Building a campfire is often associated with the strength and power of man. Even back in ancient times, fire was what provided them with heat, for light in the darkness, from the wild animals looking for a meal, and it was for cooking the food that they ate. Fire is no longer vital like it was back then, however, it still holds a strange magnetic power over us that attracts us to it. When sitting around the flames of a fire, it has the ability to generate pleasant conversations, build a bond for the individuals who are sitting around it, and the most common ability that fire has is that it inspires many legendary stories to be told while enjoying its warm in the cool evening. It also generates a cuddly and romantic feel to it for the couples who are enjoying each others company while sitting around it. Because of all of these amazing things that fire can develop, it is beneficial if you know exactly how to start a very good campfire.
As it is with any type of fire, you should always begin with safety first. Make sure to follow any rules that may be set for the area that you are creating the campfire. If there is a designated fire area within the camping area that you are at, then it is important to make sure and use it. You do not want to be responsible for creating a raging fire, and setting the nature around you to blaze. If you are camping in an area that is deep in the wilderness, without any fire area around, then make sure that you make a fire area before building it and make sure that it is safe. You will need to be sure and set this fire area directly on the bare earth, and not on top of grass, and if you do not have an area like this, then you should dig and rake the things around it that should be far away.
After you have accomplished and completed making the bed for the campfire, you will next need to gather up all of the necessary wood that you will need. Gathering up tinder is the first thing you will do, and this consists of dry wood, dry grass, wood shavings, and dry leaves that will catch fire quickly. After this, you will gather kindling because you can’t go straight to big logs because it will smother the fire. Kindling consists of small branches and small twigs that will catch fire a little slower than the tinder, but it is quick as well and is able to hold fire long enough to catch the fuel wood blazing. Fuel wood consists of thicker wood, however, make sure that you find branches that are about as thick around as your arm because big logs will take a long time to catch fire.
You can throw a couple of pieces of big logs on along with the smaller fuel wood, so that when it catches fire, it will be able to hold a hot fire for a longer period of time. A good tip to remember is that dry wood will catch fire quicker, and burn better than wet wood. So, find the branches and twigs that snap easily, therefore, you will know that they are dry enough to burn. Always gather up as much tinder, kindling, and fuel wood as you can, because you won’t realize it at first, but you will be using a lot of tinder and kindling to build and start your fire. So, make sure that you have enough.
In conclusion, it is important that you build your campfire properly and with the perfect dry pieces of wood. You will want to be sure that the fire is going to start quickly, and keep it going strong and hot as you are enjoying it. Keeping your campfire burning is an easy task to accomplish when you start it in the right way. It seems easy to create a campfire because most individuals believe that you just light wood on fire, however, it is a bit more complicated than this, and if it is not done in right way then it is possible that you will not be able to start a fire.