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How to build up a fire, that will keep on going for hours in any season?

You need: Safety measures, Wood, Fire source, and your time!

Step 1: Safe Fire Place

Safety FIRST!

Camp fire must be made outside the equipment or vegetation (specially bushes and trees) reach. Don't start fire under the trees. Take special precocious when camping near spruce or fir forest. Their roots are close to the surface and spread far away from tree and can easily start to smolder and burst into flames meters away (check this especially when dry weather or drought conditions occur).

Clean all leaves and dry plant material from the floor, until you reach soil.

Place stones in a circle or any other shape you want. Circle should be at least 60 cm (2 foot) in diameter.

Use branches that are 50% smaller than diameter of stone circle.

Stones are not necessary if:
* If you use Dakota fire pit
* you build your fire in snow
* very wet environment and no vegetation around (at least 3 m (10 feet))

Have at least 3 L (0.80 gallon) of water nearby, or running source (stream) in emergency extinguishing case. You can use dirt, sand or blanket too, but prepare it before you kindle.

Step 2: Building Base

You build up base as a cube pile of branches. Length is optional (best results start from 45 cm (1.5 feet) up), 3 to 8 floors up.
If you want to prolong it, mix some fresh or rotten branches between dry wood.

Step 3: Start Fire on Top of Base

And lit up a fire on top, the way you normally do it in.
Fire on picture was enough for 4.5 hours (3 floors of branches). We mostly used beech wood.

Step 4: Enjoy ...

Be mesmerized by flames..
* get warm

* dry clothes

* cook food

* meditate

Don't forget to feed it constantly ;)

<p>Camping in the snow, Crazy people!</p><p>Another thing to do is dig a hole to put your fire in. That stops wind blowing it about when starting and is sheltered when trying to cook in. Less fire wood is needed as well. The earth acts as an insulator around the fire. I dig about 30-50cm deep and wide, a bit wider than the pot im cooking in. Have done roasts in camp oven like this. After cooking build the fire up to keep warm. When you've finished you can fill the hole back in before moving on. Nice and clean.</p>
Yes, I agree. Dakota fire pit is great. One problem in the winter : most of the time the dirt is solid frozen. Hard to dig a hole. To dig it in the snow and preserve the hole with minimal melting, it has to be hell freezing ??

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