Camp fire season is upon us. Whether it’s in your backyard, high up in the mountains or right on the beach, spring, summer and autumn are the seasons that are ripe for the camp fire. Winter is too for those hardy, intrepid folks, who camp out in 20 degrees...but that’s not most of us.
Building a camp fire is a rite of passage that we love to participate in during these warmer months. There’s just something about gathering around a fire with family and friends that appeals to our tribal heritage.
Building a fire isn’t just all about the fun, there are some safety precautions to take as well. You should always follow the rules of your municipality or the rules of the park or campground when building a fire. It’s also a good idea to know the proper way to both build and extinguish a fire. Here are some tips on fire safety from Smokey Bear.
Build the Camp Fire
- Building a Backyard Fire Pit - Step-by-step instructions for building a backyard masonry fire pit from Family Handyman.
- More How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit - Video instructions on how to build a masonry fire pit from Lowes.
- Building a Camp Fire Pit 101 - Instructions on how to build a fire pit when camping.
- Summer Science: Build a Fire - A handy dandy info-graphic on how to build a camp fire from NPR.
- More Camp Fire Tips - What is kindling, tinder and fuel?
Enjoy the Camp Fire
- Everyone likes s'mores, grownup and kids alike, but they can be messy. Try these campfire cones instead.
- Cooking in a dutch oven over a camp fire is one of the pleasures of having a fire. Try this recipe for Dutch Oven-Braised Beef and Summer Vegetables.
- And for the vegetarians, here’s a veg dutch oven recipe for Dutch Oven Cooking, vegan camp cornbread with tempeh sausage.
- What cocktail should you serve for sitting around your backyard fire pit? The S’moretini, of course!
- Scary stories are a must for sitting around the camp fire.
- For families with younger kids, try playing some around the fire games instead of telling scary stories.
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