How To Build a Fire Pit in the Woods (Without Getting Injured)
Learning this skill gives you the know-how to keep warm and cook food in cold weather, not to mention, acting as a line of defense from other animals.
In this article, we will be going over the two key aspects of building a safe fire pit in the woods: safety guidelines and the basics of construction.
1. Clear Out a Campfire Area
You can always use a hoe to better clear out this area. However, while doing this it's important that you do not disturb any current ecosystems or homes of other emails.
So, it's suggested that you look for a pre-cleared area that can make it easier on your part and prevent and disruption from other animals.
2. Dig Out a Fire Pit
Most people use a shovel to dig their fire pit, but we found it more helpful to first use a how to loosen the dirt, and then start digging.
If you find any rocks while digging, you can use those to outline your fire pit and prevent your fire from spreading outside the pit.
3. Outline Your Fire Pit Using Rocks
It's best to look for large rocks to rest a fire poker on, and further prevent any sparks from igniting the grass outside your fire pit.
Another thing that you should keep in mind that rocks can explode under a certain temperature. It's best to specifically look for rocks that are dry, hard, and have a constant color to use around your fire pit.
Rocks that you should not use include limestones and chalks since the heat from your fire can break them down.
Building Your Fire
Unfortunately, there's more to building your fire pit than simply spreading stones around in a circle. In this part of our guide, we will be going over building your campfire.
Here are the supplies that you will need:
Tinder is commonly known as the easiest and smallest tool to help get your fire going, it can take a variety of forms that you can collect to start building your campfire, these include: wax, lint, fire starters, cardboard and wood shavings.
Kindling is the next step up from kindling and usually consist of small branches or twigs. However, they can also be dead tree bark which can catch on fire easier (just make sure it's dry).
Firewood is the fuel of the fire. This type of wood should be one to five inches in diameter and can be anything from whole to split logs. However, your firewood should be completely dry and contain no rot. Another thing to keep in mind is that all your firewood should already be dead. There's no need to cut down trees to benefit your fire. After all, if everyone did this, there would be no forests left.
Matches & lighters are your tools to light your fire. Although you can try using a ceramic firesteel striker or firesteel, but using matches or a lighter can light your fire within seconds.
Step 2: Enjoy Your Fire!
Now that you're fire is lit, it's time to enjoy it. All your hard work has finally paid off and you can now get warm or cook a delicious meal.
We hope this guide can finally give you the emergency preparedness skills you need. However, before you go, check out our list of fire safety tips below. We promise they're more important than you think.
Bonus: Campfire Safety Tips
Follow these important safety tips to properly dispose of your fire and prevent any forest fires while you're at it:
Now that you've mastered your fire pit building, fire building, and fire safety, you can safely begin making your own fire pits.
It may seem like a hassle to learn about these tips and instructions, but it can help you safely manage fire on your own. More accidents happen than you think and the last thing you want is to become a statistic.
This article was written by our friend Will Ellis at Gun News Daily.