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How to make a good camp fire
1. COLLECT WOOD.
You should have about 20 to 30 very thin twigs, and 10 to 15 small sticks like the ones in the
picture to get the fire started and as many larger pieces you need to keep
the fire going for as long as you need it.
If the ground is covered with snow you
can break dry branches off the bottom of a tree like this one.
3. STARTER MATERIAL.
You will need some material that ignites very easily to start the
fire. There are a number of things you can use for this. Dry
leaves, dry grass, bark, or chips from a dry semi-decomposed dead tree as in the
picture above. Paper works fine too if you have some with you.
4. FIRE RING.
Find a good location
for your fire, there should be nothing nearby that could catch fire such as dry
vegetation. Make a ring on the ground with rocks as in the picture.
5. STARTER MATERIAL.
Place the starter material in the center of the
fire ring. Make sure there's plenty of air around each piece of material.
Make a teepee
around the starter material using the thin twigs you collected in step 1.
Put the larger sticks from step 1 around your twig
teepee. Finish off with some more massive pieces as in the picture.
Light the starter material.
In about a minute your fire should look something
like this. The starter material has started to ignite the small twigs.
After a few minutes your fire will
look like this. Soon the teepee will collapse into a shapeless collection
of burning wood, don't worry this is all normal and good. By now you
fire is stable and will keep burning for as long as you feed it wood.