How To Build A Camp Fire

For many, the campfire is a beloved and indispensable outdoor tradition—a kinetic, luminous, dreamlike force of nature that for generations has served as the centerpiece of backwoods gatherings.

These are the key steps for building a successful campfire, as well as fire etiquette tips, whether you’re car camping or backpacking.

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1. Find or Build a Fire Ring

Campgrounds: Build fires only in designated fire rings, grills or fireplaces. Most developed campgrounds have some version of these. Using a fire ring will lesson your impact and keep your fire contained.

2. Gather Fire Wood

To burn a successful fire, you’ll need three types fuel: tinder, kindling and firewood.

•    Tinder includes small twigs, dry leaves, needles or forest duff.

•    Kindling consists of small sticks, typically less than one inch around.

•    Firewood is any larger piece of wood and is what will keep your fire going long into the night.


3. Build the Campfire

Cone: Start with a small cone of kindling around a few handfuls of tinder that are loosely piled in the center of the fire ring. Light it, and once the fire is going strong and the temperature increases, you can add larger logs a few at a time as needed.

Well Done! You have just successfully made a camp fire. These are skills you may need to know when our tribe ventures on our much anticipated upcoming overnight hike!

Zinhle Phakathi