Your stuck in the woods, out of propane and the kids are hungry.
Do you know the right fire to make?

Did you know there was a "right fire" for the situation?

Aren't ya glad ya know me.  
I'm not just another funny, java loving, SAHM blogger you know.

I got skillz.


Here you go:   if you build it right, it will burn baby!

Log cabin method - Stack layers alternating in direction, forming four walls in the shape of a square around a tepee.
 
 Many campers probably use the typical "Log home" method

- best for cooking food because its' square shape creates uniform heat


- if you put large pieces of "green wood" on top, make a cooking shelf




Or the easiest one, the "teepee":    


Tepee - Arrange tinder and a few sticks of kindling in the shape of a cone and light the center.
- most effective and most intense heat, thus will work best if your wood is wet, or "green"

 - however, due to the heat, burns through wood quickly






Another easy is the "star" design:


Star - With this arrangement, you can push the logs inward to increase heat, and pull them out to decrease heat.
 - ideal if you want to control the amount of heat:  push the logs inward to increase heat, pull them apart to decrease heat


 - if you need to conserve fuel - this is the ideal method


 - also great for kids roasting marshmallows since you can control the heat



But experienced campers know, the best campfire --- I mean the one that looks great AND lasts, is the "Pyramid" fire:


Pyramid - This is like the log cabin method, except the layers get smaller as they reach the top, and there is no tepee inside.

You build it sort of similar to the log home method, except notice the layers get smaller as they reach the top.   Notice also that the logs are layered, alternating in direction.

NOW - the thing with the Pyramid fire is that you light the top.   (If it is extremely windy, or even rainy,  this may not be the best method, unless you can shield the fire somehow.)  The other fire structures are all lit from within, burning from the bottom up.....and thus burning quickly, or require logs to be added frequently.     However, with this method, the top layer ignites the layer underneath, thus the fire burns downward on its own.   Thus lasting longer and not requiring more logs to be added.

The amount of heat and light that is generated will depend on how big you build your pyramid.   Generally, it does give off more light because no big logs are hiding the flame.   You can control the amount of heat based on the size - a small pyramid fire may not give off as much heat as the log home method.   With the exception of hot dogs and marshmallows on a stick, it is not generally used for cooking.

But, if you need a fire to last the long night.....this IS your fire.
 
 Although, some people have been known to go overboard in pursuit of the best bonfire

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Burn safely baby!
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