October 24, 2013 14:21
in General Mt Barney Lodge by Nea ::
When camping at Mt Barney Lodge, there is nothing better than sitting around a roaring fire with the boys, a gently crackling fire with your lady, or preparing the perfect coals to cook marshmallows with the kids. So we thought we might give you a few helpful tips on how to get that perfect flame and impress your mates and family!
Step 1: Gather your wood
You will need a mixture of tinder (dry stuff to light the fire), Kindling (little stuff to get it going), and big stuff (dry old wood that will keep your fire burning long into the night).
Tinder can be dead leaves, dead grass, newspaper, or if you’re really clever the lint from your dryer at home. Kindling you will find under tree’s and in the gardens, aim for it to be no thicker than your little finger. Remember in this case, the smaller the better. The big stuff you can bring from home or purchase a bag of split hard wood from the office.
Step 2: Prepare your site
Always use existing fire place circles so as to minimise your impact on the natural environment and the grass. There are many of these at the Lodge so just choose your favourite. (see our Camping Etiquette tips # 6 & 7)
Step 3: Build your fire
This is the most important part of the process. Pick two large logs, and place them parallel to each other a handspan apart. Place your tinder between them, and place 2 of your larger kindling pieces at right angles on top of the logs. Then build a square-shaped tepee with your smallest kindling, until it is about 5cm high.
The larger remaining kindling will be used after the fire is lit.
Step 4: Light your fire
Place a lit match in through the tepee structure under the tinder. This way as the fire grows, it is directed upwards through your kindling layer, and eventually into the bigger stuff. When the tepee is well alight, start adding kindling in increasing sizes, effectively feeding the fire. Finally add the larger pieces of wood and you have yourself a first class fire! Remember you may need to blow air into your fire, down low, to ensure the flame spreads to all of your kindling.
Step 5: Extinguish your fire
Always have a bucket of water on hand for safety. It is a good idea to extinguish your fire before bed in case a gust of wind carries your burning embers into the bush. You don’t want to be the person that starts a bushfire!
Carefully pour water over your fire at the end of the night. At Mt Barney Lodge you don’t need to be perfect because all our fires are contained in fire pits, but best practice for the bush is to be dead certain that all of the coals have cooled down by placing your hand near the ashes, NOT in the ashes.
Ready to put your new campfire building skills to the test?