One of the enjoyable activities any camper wants to do when camping is to build a campfire. It just seems it is not camping without a campfire. Following are some tips for not only building a fire; but, also some safety reminders for a safe and enjoyable campfire.
First, always be sure campfires are permitted in the site or area in which you are camping. Depending upon season and local fire ordinances, fires may not be permitted.
Second, if you are allowed to have an open fire, be sure it is in a fire-pit. Many campgrounds already have fire-pits available at campsites. If you are primitive camping, you can build your own fire-pit. The best way to do this is by using rocks within the general area. Chances are a fire-pit has already been built by a previous camper.
Obviously, dry wood and kindling is a must. If you do not have access to dry wood, most campgrounds have it in stock for a small fee.
Beware of the weather conditions, windy nights can play havoc in not only starting a fire but may cause damage to camping equipment, and not just yours. Common sense is a must here, if in doubt, play it safe.
Starting a fire is always the toughest part of a good campfire. Here is a fire starter that is compact and basically free. You probably have the ingredients around the house now. Very simply, you need a paper egg carton, crayons with the paper left on, and a container to melt the crayons in. Free crayons are easy to come by without purchasing. Your children or grandchildren have them lying around and they are always getting new boxes, use the old ones.
What, no children or grandchildren? If you know a preschool or elementary teacher, prevail on them to donate crayons as the end of the school year. Break up the crayons into a metal container, such as a coffee can, and heat until melted. You can do this on your gas grill, just leave the lid up. Once melted, pour into the egg carton. You now have 12 fire starters.
In your fire-pit, place your fire starter, “tepee” your kindling over the fire starter. Lite the fire starter. Caution, always light up-wind so you don’t burn yourself. After the kindling is burning you can now add the larger wood.
Remember, safety is a must. Never leave an open fire unattended. Always assist little campers when cooking their hot dogs or smores.