From staying warm, cooking food or even just to hang out and enjoy company, building a campfire is an essential part of any outdoor adventure. No need to be fumbling into the darkness trying to get one going anymore because in this episode of D-I-Why Not? in collaboration with Leatherman, we share some simple tips into building your own fire…with only one match.
- Check with local authorities on open-air burning restrictions and follow local burning regulations. Keep up-to-date on fire bans in the area. Get permits where needed.
- Build campfires in fire pits provided or on bare rock or sand, if no fire pit is provided. Maintain a good amount of clearance around your fire (6-10 feet minimum). Contain fire by making a circle of rocks.
- Gather your wood. Be sure to collect: tinder, kindling and fuel. Make sure it is dry.
- Create a teepee, starting with the tinder, then adding kindling and fuel on top.
- Light the tinder with your match. Blow on the fire with long sustained breaths at the base of the fire to get it going.
- Never leave your campfire unattended and always put your extra wood upwind.
- Allow all the wood to burn to ash, if possible. To extinguish, pour water over the fire until the hissing stops. If you don’t have water, use sand/dirt and mix it in with the ambers. Don’t bury the fire, the ambers will continue to burn underneath.
- And as always, pack it in and pack it out. Don’t leave anything behind.
Make Smokey Bear proud! Be smart, play by the rules and stay safe.