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Dig A Pit

Whether building a campfire pit yourself, or preparing a pit that you found on your campsite, there are some safety tips you should follow.

 

Building Your Campfire Pit from Scratch

Some campsites have unsuitable pits or may not offer pre-made pits at all. If this is the case:

  1. Choose a spot that's downwind protected from wind gusts, and at least 15 feet from your tent and gear.
  2. Clear a 10-foot diameter area around the site. Remove any grass, twigs, leaves and firewood. Also make sure there aren't any tree limbs or flammable objects hanging overhead.
  3. Dig a pit in the dirt, about a foot deep.
  4. Circle the pit with rocks.
  5. Your campfire pit is built and ready for preparation!

 

Preparing Your Campfire Pit:

Before you start your campfire, you need to prepare your pit.

  1. Fill the pit with small pieces of dry wood; never rip or cut branches from living trees.
  2. Place your unused firewood upwind and away from the fire.
  3. Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby.

 

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