We go camping as a family quite a bit now, but when I first started going camping, I remember being truly intimidated by starting a fire.
It’s not as hard as you think. And there’s actually some technique to making a fire that lasts (especially when you need it to keep going to keep you warm or to cook on.
Even a beginner can make a good fire.
What You Need to Make a Fire
You’ll need these things to make a fire:
- Kindling (a.k.a. larger pieces of wood + smaller sticks) – as dry as you can find. If you’re camping right after a rain, look for kindling that doesn’t lay on the the ground. It will normally be dryer. Also, look for dead limbs hanging from trees, the older looking the better! Those are typically pretty dry.
- Fire Starter (a.k.a. a lighter or matches) – this is the lighter we use…I usually take two just in case we misplace one! 🙂
I found a neat little video tutorial (made by an Eagle Scout!) that walks through the three main techniques to starting a fire that keeps going.
We use the first method primarily. and then cook on it when it dies down a bit. Works like a charm!