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How to make a campfire in the rain?

On checking the current weather report did you find that the location that you have chosen for your next campsite might receive mild showers?


Well worry not, we are aware that because of the absence of dry conditions and kindlers, lighting a campfire might seem tricky; but, by diligently following the few steps mentioned in the section below, we are assuming that your campfire will not turn out as challenging as you think!


Here is how to make a campfire in the rain:



Choose the campfire spot

In the vast open land, try to look for a shelter if you can; but remember, it shouldn’t be under or close around a solitary tree, as there is a high probability that with a single gush of wind all the water droplets and wet leaves might land on your fire, thus extinguishing it. In case you are unable to locate a potential shade, create one by yourself by fixing 4 bamboo or wooden sticks at four corners and attaching the four corners of a thick plastic or fiber sheet to create the canopy.


Once done, dig up a pit for the fire to establish itself following the strength of the wind; swifter its speed, more should the pit’s depth. Additionally, ensure that the firebase created doesn’t find a scope to attract or retain any moisture or wetness from the rain. Guard it with a few more kindlers or small pieces of wood if possible.



Collect the kernel

Rather than planning to collect all the essential materials to light up a fire at the campsite itself, you must carry a few rudiments of your own. To protect them from the harsh whims of the weather, create a strong fibrous coat for them which when comes in contact with the rain will soak absorb the water and not let it pass on the dry materials.


This fibrous cover can be made out of the thick material that lies inside the branches of the tree after its pulp has been shaved off. Not only will it fulfill your purpose of keeping away the moisture, but will also form a flexible rope to carry the bundle from one point to another.


Set it up!

The most useful structure for your campfire in this scenario is the Teepee method where the logs and kindlers are supported against one another at the center of the pit. This is because, apart from the safeguard provided by the deep pit, the woods too, to some extent, cover the fire inside it. Start constructing the structure by placing the lighter and thinner twigs and leaves at the bottom and then gradually build it up to a desirable height by adding thicker wooden blocks.


The base of the column should be made and catalyzed by objects in such a way that it will ignite the fire even if the ground below it is wet. In conditions like this, do not wholly depend on matchsticks or lighter to take you through the process; always carry other means of lighting fire in such a way that it covers a generous area at a single shot so that the whole thing doesn’t burn out with one strong gush of wind.


Remember: if you want to conserve the campfire for the rest of the night even if its strength turns mild, then the structure shouldn’t touch a tall height as it will become prone to more fuel consumption and might turn dangerous in the middle of the night when you are not watching it.

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