 2019 15:40
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A great campfire brings people together, it means warming and eating a simple meal, telling stories while the light dances upon the faces of all who are present and sharing a feeling of camaraderie.

How to make the TV dream become your reality, you wonder? Well, it’s really not as difficult as it might initially seem, especially if you follow our quick and easy steps.

The key is being prepared with the right supplies and knowing what you're going to use your fire for so you can figure out the best type of campfire to meet your needs.

Here are five steps to the building — and extinguishing — the perfect campfire.

1. Preparing for a Campfire

The tinder must be dry, so it’s best to bring tinder with you from home instead of looking for it while camping. You can use a variety of household items as tinder.

2. Gather Your Resources

To build a roaring campfire, you’ll need to find three types of dry materials. (Yes, dry is essential!) The first type is tinder or material that will light immediately and get things going. Good examples of tinder include dry leaves, straw, and bark. You’ll need quite a lot of tinder since it burns up quickly, so gather more than you think you’ll need.

3. Create a Ring of Rocks

It’s good practice to use a ring of rocks to help contain the fire. Use dry rocks about the size of a clenched fist and space them apart so some air can still circulate at the bottom of the fire

4. Light Your Fire

When lighting your campfire you want to alight the tinder right in the centre as quickly as possible. Matches can get wet and easily blow out outdoors.

5. Add kindling and firewood as needed.

As the fire burns, the teepee structure will eventually collapse, and help feed the fire for some time. However, the flames may start to die down after a while. At that point, throw some kindling and firewood from your reserve pile onto the fire to maintain it.

When it’s time to put the fire out, gradually sprinkle water onto it and save the buckets of water or extinguisher for large fires that must be put out immediately.