There’s something ever-so-comforting about building the perfect campfire. It really doesn’t matter what it is for: staying warm on a cold night, looking to cook or grill something, or even just making smores, the crackling sound of the fire and warmth that it produces make that moment with friends, family or even strangers, so much more enjoyable.
You could say that building the perfect campfire is an art. It’s not a complicated series of steps, but there’s certain complexity to the process. There are key things you’ll need: the perfect tinder, firestarter, and the appropriate conditions that will allow your fire to burn for longer.
Building the Perfect Campfire
Here’s your chance to perfect those campfire building skills. We hope this guide helps you get an amazing campfire in no time.
Get Set Up
Find a good spot that is shielded from the wind – hopefully, a place with no branches overhead. You don’t want to burn down any trees. Dig a pit that is about 6 to 12 inches deep and 3 or 4 feet in diameter.
Tinder and Timber
Here’s a misconception. Tinder and timber are not the same.
- Tinder is the material you use to start the fire. You need something that will catch fire easily – something dry that will burn quickly. It could be twigs, paper, dry leaves, wood shavings, pine needles – things like that.
- Additionally, you’ll need kindling, which will catch on fire after the tinder is gone.
- Very dry twigs are good kindling. Bend them to make sure they snap; otherwise, they won’t burn. Then, there’s timber, which is basically fuel wood like larger branches, logs, and split wood.
Creating a teepee-like structure is great for fire building because it allows airflow. First, go ahead and put the tinder loosely in the middle of the fire pit. Then, build your teepee out of kindling on top of the tinder.
Set the tinder on fire in a few different spots to make sure it starts burning. No need for gasoline here. If everything’s properly constructed, you should be able to start a fire without that.
Feed the Fire
Add in your fuel wood once the kindling is lit and the fire is hot enough. You can start with the smaller pieces of wood.
You’re good to go now. Bring out some marshmallows and enjoy the campfire!