Light My Fire Baby

Light Your Fire

Finally, we're gonna light the fire! I bet you thought I'd never let you get this far with all the site preparation, fuel gathering, and laying the fire. But, its now time to light 'er up!

There are lots of fun, interesting, and challenging ways to light your fire. Most of them have to do with primitive methods or survival needs and are covered on the fire starters page, but for now I want to give you some advice on getting your fire started easily. Later, you can get tricky about it.

Remember that you need Fuel, Air, and Heat to have a fire. A very important tip to keep in mind is that Heat Rises. So, when lighting a fire, make sure you light under the fuel so the fire burns up into the fuel. I've lost count of how many times I've seen the tops of kindling burn out because the tinder was on top and then the fire needs to be laid all over again.

OK, my advice to you on lighting your campfire:

Match Lighting


Lighting a match is a simple thing, but even such a simple task can be done correctly or clumsily:

Move Along: Extinguishing a Fire



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