‘Round the Campfire

By Bear Lake Staff / September 25, 2013

If you are a Bear Laker, odds are you have built a campfire.  Or, you’ve tried and it didn’t quiiiiiite work out as planned (it’s okay, the firewood was probably just wet!).  Building a campfire can be difficult if it is something you haven’t done before or if you aren’t sure what to do; it can also be a dangerous thing to do if you are uncertain of what you are doing.  We would hate for anyone to miss out on S’Mores, stories around the fire, or the opportunity to strum along on the guitar, so we checked out Smokey the Bear’s website for how to safely build a fire!

Step One – Gather your firewood.  You will need three different types, tinder, kindling, and fuel.  Each type of wood will be used for a different purpose when starting you fire.  Each type will have different characteristics, here is what to be looking for:

  • -Tinder – Small twigs, dry leaves or grass, dry needles
  • -Kindling – Sticks smaller than 1” around
  • -Fuel – Larger pieces of wood

Step Two – Loosely pile a few handfuls of the tinder wood into your fire pit or fire ring.

Step Three – Add kindling to your fire.  There are a few different methods when adding your kindling; the method you choose should be based on what you plan to do with your fire.  Methods you can use are:

  • -Tipi (for cooking) – Lay the kindling over the tender like you are building a tent.
  • -Cross (for a long-lasting campfire) – Crisscross the kindling over the tender.
  • -Lean-to (for cooking) – Drive a long piece of kindling into the ground at an angle over the tinder.  Lean smaller pieces of kindling over the smaller piece.
  • -Log Cabin (longest lasting campfire) – Surround your pile of tender with kindling, stacking pieces at right angles.  Top the “cabin” with your smallest pieces of kindling.

Step Four – Using a match or a lighter, light the kindling.

Step Five – When the match is cold, dispose of the match into the fire.

Step Six – As your fire starts to grow and build, add more tinder to the fire.

Step Seven – Carefully and lightly blow at the base of the fire.

Step Eight – To keep the fire going, add kindling and firewood.

Step Nine – Remember to keep your fire small and under control.

It is important to keep a close eye on your campfire when it is burning.  Make sure to properly maintain and extinguish your campfire once you are finished with it (Smokey the Bear’s orders!!).  We want to keep our home safe and as beautiful as ever!

To see the original article on Campfire Safety, visit http://www.smokeybear.com/build-campfire.asp.

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