Building The Perfect Camp Fire

There is really nothing more enjoyable than a warm and crackling camp fire when camping on a brisk night in October. The camp fire offers some tremendous benefits to you as a camper whether you are on a camp out with the family, an excursion with friends, a high adventure trek into the wilderness or just a weekend with the Boy Scouts. Some of the great benefits of building and maintaining a well built camp fire are…

But of all these benefits, just the moments of friends and family gathering around a warm fire talking about life and sharing stories is one of the great joys of camping out. But there is a misconception that making a fire is as simple as a match and a log. To become an expert at building camp fires, it’s good to learn some techniques that will help you succeed every time you build a fire for your camping companions.

Safety is always job one in any camping outing and that goes double for working with fire in the wilderness. Before you even leave for your camp out, pack a shovel and some buckets to keep water near the fire site at all times. In that way, you are always ready if things get out of hand with the fire. In addition, spend some time in your camp site thinking about the fire, where you will build it and what safety considerations must be taken. The location and preparation for the camp fire is just as important as any safety precaution you take. Here are some important things to keep in mind…

 

There is a trick to building a good fire. Remember a fire consists of three elements, oxygen, spark and fuel. You cannot just throw 3-4 large logs in a fire, light the bark and expect the fire to be roaring in moments. So follow this procedure…

You should be thinking about your camp fire needs even before you leave to go camping. Not all public camping grounds have loose wood for you to burn. So find out if they allow you to harvest wood from the park. If not, bring your own from home or buy it on the way to the camp out. Also be careful to keep your firewood dry. You can keep it in the vehicles or under them overnight if you think you will have rain that will soak your wood and make it much more difficult to light your morning camp fire. Another good trick is to take a tarp just for fire wood. You can gather extra fire wood early in the camp out and put it under the tarp to keep it dry should it rain in the night.

By thinking ahead and learning the tricks of the trade for building camp fires, you are sure to be the hero of the camp out because you know how to build and take care of the fire. Don’t forget your safety rules in putting out the fire before going to bed and before leaving your camp out for home. Be responsible about fire so everyone will come home safe and with lots of good memories. And your mature approach to your camp fires will keep the camp sites and forests safe so we can all enjoy them next year and for many years to come.

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