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How to Build the Perfect Camp Fire

Would you like to know how to build the perfect camp fire from scratch? Here are step by step instructions that are sure to bring you success.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 big log
  • pine needles, straw, dried moss, bird nest, or other highly flammable material
  • pine cones or very small twigs
  • dryer lint (Yes, we pack dryer lint. So?)
  • small twigs
  • larger branches
  • flint and steel

Begin with a large log.  Large, dense pieces of wood are slow to catch, but long to burn. The trick is to keep a flame going on this big guy long enough for him to catch.

This one is perfect because it allows for some airflow underneath.

Add pine needles or other highly flammable material. This will ignite and burn up quickly, and should be placed so they will catch the larger pieces on fire.

Place pine cones on top. The pine needles will ignite these and they will burn a little longer to help ignite the rest.

Next, arrange small twigs so that they will have plenty of airflow, and will catch the flames from below.

Now, tuck some dryer lint in among the twigs. (What? You don't pack dryer lint when you go on vacation? Weird.) The lint is very flammable and will be the first to ignite.

Now, have your brawny 13 year old son use his handy dandy flint and steel to ignite the dryer lint. It will, in turn, ignite the pine needles and pine cones, which will ignite the small twigs, which will burn and ignite the larger pieces.

Be sure to have a stock pile of twigs and larger pieces so they can be added as needed.

Finally, the large log will catch on fire and burn most of the night.

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out those marshmallows!

This post is linked at Works For Me Wednesday.

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  1. That looks like so much fun! Thanks for the instructions!

  2. That’s a good idea. I recently became a leader for my son’s cub scouts den and this is my first time doing it. We are working on learning camping skills, so ……good to know!

    Stop by and visit sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

  3. Now how do you light it when the wood is wet? That always seems to be our problem when we camp. :)


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