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Starting a Campfire

Campfire DancingThe weather is finally cooling off down in Texas, and there’s nothing more relaxing than a good old-fashioned camping trip. The most essential part of any camping trip is the fire, and without it you’ll be wishing you were back in your bed at home. Here are some helpful tips on how to start your campfire fast and efficiently:

  • First off make sure that fires aren’t restricted at your campsite. Areas affected by drought or dry seasons may be under “no-burn” restrictions. Follow local ordinances and restrictions. Avoid starting a fire in dry areas or high winds.
  • Always have a bucket of water close by before you begin, in case of an emergency.
  • Use the fire pit that the campground has provided.
  • Clear the area surrounding your pit of dry leaves, pine needles, twigs and other combustible materials.
  • Gather up your choice of dry wood, paper and split branches.
  • Place the small branches or wood so that they form an inverted cone, or teepee shape.
  • Add enough small branches so that the structure supports itself, but leave a small opening to place twisted paper, leaves and a handful of dry twigs.
  • Light the twisted paper so the small twigs and branches catch on fire.
  • Once the fire has been started, you can then begin adding more wood to the fire pit.

I hope these simple tips help you on your next camping trip, and enjoy!

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