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…
You’re going to want a bunch of small narrow pieces of wood or small branches/sticks about the size of a thick pencil.
You won’t need this many, but a big handful or two would be great!
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.
Place something flammable in the middle, like paper or tinder.
This is real tinder.
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.
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
Snowshoe Guide studying Outdoor Recreation Management at Capilano University
Member at Large, Scholarship Director – NVOSAS
Loves puns and making funny faces.