How to Make a Campfire


Making a campfire isn't as hard as it may seem. Most cabins and cottages will have a firepit along the property for your enjoyment. If there is no firepit then you will have to prepare the site for your fire on a bare, flat surface.
A few things to keep in mind before starting your campfire: Never leave the fire unattended, always leave a bucket of dirt or water nearby in case of an emergency, and if you must leave the campfire be sure to extinguish the fire (see instructions below).

Step #1: Gather Firewood. Some vacation cabins and cottages will have this already supplied for you. If not you will have to do some collecting. Look in the woods for DRY wood and leaves that are on the ground. You will want branches, sticks, twigs, splinters, chips and leaves. Please do not cut down tree limbs or stumps from standing trees, this isn't allowed! Also don't pick up green wood, as it has too much sap and won't burn efficiently.

Step #2: Start your Campfire. Begin by placing a small amount of dry leaves and small twigs on the bottom of your firepit. Then make a teepee shape around that with small branches and sticks. Next surround the teepee with larger branches and sticks, piled on top of each other to the height of the teepee. Then place some more sticks across the teepee., laying them on top of the other branches (to almost cover the teepee.) and leave room for air to circulate under the branches. Add some larger branched to the side of the others. Drop a match onto the leaves and if they are dry they will catch fire. Once the campfire starts to grow you should add some larger branches on the top.

Step #3: Maintain your Campfire. Continue to add large branches and dry pieces of wood to your fire as needed. Be sure to keep your eye on the fire and keep it at a reasonable size. If your fire looks like it could become unmanageable extinguish it immediately.

Step #4: Extinguish your Campfire. You must extinguish your campfire before leaving it. Let the fire slowly die down, so be sure to stop adding wood once you know you will be leaving it soon. Once the fire looks as though it has stopped throw plenty of water over the wood and ashes. Be careful this may expend a lot of smoke and heat so watch your eyes! Also, check under the ashes to make sure there isn't any burning occurring.


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