There is nothing like the soft warm glow of a campfire to shoo away the blues after a long day out in the trail. However, planning your campfire especially when using wood is what gives campers a lot of headaches when they are out in the wilderness. Too little and you end up not being able to cook your hiking food properly while too much is a safety and health hazard. Here are some essential tips for you to consider.
Identify the Burn Rate
As a rule, twelve to fourteen logs in split sections offer enough wood for cooking dehydrated camping meals in cast iron as well as enough fuel for a comfortable fire to last until midnight. Do take note however that lighter dry wood tends to burn much quicker than hardwoods. Do also take some extra wood for an unplanned extra day in order to also cover for any contingencies. If you have some left, simply give it away to other campers or sell it off rather than bring it home.
Starting a fire with Minimal Effort
Use cotton balls with a hint of petroleum jelly to start your fire. Do store them properly in reseal able bags for convenient and less messy access. You may also use cardboard toilet paper rolls filled with dryer lint to easily start a fire. Purchase fire starter sticks available in the same section of the grocery where you can find charcoal.
It is a known fact that fire pits get very hot to the touch instantly. It is recommended to use rocks to surround the fire pit and make it look neat. This not only creates a barrier but also provides a safe distance between the flame and kids. Do take the time to explain how fire s made so they know what you are doing and how it works. Include them in the process by letting them collect tinder. Do consider what your kids are wearing, as there are some highly flammable garments that can be quite dangerous if near an open flame.