5 Steps to Make the Perfect Campfire


If you’re like me, then you love the outdoors. Hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, and canoeing. Those are just a few of the fun outdoor activities I like to do. I bring these up because they can all put you in scenarios where you might need to make a fire. Fire is fun and exciting to make – but it can be dangerous, so please be careful. There are many ways to make a fire, but I’m going to teach you the style I use the most.

The Log Cabin Campfire


Not quite like this…

Step #1

You’re going to want a bunch of small narrow pieces of wood or small branches/sticks about the size of a thick pencil.

Twigs Cut Logs

You won’t need this many, but a big handful or two would be great!


Step #2

Stack the pieces up like a log cabin. Make sure there is a good sized gap in the middle. Try and have space for air to flow in.



Step #3

Place something flammable in the middle, like paper or tinder.


This is real tinder.

Step #4

Make sure you have small twigs nearby. Light the tinder, then add as much tinder or paper as you need to get the log cabin burning.


Step #5

Keep slowly adding bigger sticks to keep the fire going and increase the size.


Make sure you have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby, in case your fire gets out of hand. Now it’s time to sit back, relax, make some s’mores, and enjoy your fire!

Tip: Good air flow is the key to keeping a fire going


By Cam “Scruffy” Cottrell

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Snowshoe Guide studying Outdoor Recreation Management at Capilano University

Member at Large, Scholarship Director – NVOSAS


Loves puns and making funny faces.