QUICK GUIDE TO CAMPFIRE STYLES
Getting a campfire started is as easy as using cotton wool balls smeared with petroleum jelly. Choose the right fire for your needs is more important if you are going to get the most out of your resources and have the fire to suit your needs.
Here is a look at some basic campfire styles and what they suit.
THE CRISS-CROSS FIRE STYLE
This campfire style is very organised without using much space. By placing logs in rows and then stacking rows perpendicular, you create a fire that is perfect for cooking over and outputs a steady heat. This fire will burn all night long if you want to keep smoke going to keep those pesky mosquitos and other blood suckers away.
THE KEYHOLE FIRE STYLE
By arranging stones in the shape of a keyhole, you can create a fire pit with two distinct fire burning areas. Create a teepee style fire in the large section of the keyhole fire pit and rake coals into the smaller area of the keyhole shape. The smaller area is great for cooking while you have the larger fire for a larger burn.
THE TEEPEE FIRE STYLE
This is a very common fire style that is great for sitting around with even distribution. The teepee fire style puts out loads of heat and loads of light. Because sticks and wood are standing up, this style of fire is great to get started when the conditions are against you. The downside is that this fire style burns a lot of fuel.
THE SWEDISH TORCH FIRE STYLE
This fire style is excellent when you need a long burn without using a lot of resources. Simply saw into a log of wood to create a cross shape deep into the wood. Place your cotton wool balls at the base of your cut and light your slow burning fire.
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