For camping trips and backyard cookouts, make a fast, hot campfire with a minimum amount of smoke. We had our campfire burning hot ~20 minutes after we collected kindling and cut firewood in our woods from trees found on the ground. Dry kindling and firewood burn faster and with less smoke than freshly-cut wood and is recommended for campfires and bonfires.
Step 1: Collect Kindling and Firewood
To get started, you need the following:
· Small hand saw
· Shovel to remove grass to make dirt fire ring
· Dryer lint, paper, or firestarter (burns quickly & helps kindling catch fire)
· Matches or flame stick
· Kindling (small, dry twigs, found on the ground, broken to ~12 inches)
· Larger, pencil-sized kindling and small, dry tree branches (broken or cut to ~18 inches)
· Small, dry logs
For fire safety, remove enough grass so that the size of the campfire you are building fits inside the circular fire ring. This helps to ensure that the fire burns directly on the soil instead of the grass, where it could possibly spread out of control.