// BARE NECESSITIES: SAW OR AX, KNIFE, MATCHES OR LIGHTER
// Step 1: RESERVE A SPACE
Find an area about 15 feet away from any surrounding trees or bushes. Once you have found your space, dig a hole 6 to 10 inches deep. This will protect your fire from the wind. Place dry rocks around the edge of the depression to form the rim of your pit.
// Step 2: GATHER MATERIALS
Aside from the bare necessities, the tools for creating your campfire are divided into 3 categories: Tinder: Fuel salad composed of dry grasses, shredded bark, mosses, straw, bird down, dry leaves, and pocket lint Kindling: Small twigs, split wood, and cut branches Logs: Large branches and standing wood
// Step 3 LAY A FOUNDATION
Tepee Method: There’s a reason it’s been used for centuries. It shrugs off tough weather conditions and serves as the center for lively nights. Stand up 3 tall branches in a triangular shape to form a point at the top. Put kindling in the center of these branches, standing them against each other in a similar shape. Be sure to leave a hole in the kindling to stick the tinder inside. Place the rest of the logs on the outside around the point, building the tepee outwards. Once it’s about the size you wish, put the tinder in and light it.
*PERFECT FOR: LARGE BONFIRES & WINDY CONDITIONS.
Log Cabin Method: Feel free to channel a lumberjack or your latent childhood nostalgia for Lincoln Logs. Place the tinder in the center and stand up the kindling against each other around it. Starting with the largest to the smallest, stack the logs a foot or less apart in an alternating pattern in the shape of a square. Light the tinder.
* PERFECT FOR: LONG-LASTING FIRES & CAMPFIRE COOKING
** WANNA HANG A POT? Stake two Y-shaped sticks and place a longer stick on top of those.