3 Important Steps on How to Start a Campfire

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A campfire is a favorite summer activity where you put up in a tent, with family, friends, and community and the most interesting part is at night where you would be expected to start a campfire, to stay warm throughout the cold night, chatting, partying or just staring into the night with family and friends. Making a campfire isn’t that difficult. Listed below are steps you will need in order to start a campfire.

STEP 1: Tools needed to START a campfire

In order to build a great campfire, you would need the following:

Tinder: Tinders are small pieces of dry stuff that burn easily, which can be used for lighting fires. They include dry grass, wadded paper, dead twigs, wax, wood shavings, and dryer lint.

Kindling: Secondly, you would need to gather small dry sticks which will be used to start a fire.

Firewood: This is the main tool when building a campfire. Firewood can be various of sizes and length.

Matches: These are used to start the fire; however, lighters are becoming more commonly used than the matches.

STEP 2: Start a campfire

To start a campfire, you would have to build your fire pit yourself, by clearing any dry grasses and other unwanted dirt around the area you wish to set up the campfire. Dig into the cleared region setting the loose dirt aside for some urgent use. Make a bed of tinder about a foot in diameter inside the fire ring.

If you are building the campfire at a site that has a fire ring, I would suggest you push the ash and charcoal from the previous fires to the outer edge of the ring to give room for the new fire.

The Tee and Pee Fire

Here you wind your kindling into a teepee shape, create an enormous teepee of firewood over your kindling then light. The flames bolster through the kindling then into the properly arranged woods. This method is actually good for cooking.

The Lean-Tee Fire

This method involves putting a long piece of firewood into the ground just above your log of wood at about an angle of 30 degrees with the other end of the stick sticking out into the wind. Build a tent with the slender smaller pieces of firewood. Light the gathered firewood, add more firewood.

The CrossFire

Lay your firewood across the tinder bed in a traversed pattern, after which you add your logs of wood. This is perfect for a long-lasting fire.

The Drift Wood Cabin Fire

This is made by gathering a log of firewood in a teepee manner over your wood after which you proceed to put down three logs of wood on both sides of the cone. Add two more logs on top of these forming a square. Build a cabin using smaller chunks of firewood. This creates a long-lasting fire.

STEP 3: Put on the Fire

It’s finally time to sit down and comfortably have a feel for your efforts. Don’t forget to safely keep kids and your pets away. Light the firewood from various angles, avoid spraying charcoal fluid into the fire because the flames could erupt towards your direction and burn you. Lastly, avoid the use gasoline.

Once your campfire is ready, keep putting additional woods, but be careful not to build flames too high. Lastly, ensure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and never leave the fire unattended too even for a moment.

Extinguish the Fire

At the end of the evening, ensure you totally extinguish your campfire. First, sprinkle water; take note not to pour water on the flames, to avoid flooding. Secondly, stir the remains of the burnt firewood with a shovel or long stick while sprinkling water to be certain the coals are properly quenched. Finally, before leaving the fire area, ensure the fire has been properly out by place placing your hand a couple of close distance t above the wet ashes. If you the fire is completely out, you won’t feel any heat if you, you stand the chance of feeling some degree of heat. You and your family can safely enjoy your campfire evening with the appropriate fire ring, tinder, kindling, firewood, and selecting your preferred kind of campfire.

Remember to Stay Safe

An essential factor to be considered when you are getting acquainted with how to make a campfire is safety. These points should be considered before starting a wildfire.

  • Are campfires permitted in the locality? Endeavor to find out if campfires are allowed in your areas. Check out for posted signs, or make injuries.
  • Is the proposed campsite adequately prepared? Remove any flammable, debris; make sure there is enough dirt surrounding the fire region. Ensure there are no hovering tree branches around the area because of the catch fire easily.
  • Weather conditions This is one of the most important factors to be put into considerations. An impending storm can effortlessly disrupt a campfire therefore always wait for harmless weather conditions.
  • Is there safety equipment? Ensure there are shovels nearby and few kegs of water. Water is preferred because a progressive and continuous inflow tends to keep things in place.

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