Campfires are cool, there’s no getting away from it. Whether it’s because they touch a long-lost part of ourselves, bringing out our inner protector or adventurer, or because they connect us with the simple, romantic pleasure of sitting by a fire, being still and at one with our surroundings, campfires have the ability to turn an ordinary camping trip into one that is remembered long, long after the tents have been packed away and we’re back in our real lives.
How To Build A Great Campfire
The success (or otherwise) of your evening round the campfire rests with how you build the campfire to start with. Here are our top tips for perfect campfires:
- Plan ahead. First, make sure that your campsite does actually permit campfires, as many do not. Check too that you can have your campfire near to your pitch – some sites permit fires but only in the designated fire pits. If that’s the case, you might want to book a pitch close to the fire pit area. Also check whether you can buy a bag of logs for the fire at the campsite, or just take your own. Don’t assume you can simply forage in the woods for suitable wood – this may not be permitted and even if it is allowed, the wood could be damp or unsuitable.
- Make sure that you build your campfire on bare earth, and not on grass. Ensure the fire is well away from trees, bushes, your tent and anything else at all that could catch fire if things don’t go as planned. Always have a couple of buckets of water to hand in case of emergencies.
- As well as logs to burn on your fire, you’ll need tinder and kindling for a really good fire – without enough of these two, you could end up struggling to keep your fire going or with a very uneven slow burn. Make sure you have lots and lots of tinder and kindling – you’ll be surprised at how much of this you need.
- Take some bundles of dried sage with you, to burn on the campfire – it will add a fabulous smell, and help keep gnats and other biting insects at bay.