Intro: How to Make a Fire on the Beach
Did you ever want to make a fire on the beach? The beach is the perfect place to make a fire, it's very safe, there's often drift wood around, not to mention, it's the perfect place to hang out and relax. So let's go over the steps to making a great fire on the beach!
Step 1: Pick a Spot
First of all, pick a good spot that isn't too windy. If you can find some rocks around to create a circle that's great.
Step 2: Gather Materials
Next gather materials, hopefully there is driftwood around. Try to find dry pieces if possible, and include thin, small pieces as well as larger wood too.
Step 3: Make Fire Starters
Now this step isn't necessary, but it's so awesome. Make a fire starter beforehand.
I covered this briefly in my wax hacks instructable, but it's such a great tip, it's worth mentioning again. Combine sawdust and beeswax, melt and combine. After some trial and error, I've found that adding some mineral spirits, makes the fire starter softer and a lot easier to split in smaller pieces.
I like to use these proportions by mass:
- 4 parts beeswax
- 2 parts sawdust
- 1 part mineral spirits.
Make a simple mold out of screws and wood or you can use silicon molds if you have those around.
Step 4: Let's Make a Fire!
Now let's make a fire.
Wrap the fire starter if you have one, in some paper, or thin shavings. Otherwise, just use paper or shavings. Then start putting thin sticks around it, like a tepee, you can stick them in the sand around. You need a lot of air in there.
Light the paper. Once the fire is going, you can start adding some larger pieces, just make sure to keep the structure and not collapse the cone shape you've got going.
Step 5: Enjoy!
The fire starter is great because it makes the process a lot easier, especially if you're working with damp wood or difficult conditions. Then slowly increase the amount of wood on the fire, and enjoy.
Make sure you are allowed to make fires on the beaches you go to, and be safe with fire!