How to Build a Fire

| 9/3/2020 6:48:00 AM

We’ve been camping in our RV for the past month in national parks, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Forest Service campsites. Last night we were camping at elevation so it got pretty cold. In the morning as we went about our camping chores we could see our breath. I said to my husband, “Let’s have a campfire tonight.”

I started my fire building career when I was a girl scout years ago before the dawn of time. Also, our family would go into the timber on Iowa wintry nights and have a campfire cookout. Now I build fires in our home woodstove and I'm taking these skills on our camping trip. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years: there’s not one way to build a campfire. It depends on what you want to do but the building blocks are similar for each type.

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Before you start choose a safe spot!

Clear away anything close that might catch fire. Don’t start a fire near dry grasses or brush especially in windy conditions! It’s very annoying to start the next 50,000 acre wildfire. Make a stone fire ring if possible. The base of your fire pit should be soil, gravel or sand.

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