While most people prefer a clear site as their camping spot because of the availability of more land, but setting up a pit fire amidst the woods have distinct essence altogether. But, when you are in the woods, there is a lengthier list of cautions that you need to resort to before building the fire pit and even greater checkboxes to tick in during its development.
Here is how to make a fire pit in the woods in a few simple and efficient steps:
Clean the surroundings
First things first, before getting started with the process of creating a fire pit in the woods, conclude a safe spot and clear the surroundings. Do not just push the leaves and branches lying around further from the pit, clean and transfer them to a different place. The clearance should continue to at least 10 to 12 feet around the pit and make sure this process of elimination doesn’t include the uprooting of any twig or hurts any animal frequenting the area.
Create the pit
Once you have cleared the arena, start digging the pit. It would be favorable if you check the land for dense dry mineral soil so that the fire burns for a longer time and doesn’t exhaust much fuel; if not, then at least strive to make the base dry and clear. It is recommended that the pit should have a minimum depth of one foot, but if you can scoop out more sand while digging, the fire in the pit will be furnished with an opportunity to burn amidst any wind. Do not throw away the sand and pebbles that you discover while digging the pit; you can use the stones to form a demarcation for the fire and the sand can be employed to fill in the hollow once you complete your activities in the woods.
When you are planning to set up a pit fire in the woods, due to the presence of other dry materials like leaves, twigs, branches of a tree and dry fruit shells there is a chance for the fire to spread if not arranged rightly. Firstly, use the Teepee method to ignite the fire and start by arranging the smaller and thinner kindling at the bottom and then guard it by the bigger pieces of wood.
This way, the fire will have a safeguard against rain or wind and won’t require a frequent supply of wood. Neatly outline the pit with rocks so that during an emergency, the fire doesn’t spread amongst its surroundings and acquire a gigantic form. Furthermore, keep in mind that the rocks shouldn’t be made of materials that have a low threshold for heat; with them, the chances of causing an explosion.
Ignite the fire
Now that you have constructed a full-proof pit, it is time to ignite the fire. Start by arranging the tinder that can include anything from dried wax to cardboard sheets, along with the kindling. Both the tinder and kindling should be in such a form that helps you to light the fire with greater ease and doesn’t exhaust the whole bunch of supplies at one go. Coming to the firewood, always pick the ones that are dead so that they have a longer life inside the pit. Once done, you are all prepared to ignite the fire and have a great time!