It goes without saying that a fire is a great way to keep warm when you are outdoors on a chilly evening or if you are looking to cook food or have s’mores with your kids. Do you know how to build a campfire that you can maintain? Whether you are out on a camping adventure or you want to build a nice fire to enjoy in your backyard, there are some easy tips that you can follow.
It is best that you always make sure that you place your fire pit at least 10 feet from any trees, structures, tents, dry leaves or anything else that is flammable if you do not have a fire ring available to use. Then, you need to have a flat area and dig down a couple of inches into the ground so that you can easily contain the fire. It is best that you check to make sure that you are not building the fire on top of any roots underneath the ground that could potentially catch on fire and then spread out.
Gather up kindling and firewood using fallen branches or campfire wood that you purchased. You can use either a firestarter log or gather up some straw or leaves that will help you to get the fire going initially. The drier the better when you want to be able to get a good bit of initial flame going.
Take the kindling and build a small pile with the starter material, allowing space for air to go through that will feed the fire. Take the twigs and make a pyramid or teepee, then light. Once this catches on, you can add on larger twigs piece by piece as they catch on as well. Finally, you can add the bigger pieces of wood to maintain the fire as long as you would like to use it.
After you build a campfire and are done using it, just make sure that you put it out completely, extinguishing every last ember to be safe.