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How To Build A Campfire: Tinder, Kindling, and Fuel

This post was updated on March 15th, 2024

We all love easy-to-follow instructions. This super-useful and detailed illustration from ScoutmasterCG makes building the perfect campfire about as exact a science as possible.

See also: 3 Portable Propane Outdoor Campfires. Ideal For Burn Ban Locations.

The chart breaks things down into five stages:

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  1. Gather
  2. Build
  3. Tinder
  4. Kindling
  5. Fuel

Before clicking your lighter or striking your first match, be sure to gather together all the materials you’ll need in starting and fueling the fire.

See also: Campfires Make You Feel Good. Learn How to Make One Better Than Your Neighbors.

Though there are a few ways to build an advanced campfire, you generally don’t have to get too cute. Using this handy sizing chart you’ll get a better feel for what sized wood works best.

Happy campfire building! 🙂

How to build a campfire

ScoutmasterCG is a helpful website to visit if you, or someone you know, is interested in Scouting. You can learn more about ScoutmasterCG here.

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