Fire is a primitive thing. People gather to fire instinctively. So when you are outdoors on a camping adventure, or just want to recreate that experience at home, fire pits are the easiest way to bring you family and friends together in safety and fun. Building a fire is fairly easy. However, building a fire that is safe, and will allow your fire to burn for long periods of time is a bit trickier. Luckily, there are a few tried and true methods of fire pit building that will help you make the most of your wood burning experience. Here's how to get started:
The first thing to think about when you are going to build a fire pit is location. Making sure that there isn’t any low hanging branches that might catch on fire is a crucial step. You need to also check to make sure that the ground around the fire pit is free of dried brush or weeds that could catch fire. I know it sounds like common sense, and it is, but you never know when a spark might blow out of the pit.
The next thing you need to think about is the construction of the pit. Is it just going to be a hole in the ground? Are you going to line it with something? If the ground is dry enough you can just leave the hole as is, but if the ground is moist it will interfere with the fire. Bricks on the bottom of the pit will help to insulate the fire from any moisture that might seep through the ground. Don't dig the pit too deeply or it will make aerating the fire hard.
When you build the fire in the pit, there are many ways to stack the wood. Try to make sure that air can get into the heart of the fire, so it will burn evenly. The traditional teepee style placement works very well to ensure the fire stays burning consistently. Make sure you use dry wood, and use small sticks or leaves to start the fire.
Building a fire is a wonderful bonding experience. It can bring people together and provide hours of warmth and enjoyment. A little planning before hand can make all the difference between a badly burning fire that might be a danger to the people around it, and a steady flame that will burn for hours safely.