Greetings happy campers and outdoors enthusiasts! Winter is finally ending and spring is about to blossom. It is an interesting and amazing time to enjoy the wilderness as wild plants and flowers start to wake up. It is also a great time of year to spend time camping and enjoying outdoor activities.
However, just like we mentioned in our last post, the chill may be on its way out, but it isn’t over yet. So, a nice, roaring campfire could become your best friend, especially at night. Since we already know how to put out a campfire, today we would like to share some tips on how to build it and keeping it going strong.
Pick Your Spot
In Colorado State Parks and basically any U.S. State Parks and natural campsites, you can find assigned campfire pits or rings. However, from time to time you might be camping where there are no such areas. Unless you find yourself under these circumstances or you are lost in the woods, always use the campfire rings.
The Location is everything when it comes to a campfire. Look around a little in order to select the best spot to start the fire. Avoid building the campfire under dry, hazardous conditions.
Keep your tent at least fifteen feet away from the burning site. Look out for shrubs, trees or other flammable objects. Also, beware of low-hanging branches overhead.
Dig A Pit
- Try to choose a spot that’s downwind and protected from wind gusts.
- In order to keep the campfire from spreading, clear a 10-foot diameter area around the site. Scrape away litter, duff, grass, twigs, leaves, firewood and any burnable material. Then, dig a pit in the dirt, about a foot deep.
- Circle the pit with rocks. A good bed of coals or a small fire surrounded by rocks gives plenty of heat.
Setting Your Campfire
- Once the pit is ready, filled it with small pieces of dry wood; never rip or cut branches from living trees.
- Check the wind direction and place your unused firewood upwind and away from the fire.
- Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.
Building The Structure
Campfires must be less than three feet in height and four feet in diameter. Only charcoal or untreated wood can be used as fuel. Start building a campfire with tinder, or small twigs, dry leaves or grass. Then, add kindling or twigs smaller than one inch around. These smaller sticks will help ignite larger pieces of wood, which fuel the fire and keeps it going.
- Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter.
- Be sure your match is out. Wait until it is cold and discard it in the fire.
- Add more tinder as the fire grows.
- Blow lightly at the base of the fire.
- Add kindling and firewood to keep the fire going.
Always try to keep your campfire small and under control. And remember never to leave it unattended. In a matter of seconds, even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread quickly.
To put it out, -once you are done for the night, follow the steps mentioned in our previous post. Remember to keep near you, a bucket of water or sand just in case.
Colorado has amazing options to enjoy the wilderness and Mile Hi Rafting offers the best tours available. Don’t forget that you can add camping when you book any of our adventures, such as whitewater rafting or ATV tours.