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How to Build a Campfire

Now that you have prepared your pit, it's time to build your campfire. Follow these steps to have a safe and fun time.


  1. Gather three types of wood
    • Tinder (small twigs, dry leaves or grass, dry needles)
    • Kindling (sticks smaller than 1" around)
    • Fuel (larger pieces of wood)
  2. Loosely pile a few handfuls of tinder in the center of the fire ring/pit
  3. Add kindling in one of these methods:
    • Tipi (Good for cooking)
      Lay the kindling over the tinder like you're building a tent.
    • Cross (Perfect for a long-lasting campfire)
      Crisscross the kindling over the tinder.
    • Lean-to (Good for cooking)
      Drive a long piece of kindling into the ground at an angle over the tinder. Lean smaller pieces of kindling against the longer piece.
    • Log Cabin (Longest lasting campfire)
      Surround your pile of tinder with kindling, stacking pieces at right angles. Top the "cabin" with the smallest kindling.
  4. Ignite the tinder with a match or lighter
  5. Wait until the match is cold, and discard it in the fire
  6. Add more tinder as the fire grows
  7. Blow lightly at the base of the fire
  8. Add kindling and firewood to keep the fire going
  9. Keep the fire small and under control


Maintaining and Extinguishing Your Campfire
Safety doesn't stop when the fire's burning. It's time to learn how to safely maintain and extinguish your campfire

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