How to build a long-lasting warm campfire for your camping activities

Simply lighting a fire is very simple. But if you want to keep it burning and enjoy the warmth it brings, you need a little trick. The following is our summary guide, hope to bring warmth to your camping trip.

1. Preparation

Fire is very unstable.

Don’t use fire casually, because if it is left unattended or in bad conditions, it will quickly get out of control.

First of all, in forest areas where there are obvious warning signs that no fire is allowed, please follow the rules and do not try to light a fire.

If possible, please see below.

If the camp has an existing fire pit, use it directly to protect the surrounding soil and vegetation.

If there is no fire pit, dig a new one in the open area and make sure it is at least 3 meters away from bushes and other plants and tents.

If possible, choose a place where there is not much wind and make sure that the fire pit is at least 0.3 meters deep to prevent the fire from being blown by strong winds.

After the fire pit is completed, surround a little stone to provide a safe buffer.

Finally, put something that can extinguish the fire nearby, such as a bucket of water or a shovel that can shovel dirt, in case you need it.

2. Collect wood

When collecting wood, look at the ground and only collect dead wood.

Cutting down a living tree is very unenvironmental, and you can’t use it to make a fire.

Closer to home, you need to collect three types of wood, namely tinder, firelighter, and fuel wood.

Tinder, that is, very flammable small objects, such as pine needles, cotton wool, etc., they can easily catch sparks.

A firelighter, a small wooden stick two to three centimeters long, can help the flame grow.

Fuel wood, that is, larger wood, usually has a diameter of at least 10 cm, so that your bonfire will last until late at night.

3. Construction technology

The basic steps of life: Put a small pile of tinder in the middle of the fire pit, then light it, and slowly add more tinder. After the tinder burns stably, add the firelighter slowly, and then add the fuel material after stabilization. How to place these three types of wood depends on what kind of bonfire you want.

1. a dome tent

Advantages: simple production, fast ignition speed

Disadvantages: need to add wood frequently

Operation method: Put a pile of tinder at the bottom, and then carefully place the firelighter around the tinder like a cone. Carefully light the tinder to allow the firelighter to fully burn. After the firelighter burns stably, pile up the fuel material like a cone above the flame.

2. Cabin

Advantages: It does not need to be treated frequently, and it can generate hot charcoal by itself.

Disadvantages: more wood is required and it takes longer to build.

Operation method: Put the tinder and the firelighter in the middle of the fire pit, and put the two burning materials on both sides in parallel. Then place two pieces of fuel material vertically on top of the fuel material, and the ends of the upper and lower layers of fuel material meet to form a square. Depending on the situation, pile up three to four layers, and then light the tinder and the firelighter.

3. Pyramid

Advantages: no need for care, long-lasting burning

Disadvantages: a large amount of wood is required, the flame position is higher, and the risk of fire is higher

Operation method: This is a rare structure. When you need a bonfire to burn for a long time and don’t want to deal with it often, the pyramid structure is a good choice. First, place the largest fuel material side by side at the bottom, and then place a slightly smaller fuel material side by side on the top layer, perpendicular to the first layer, and then put the third layer of fuel material like the second layer. Normally, three layers are enough. If you want to make the fire last longer, you can continue to stack more layers with fuel. The fuel on the upper layer should be smaller than the fuel on the bottom layer, and don’t stack too high. Finally, at the top of the pyramid, set up a small tent-style bonfire. Then light it, and it will continue to light your pyramid.

4. Extinguish it!

After a warm bonfire is built, it is maintained by regularly adding fuel materials. But be careful not to stack them too tightly to avoid the flames from extinguishing because there is no oxygen. To reduce the risk of fire, keep the campfire as small as possible after keeping it warm enough.

When you are ready to extinguish the campfire and leave, it is best to let the wood burn completely to ashes. If you don’t have time to wait this long, pour some water on the fire to make sure that all the wood is poured, not just the wood that is burning. If there is no water, it is possible to shovel sand and dirt onto the fire. Follow the guidelines below, get close to it, and if you feel hot, continue to figure out how to cool it down.

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