How to light a camp fire

2 Aug

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I’ve always been partial to a spot of pyromania, so when it comes to camping, I think a roaring fire is essential. 

DSC_0328First, create a hearth out of a circle of large stones

Then collect a good pile of dry sticks of all sizes and some dry grass or leaves

 

 DSC_0334Take a handful of the dry grass or leaves and light them.  If the ground is damp, start with a firelighter then add the grass as soon as it is burning.

Once the grass is lit, quickly add some small sticks in a little wigwam over the grass.  Continue to add small sticks little, by little, being careful not to smother the flames. 

DSC_0344As the fire builds, add larger and larger sticks, still forming a wigwam structure.  If the flame isn’t catching the new sticks, poke a few smaller ones in the gaps and blow on the flames near the bottom of the fire.

Once you have a good blaze, add large logs one by one to keep the fire going.DSC_0351

Now find two fork shaped sticks and poke them into the ground either side of the fire inside the hearth.  Find a long, straight stick to rest in the forks  to hang your kettle or cooking pot from.

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 You are now ready to use your fire for making tea, baking potatoes wrapped in silver foil, frying sausages in a pan held over the white hot embers, and drying the inevitable damp socks.  Although try not to burn them to a crisp like I did. 

 DSC_0394Of course the classic use of a camp fire is to toast marshmallows.  First find a very long stick, so small children don’t have to stand too close to the flames.  Then use your trusty Swiss Army Knife to whittle one end to a point.  Put your marshmallow on the end and hold it close to, but not touching, the hottest part of the fire.  Some people like their marshmallows lightly toasted, but I like them burnt on the outside and runny inside.  Yum!  Ned eating a marshmallow

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One Response to “How to light a camp fire”

  1. Crystal Jigsaw 02/02/2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Great photos, esp the last one. Excellent advice.

    CJ xx

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