From staying warm, cooking food, or even just hanging out and enjoying company, building a campfire is an essential part of any outdoor adventure.
No need to continue fumbling in the darkness trying to get one going anymore because in this episode of D-I-Why Not? in collaboration with Leatherman, we share some simple tips for building your own fire…with only one match.
Step 1: Check in with local authorities about open-air burning restrictions and follow local burning regulations. Keep up-to-date on fire bans in the area. Get permits where needed.
Step 2: Build campfires in fire pits provided or on bare rock or sand (if no fire pit is provided). Maintain a good amount of clearance around your fire, aim for 6-10 feet minimum. Contain the fire by building a ring of rocks around it.
Step 3: Gather your wood. Be sure to collect tinder, kindling, and fuel. Make sure everything is dry.
Step 4: Create a teepee, starting with the tinder, then adding kindling and fuel on top.
Step 5: Light the tinder with your match. Blow on the fire with long sustained breaths at the base of the fire to get it going.
Step 6: Never leave your campfire unattended and always put your extra wood upwind.
Step 7: Allow all the wood to burn to ash, if possible. To extinguish, pour water over the fire until the hissing stops. If you don’t have water, use sand/dirt and mix it in with the ambers. Don’t bury the fire, the ambers will continue to burn underneath.
Step 8: And as always, pack it in and pack it out. Don’t leave anything behind. Make Smokey Bear proud! Be smart, play by the rules and stay safe.
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