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Building a campfire

Top tips when you're out and about

Building a campfire

Cooking over a campfire can be a really fun experience that feeds into our primal caveman nature. Make sure you enjoy a successful outdoor experience by following a few simple rules when it comes to building and lighting your campfire.


Prepare your site

  • Pick a location for your fire that is at least 5 metres away from bushes, flammable materials, or overhanging branches.
  • Make sure your fire is built downwind from your tent.
  • Use large rocks to make a round or U-shaped perimeter.
  • If it is windy, make sure that the back of the firepit faces the wind so the wind carries any smoke to the back of the fire.
  • Make a chimney out of a large rock or several smaller rocks at the back of the firepit to help direct smoke up and away.

Lay kindling

  • Fill your chosen fire area with paper or tinder and a couple of Zip fire starter cubes.
  • Lay kindling over the paper, alternating the orientation of the wood for each layer to create a lattice pattern. Some campers prefer to make a tepee shape.
  • Remember to light the fire starters with long safety matches, and keep a bucket of water or sand/dirt nearby to smother any unwanted flames.

Once lit

  • Once the kindling is fully lit, add firewood. Try to find wood that is similar in size.
  • Use hardwood when available, as it burns more slowly and reduces spitting.
  • When the flames have begun to die down, use a large strong stick to push the cinders into a high concentration at the back of the fire and a lower concentration at the front. This gives you the option of high, medium, or low cooking temperatures.
  • To begin cooking, set the grill on the rocks. Place your food directly on the grill or in a pan and cook your meal in a truly authentic style.
  • When you’re finished cooking, add wood for the evening campfire, sit back and enjoy relaxing in the great outdoors while keeping warm.
  • Extinguish the fire completely with water before turning in for the night.


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