Making a campfire that lasts...

MagdalenaP

Member
Nov 10, 2018
172
Tilbury, ON
We all know to pack in our wood stoves tight to get a long burn, so I'm going to do that with a campfire...any other ideas to make an outdoor campfire last a long time?

We go to provincial parks (Canada) and sometimes the wood is not only pricey, but very green or wet too.Note: Cannot bring rocks. Pictured is what most firepits look like.

Thank you in advance.
 

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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
83,000
South Puget Sound, WA
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begreen

Mooderator
Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
83,000
South Puget Sound, WA
Top-down burn will last longer.
 

EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
278
White Mountain Region, NH
A friend of mine makes the Swedish fire logs out of hemlock and spruce blowdowns. Seems like a lot of work but up front but they do burn all night. He makes a bunch at a time so they have time to dry. Heck, you can bring a bunch of premade ones and use them as camp stools until you're ready to burn them. There are different options to cook over them as well.

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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
899
Palmyra, WI
There was one time camping, where the fire ring supplied was typical, except that it had no air holes on the sides. We inserted our wood supply vertically, as tight as we could, and lit it with a fire starter. A 20in tall by 2ft dia wad of sticks. Over time, I noticed that there were very little flames, and commented that a pan of beans will take forever to warm up. Pan on, sit back, they were smoking hot in about 10 seconds. Hmm. Odd. Next morning we woke to the strangest thing. The entire supply of splits were completely intact, as we left them the night before. All glowing, blue flames, mostly very hot charcoal at that point. I expected a small pile of ash at the bottom, not at all. It’s tough to duplicate, since we usually want a real campfire, you know, like, with flames and all.