When we all hear the word ‘camping’, we picture green and fresh view of nature. The feeling of spending days in the woods excites everybody, but the most exciting thing of all is setting up a campfire.
Most people think that a campfire is just to ward off the cold winds that flow during the night, but there are a number of other features as well, which are offered by a campfire. All the campers can sit together and enjoy delicious food.
But, now the question arises that how can one set up a campfire? It is not that difficult, but you need to follow certain tips in order to set up a campfire in the easiest of the ways.
Gather all the necessary tools
If you think that accumulation of wood logs, then placing them together and lighting them is a campfire, then it’s not. You would probably need a tinder, which is one of the most efficient burning materials for starting a campfire.
Today, tinder comes in many different types such as, cardboard, wood shavings, wax, fire starters, wadded paper and more.
After that you have to use the firewood in order to invite the campfire. Make sure that the firewood is dry, so that it burns easily. Keep in mind that you don’t break the branches of the trees, as this may land you in big trouble because of the ban on breaking tree branches.
After you made the entire structure, you have to light the campfire, which can be done with the help of a matchstick or gas lighters.
Build the fire
In order to start a campfire, you are supposed to build it in the right manner. There are many ways by which, you can build a campfire, but one of the best ways is, create a fire ring.
You must be having charcoal and ash from fires that you have put on previously, so you have to push them to the outer edge of the fire ring.
This will help you get a sufficient room to put on a new fire. After you are done camping, you have to put the ashes in the plastic bag for an optimum disposal.
You can also use dead grass in order to create a fire pit. You can also use dead vegetation as well along with some bare dirt.
It will help you create an efficient fire pit, which you can throw around the sides of the pit and the firewall. In order to restrict the fire, you can also place large stones/rocks around the pit’s edges.
There are different types of fire that you can choose as the campfire. These are;
- Lean-to Fire.
- Cross Fire.
- Teepee Fire.
- Log Cabin Fire.
How to light the fire?
You have built a fire using all the necessary tools, but now, it’s time to enjoy the fire. You have to use the burning materials in a huge quantity in order to ensure that the fire starts off quickly and remains lit for a long period of time.
You must also have some extra woods, but keep them in a separate place, so that they don’t get mixed up with the main fire and increase the flames. The fire has to remain in a controlled manner, otherwise bad incidents could occur.
Putting Out the Fire
Once you have enjoyed the campfire and now, returning to your home, then don’t forget to put out the campfire. Simply pouring the water onto the fire will not be a great idea. You have to sprinkle the water as it will put out the fire in a slow yet proper way.
At the same time, you have to take a stick and check all the coals if they have gotten wet or not. If you don’t hear any hissing sounds, then it means that the campfire has been properly put out.
Also, take care of all the safety aspects because you don’t want to get in trouble after setting up a campfire. Have reliable fire extinguishing and other safety products in your grasp is very important. Moreover, you should also know whether it is allowed in the area to set up a campfire or not.
If the camping authorities has not allowed, then you can’t set up a campfire, otherwise they will penalize you. Keep these things in mind and you’ll do just fine at the camping trip.
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