A Quick intro to campfires - Canna Camp Supply Co

A Quick intro to campfires

Welcome back Canna Campers! As promised we’re back with campfire types and how to make them!

We’ve compiled a quick but ultimate guide on building a variety of campfires in the wilderness. From classic designs to innovative setups, we've got you covered. Let's delve into the details of each campfire type, ensuring you can ignite the perfect flame for any situation.

 Teepee Fire:

Teepee campfire

  The Teepee Fire is a time-honored classic. If you’ve made a fire before you’ve probably made this style but if not no fear we'll teach you how!

 Begin by arranging small sticks and kindling in a cone or teepee shape around a central point where your tinder nest resides. As the tinder catches fire, gradually add larger sticks to the outer layer of the teepee. This design maximizes airflow, encouraging a robust flame to emerge.

 Log Cabin Fire:

Log cabin campfire

   The Log Cabin Fire is all about structure. Lay two larger logs parallel to each other, then stack smaller logs perpendicularly on top, creating a square or rectangular structure. Place tinder and kindling in the center and light it. The log cabin design fosters good airflow and provides a stable base for your fire. 

Lean-To Fire:

lean-to style campfire

   Ideal for windy conditions, the Lean-To Fire involves setting up a windbreak using a large log or rocks. Lean smaller sticks against this barrier, creating a roof-like structure. Place tinder underneath, and ignite. This design is efficient in windy conditions and offers a clear direction for the smoke.

Platform Fire:

platform fire

   When dealing with damp conditions, the Platform Fire comes to the rescue. Lay a platform of logs or large rocks on the ground, elevating the fire and keeping it off wet surfaces. Arrange tinder and kindling on top and light. This design prevents water from soaking into the fire, ensuring a successful burn.

Star Fire:

star primitive fire

   The Star Fire is visually striking and efficient. Arrange larger logs in a star shape with the tinder and kindling in the center. As the fire burns, gently push the logs toward the center to maintain a steady flame. This method allows for a controlled, even burn.

 Upside-Down Fire (Pyramid Fire):

pyramid fire

   Flip the script with the Upside-Down Fire. Begin with the largest logs on the bottom, followed by progressively smaller logs, kindling, and tinder on top. Ignite the tinder, and watch as the fire consumes each layer. This method provides a longer burn time and requires less maintenance.

 Swedish Torch (Canadian Candle):

Swedish torch camp fire

   Elevate your campfire game with the Swedish Torch. Choose a large, dry log and make several deep, evenly spaced cuts or holes. Fill these cuts with tinder and light. The log burns from the inside out, offering a stable flame perfect for cooking or as a centerpiece for your camp.

 Dakota Fire Hole:

Dakota fire hole

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   Efficiency meets stealth with the Dakota Fire Hole. Dig a hole in the ground with a side tunnel acting as a vent. Build your fire in the hole, utilizing the vent to control airflow. This method is excellent for cooking, reduces the visibility of the fire, and leaves a minimal impact on the environment.



Remember, regardless of the campfire type you choose, always prioritize safety, follow local regulations, and practice Leave No Trace principles. Master these techniques, and you'll be well-equipped to kindle a flame in any wilderness setting. Happy camping! 🔥🏕️

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