How to Build a Campfire

364292_4708Sounds easy doesn’t it? Gather some wood and build a fire.

If you’ve ever arrived at your campsite on a dreary, rain-soaked day, you know how hard it can be to get a fire going.

Even though the outside of the wood may be wet, the inside of larger pieces is probably dry. So bring a hatchet and be prepared to split some logs. Make sure you buy waterproof matches or carry a fire starter. Either will light a fire while raining. Dry kindling is harder to find than dry wood. The easiest solution is to bring a supply of kindling from home to get that first fire started without a hitch.

Some campers bring a few dry logs as well. A hatchet can also be very helpful. All these items should be included on your camping checklist.

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Rita Liotta is a successful freelance writer offering guidance and suggestions for consumers regarding camping stoves, pocket knives, compass and topographical maps. Her many articles give information and tips to help people save money and make smarter decisions.