Last Updated on March 6, 2020
When you go camping, there are many tasks you need to complete to enjoy your camping trip. These include everything from pitching your tent to setting out the sleeping bags and the rest of your camping gear. Another task that you may need to do while camping is to set up a campfire. If you choose to have a campfire, then it is important to find the rest spot so that it is useful but also safe. Here is an overview of why you may need a campfire and how to find the right spot to set up your campfire.
Why Might You Need a Campfire?
A campfire can serve several practical purposes on a camping trip and can also improve your experience. The following are just some of the reasons you may choose to have a campfire.
- Warmth- Even during the summer months, the evenings can become chilly. During the fall, temperatures drop significantly, and most people require a source of heat. A campfire can provide an excellent source of heat that will make your camping trip more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Boiling water- You can use your campfire to boil water, which is important if you want to enjoy a warming hot drink. If you are in the wilderness and are sourcing your water from rivers and streams, then boiling water is essential to sterilize it properly, which will stop you from becoming ill.
- Cooking food- Many campers use their campfire to cook their meals. Although there are other cooking alternatives, this is the best option if you do not want to carry lots of cooking equipment with you. It is how most backpackers and hikers choose to cook their meals as they do not want to carry the extra weight of a stove or canisters.
- Fun- Although a campfire is practical, it also adds an element of fun to any camping trip. There is something magical about sitting around a campfire with friends or family, toasting marshmallows and sharing stories.
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Tips Setting Up a Campfire in a Campsite
Where you have pitched your tent makes all the difference to where you will build your campfire. If you are staying in a campsite, the following tips will help you to choose the best spot for a campfire.
- Check the campsite rules. Some campsites do not let you build a fire at all and others only allow them in specific areas.
- Check if the campsite has an existing fire pit. If so, you already have the perfect spot to light a campfire safely.
- Find a flat spot for your campfire that is at least 15 meters away from your tent.
- Avoid building a campfire close to walls, shrubs, or trees.
- Never build a campfire next to electricity points or gas canister stores.
- Check the wind direction and build a campfire that is protected from strong gusts of wind.
Tips for Setting Up a Campfire in the Wilderness
Setting up a campfire in the wilderness is very different from setting up a campfire on a campsite and there are different factors to consider when choosing the perfect spot. However, there are also some safety points that remain the same regardless of where you are camping. The following tips will help you to choose the perfect spot for a campfire in the wilderness.
- Always build a campfire at least 15 meters away from your tent to avoid creating a fire hazard.
- Check the wind direction so you can set your campfire up in a spot that is protected from strong gusts of wind.
- Choose a spot on level ground in an open area.
- Build the fire at least 15 meters away from trees, shrubs, and overhanging branches.
- Do not build your campfire where there are piles of dry leaves as there is a serious risk of the campfire spreading.
- Choose a spot that has little or no grass.
- Look for a spot with large stones as you can use these to create an enclosure for your campfire. If there are no stones around, you can dig a small pit for your fire.
A campfire has several practical uses on a camping trip, but it can also add an element of fun to the experience. How and where you set up your campfire depends on whether you are staying on a campsite or in the wilderness. The most important point is to choose a spot that is far away from other objects that may catch fire, such as your tent, trees, overhanging branches, or shrubs. The weather and ground conditions are also relevant factors in finding the perfect spot for a campfire, regardless of where you are pitching your tent. A fire pit is perfect for safely building a campfire on a campsite. In the wilderness, you can create your own to contain the fire either using rocks from the surrounding area or by digging a small pit in the ground.