Essential Camping: How to Build the Perfect Fire

Outdoor activities are amazing so if you’re thinking about having a beach party or going camping adventure, it’s essential that you learn how to make fire. Remember that before making a fire you should check that it is possible in the area and that you are not endangering anyone, as well as the flora and fauna of the place. If necessary, also ask for permission. Learn these tips well and you will be able to make a fire easily.

Steps to follow:

Dig a hole. Think that it should be big enough to cover the fire and remember that the hole should be far from trees, camping areas, etc.

To make sure the fire will be safe, surround the fire with rocks.

In the center of the hole put two logs or pieces of wood in a parallel way. This will be the base of the structure that we will form to light the fire.

Then place a pile of tinder: wood chips, logs, newspaper… With all these materials, you will be able to light the fire.

On top of the tinder put dry chips. Make them stand at an angle to the wood and then place another bundle of chips, leaving some space to light the fire. You should repeat the process until you see that the pile is about knee-high.

Around the fire place large pieces of wood vertically and make a kind of tent with the logs. With this structure you will be able to enclose the pile of tinder and splinters that you have created.

Light the fire.

Try not to throw the structure away. To fan the flame we recommend that you blow gently and then enjoy the heat of your fire without danger.

As you can see, it’s a simple process and now that you know how to make your own fire and you want to go straight to the action, you’ll be wondering what kind of wood to use and where to get it.

To create a successful fire, you need three types of materials: tinder, sticks and wood. Make sure it’s dry.

– Tinder: Small branches, leaves or dry grass.

– Sticks: These are small, thin sticks.

– Firewood: It is any large piece of wood and it is what will keep the fire burning during the night.

Note that you can keep track of this process by creating a step-by-step checklist so that you don’t forget a single detail.

Keep in mind.

Camps: Use only local firewood. Do not bring wood if you travel more than 75 km away. Why? To avoid the introduction of non-endemic (local) insects into a forest.

Natural parks: Collect only wood that is on the ground and far from its site. Never cut living trees or break branches of standing trees, even dead trees. Birds and wildlife make use of dead branches.

Once you locate the material, you must transport it to the place where you will make your fire. Many times these places are far from where we will light the fire, and although we can move a few pieces in our arms, many end up falling to the ground and hurting us in various parts of our body, which ends up turning an adventure experience into a real nightmare.

That’s why we recommend you to use a Log Carrier Bag for Firewood. This way you will be able to transport the wood safely avoiding any type of injury or scratches that usually happen when we lift the load with our arms.  It is also very useful to be able to take short breaks when the distances are long.

Putting out your fire

Put out the fire by pouring water over them, separate the ashes and then apply more water. Repeat as much as you need. The ashes should be cool to the touch before you leave the site. Make sure the coals are cold before you leave.

Never leave a fire unsupervised!

Clean your fire

Burn the garbage only if it can be completely consumed by the fire. Do not burn plastic, cans or aluminium foil. If you do burn something that has not been completely consumed, pick up the remains when the fire is out and take it with you or put it in a trash receptacle.

When you are in the field, pack any trash left inside your fire ring well. Pull out any charcoal pieces left inside, move them away from your site, crush the pieces, and then spread the debris and dust over a wide area. Destroy any structures you have built.

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