How To Build A Perfect Campfire

Campfires are great and indispensable parts and parcel of the typical camping venture. However, they are generally susceptible to strong winds and excess precipitation. Moreover, the smoke that arises from such fires may also suffocate you or predispose you to the risks of lung infections. It is for these reasons that you want to know how best to set your campfire.

We have carried out extensive research into the issue and are going to let you know the best ways and means to achieve this noble goal.

Tools and Materials Required

  • ​Tinder
  • Wood fuel
  • Paraffin
  • Matchbox
  • Stones

​Step-​By-Step Procedures

Step I: Choose a suitable spot

The first and perhaps the most significant step is to select a suitable spot to erect the campfire. As a general rule, the spot of choice has to be no less than three meters (10 feet) from any inflammable items such as your tents or any overhanging trees. This, of course, is necessary to prevent the possibilities of the outbreak of any fire.

It is also great for the area to be shielded from strong winds for the same reason stated above. Other than this, the spot has to have a comfortably large apron to give room for your protection and that of the environment. Lastly, the spot has to be flat and completely clear.

​Step II: Prepare the spot appropriately

After identifying the right spot, you now have to prepare it appropriately for the subsequent role of installing the campfire. Dig a circular pit that has a diameter of approximately 3 feet and a depth of around 6 inches. Finish off by placing some large stones and bricks round about the pit to secure the fireplace firmly.

In case it is excessively windy or rainy, you might also want to fix a tepee over the fireplace. This is a tent that is shaped in the form of a cone. It is made of animal skins which are fixed upon some wooden poles. The structure generally plays the role of shielding the fire from harsh external weather elements.

​Step III: Gather the necessary wood

After preparing the fireplace well, you now have to gather the wood which you will burn as the fuel. Look for strong and extremely dry wood. They are the one which will keep the fire burning in the long run.

To be able to light up the wood fuel, you will require some tinder. These are dry and flammable materials like wood or paper. In case you cannot find any, you have to look for dry pieces of papers which are lighter such as old newspapers. Paraffin can also do well in case all the aforementioned materials are inaccessible.

​Step IV: Lay out the firewood

You are now ready to start lighting the fire. You have to first and foremost lay out the wood fuel accordingly. Be careful to place the larger and thicker pieces of wood at the base of the fireplaces and then top up with smaller pieces.

Pile the wood fuel atop each other, leaving some spaces in between them. Fill the spaces using the tinder materials. You might also want to pour some paraffin to expedite the lighting process. It is of utmost necessity that both the wood fuel and the tinder be excessively dry to allow for easier lighting and burning.

​Step V: Light the fire

Lastly, light the fire. Strike a match stick and then drop it on the tinder which is at the center of the fireplace. In case the venue of your campsite is situated in a windy environment, consider using the cigarette lighters as they are more stable and less prone to the issues of wind.

You might also want to fan the flame to help it get started. Using a flat plate or a special fan to do the job. Be sure that the fire is completely blown up before proceeding to the next step.

​Step VI: Build up the fire

In this final step, you will now put in place measures that are aimed at enhancing the strength of the flame. This basically entails adding more wood fuel to the flame to make it brighter and stronger. At the same time, you have to keep fanning the flame to make it even brighter and steadier. This last step has no end as you will keep adding more fuel until you complete preparing your dishes.

​Final Verdict

​As you go about the business of lighting the campfire, be mindful of the rules and regulations that govern your jurisdiction. You definitely would not want to ruffle feathers with the local authority or endanger yourself with the risks of fire outbreaks. Lastly, consider also putting on the various safety gears to shield yourself from the risks of fire outbreaks and other smoke-related issues.

Daniel Sturm

I started this blog to provide the guideline, you towards a better and more comfortable hiking experience. I deliver more than hiking, camping and backpacking guideline.

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