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mailfire99 03-28-2008 09:55 AM

How to build a campfire
 
Ok eveyone, lets hear your campfire building strategies. I know everyone has their own whether it be using tinder, kindling, fuel :shocked:, fire starter log etc..

I generally go with the teepee method. I gather up some small branches or shave some slivers off my large wood, and if some nearby pine needles are available I will grab a couple of handfuls of that too. If not I will use some newspaper instead.

I make a pile of that, and then teepee style stack 3 or 4 good size split logs around it. Light it and watch it burn. If you have good seasoned wood, it works everytime.

How do you build yours?

happiestcamper 03-28-2008 12:34 PM

I cheat - a few matchvlight briquettes and wood stacked around.

terri01p 03-28-2008 12:41 PM

We have camped going on 26 years and it's a well known fact that my dh can't make a good campfire or grill good :icon_smile_bbq:.

There should be some sort of law against that after 26 years he can't even get a grill going hot and staying that way . He trys every year but fails. :bang:

l2l 03-28-2008 01:09 PM

I too use the Tee Pee method, works EVERY time.

Small branches that graduate into bigger ones and then at the outer edge your main wood.

The smaller wood lights first which graduates to the bigger stuff all the while the big logs are getting heated and lit.

Someone on here mentioned cutting up those logs you buy for your home fireplace and using that as a starter, I think I will be doing that myself this year as it safes me looking around for paper and cardboard!

ctfortner 03-28-2008 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by terri01p (Post 3052)
We have camped going on 26 years and it's a well known fact that my dh can't make a good campfire or grill good :icon_smile_bbq:.

There should be some sort of law against that after 26 years he can't even get a grill going hot and staying that way . He trys every year but fails. :bang:

Hey, thats alright, you know he means well. My wife says the same thing, only about laundry. We have been together for 8 years and you cant wash clothes :shrug:. Heck no, why would I learn now?

I always build the teepee too. Never fails. I usually scrounge up some pine needles and branches as kindling, but lately I have been using this fire starter stuff, works pretty well. I forget the name of it, but it looks like little wood shavings and they have a wax texture to them. My guess is thats exactly what it is, wax on wood shavings.

Found them a wally world on clearance last year for a $1 a bag, so I bought about 6 of them.




antigua 03-28-2008 07:08 PM

I too use the tee pee method. It works well for me. I like to use a little dry cedar (Cedar fence board cut offs work great) to get it going quick and it smells so good too.

roadhouse 03-29-2008 06:36 PM

I use the log cabin design with some smaller split logs. In the middle use pine needles, bark, newspaper, whatever helps it start. After it gets going then I start throwing some larger logs in it.

I can't wait for a campfire:10001:

mikey 03-31-2008 10:16 AM

I have found the best approach is to sort your wood in various sizes to gradually build the fire. I always put the wood in a tee pee shape to allow for good airflow. Add increasingly larger sticks and then logs as the fire grows in strength, always leaving enough space between them for the fire to breathe.


The type of wood is also important. Evergreens for instance are not a good choice. So I always use hardwoods when for building the campfire.

glfortner 03-31-2008 11:17 AM

I like the idea of the log cabin style--something new to try. That is if my pyro husband will let me near the fire pit! My daughter and I built a fire when he wasn't at the campsite this weekend and we did a great job if I do say so myself!

mikey 04-01-2008 12:22 PM

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Originally Posted by glfortner (Post 3101)
I like the idea of the log cabin style--something new to try. That is if my pyro husband will let me near the fire pit! My daughter and I built a fire when he wasn't at the campsite this weekend and we did a great job if I do say so myself!

I kind of understand that pyro situation. I tend to enjoy the campfire too much sometimes too.

primitivecamper 07-10-2008 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by mailfire99 (Post 3044)


I generally go with the teepee method.

+1 ^

1st never gather wood in direct contact with the ground.( It wicks moister from the ground even if it feels dry)
Teepee is they way to go. I start with tiny little twigs And build a teepee over tiny little pile of leaves or pine needles. Once started I build slightly bigger teepee over it, and continue to do this until desired size fire. I use a lighter of corse, but can do the stick method as well. Ceder works best.:thumbup1:

fred 07-24-2008 06:57 AM

The best fire starters are lint from dryers that you save in a zip-lock bag or steelwool as they both start very easy.

coolerinsulator 07-28-2008 01:45 PM

Tee Pee method all the way......but I use a torch to start :thumbup1:

dnk030851 08-01-2008 03:00 PM

I too have used the teepee method successfully. Be sure the kindling pine needles and small twigs inside the teepee are dead and not partially green. I use a Weber Grill for bbq and an electric starter to get the charcoal hot.

johnnymac 08-03-2008 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by coolerinsulator (Post 3989)
Tee Pee method all the way......but I use a torch to start :thumbup1:

Kudos to that!


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