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Building a campfire can be easy if you do it right.
Follow these simple campfire tips you won't have any problems.
Here Is What You Are Going To Need.
Make sure you gather all the materials you need before you start and don’t forget your Heritage Campfire Kit. You need three things for your campfire: burning material, ignition and oxygen.
The Campfire Kit features a collection of classic fire-starting necessities. The wood handled fire starter used with the included tender can help start a fire even in the worst conditions. Comes with tinder, kindling, a wood handled fire starter, and an instructional fire-starting card set, all in a rustic burlap carrying bag.
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Having Good Oxygen Flow Is Vitally Important For Your Fire.

Keep a good flow of oxygen when setting up your campfire. Don’t put on too much wood when starting the fire because you will smother it before it gets going.
People will say, “all you need is one match”. You’re not a man unless you can light a fire with just one match. Here’s what I say “forget that”. Why care what they think. Your goal is to start a fire. Always use the most efficient tools for this job.

I recommend you use a windproof butane lighter.  Remember to have waterproof matches and even a magnesium fire starter in your personal survival kit and practice with them often. When you use a windproof butane lighter, you can easily get a fire going in any condition. I have used a windproof butane lighter to start hundreds of campfires and have had it fail only because I forgot to make sure it was full of butane.

There Are 3 Types Of Material You Need To Start A Fire.

Tinder, kindling and large pieces of firewood.
Tinder is a light dry material that burns quickly and easily. Some other things you need are shredded newspaper, twigs, dry pine needles, wood shavings, cotton balls with Vaseline applied to them.
Kindling is thin pieces of wood that will easily catch fire when you apply the lit tinder to it.
Larger pieces of wood are wrist to leg size branches and logs.

Where To Get Your Wood.

There are many ways to gather wood for your campfire. Some campgrounds will allow you to gather wood off the ground. If that is the case great! Getting your wood for free is fantastic, but if not, you will need to bring or buy your own wood. Make sure to find out if you can gather firewood before you go.
You can buy bundles of firewood (1.0 Cu Ft) from the local grocery store and possibly at a nearby camp store.

These bundles should burn for about 2-4 hours. Some firewood bundles may already contain smaller pieces of wood for kindling. If not, you must do some prep work before you use the wood you purchased. Take one piece of firewood and break it down into smaller pieces for tinder and kindling.
Using a good pocket knife, shave off about two to three handfuls of wood shavings for kindling. Take a hatchet and chop the rest of the log into firewood and finger width pieces. Now take 2-3 of these pieces and break them into 3-inch lengths. Cut two more pieces of fire wood into wrist size pieces.
Most campsites will have a campfire ring set up where you must place your fire. But if there isn't one on your campsite or you are out in the wilderness this is what you need to do to make your own campfire pit.

Choosing An Area To Create A Fire Circle.

Find a flat area with as little bit of brush as possible. Make sure to choose a campfire site far enough away from your tent and other flammable objects and that is not directly underneath a tree. Clear any brush away and scrape the surface of the soil in a 3-foot circle. Put rocks or soil around the fire pit about 6-8 inches high. Remove any other brush in a 10-foot radius around the campfire pit
Gather up all the tinder, kindling and wood and your Heritage Campfire Kit. One tip you should follow is gather up at least twice the amount of wood you think you are going to need to make sure you don't run out.

Setting Up Your Campfire.

Take several kindling pieces about 10 inches long. Push one end into the ground and angle the other end inward touching the other pieces of kindling in an 8-inch circle. Make sure to leave a few inches of space between each piece of kindling so plenty of air can get inside. Leave an opening on one side large enough to place the tinder inside. You should now have a structure that looks like a cone.

Lighting The Fire.

Take a handful of tinder from the Heritage Campfire Kit, making a tinder bundle and place it inside of the cone. Take another handful of tinder and hold it down at an angle and. Make sure it is burning good and place it inside of the cone. Let tinder burn until you have a good flame.
Slowly place the small pieces of kindling into the fire. As the kindling pieces burn the kindling that makes up the outside of the cone will catch and start to fall inward.
As this starts to happen place one of the medium size logs onto the fire making sure not to smother the fire. Keep adding kindling and medium size pieces of firewood until the fire is burning hot and you have a good bed of coals.
Then add one of the larger pieces of firewood and it will catch on fire and burn for a good amount of time. If the large piece of wood doesn't catch right away just add some more kindling until it does.

An easier way to light the fire is with a Vaseline soaked cotton ball. Take a cotton ball and coat it with Vaseline. Rub it in good and tear the cotton ball slightly open. Place the cotton ball inside of the cone and make sure to wipe the Vaseline off with your fingers so they don't catch on fire. Light the cotton ball and it will burn for about 2 minutes. While the cotton ball is burning Slowly add the tinder and follow the same instructions as above.
A good thing about this method is it works in moderate wind and even light rain. You can pre-make these fire starters before you go camping. I put the cotton balls into a small Ziploc bag and put them in my personal survival kit.

Putting Out Your Fire.

When you build a fire, you should never leave it unattended. Before you leave the area or go to bed you should put it out. You can put a fire out with water or dirt. Pore enough water or shovel enough dirt on the fire until it goes out. To make sure the campfire is out take a stick and stir up the ashes. If you see any glowing coals or embers repeat the first step until all the coals have stopped burning. Keep repeating the steps until you no longer see anything burning or smoking.
I like to use Leave no trace behind principles when traveling in the back country. If you made your campfire ring in the wilderness don't forget to dismantle it. Turn the ashes and coals under the top soil. Disperse the rocks you used for your campfire ring in the same area you got them from. Scatter the brush you cleared away from your campfire ring back over the area. All you need to do is follow these simple steps and your campfire experience will be a success.



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