Our favorite travel time for outdoor activities is hands down the fall. No matter where we travel to, we love to light up the fire pits that are at the places we are staying. What I have learned is that you really have to know how to spark a fire in order to get these to work.
After being in a few, unfortunate travel situations, where we were either understocked with items we needed to spark a pit fire or with no items at all, we have gotten really good at making kindling sparks and lighting pit fires at all of our lodging destinations.
The seasons are changing and what follows are cooler nights, fewer hours of sunshine and an earlier night. However, all of this means, more time to use those fire pits and create great outdoor family time. Now it’s time for bonfires, pit fires, and outdoor hearths to really be the star attractions of backyard gatherings, don’t you agree?
I hope this will help you light your pit fires more easily. For those of you who have never lit a pit fire, use my tips on how to light your fire ~ kindling sparks to move along faster! Time to ‘flame on!’ Lavishly living life outdoors, and make sure your fire catches, lights, and glows with warmth!
HOW TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE~ KINDLING SPARKS
Great Pit Fires don’t just happen, they take time. The kids all think that bonfires and backyard pit fires are so easy. Mine, just invite their friends by the bunches and I make sure I hit the warehouse club, long before we strike a single match!
From S’MORES to, hot dogs and everything in between, back yard parties just begin to happen. Make sure to learn the art to light a pit fire and keep it burning! Now let’s make a shopping list before we light it the backyard.
The Shopping list For Backyard Bonfires with Fire Pits
Don’t forget to have items for cleanup too, like wipes for your hands and face, in addition to some trash bags, and water gallon to douse the fire.
Fire Pit Supplies – How to Light Your Fire – Kindling to Sparks
Fires are all about the tinder and kindling and from there, it burns baby burn! Before you strike a match before you get your large logs on the fire, you have to create a great base and as with any foundation when it’s strong everything else is supported.
Get your supply of tinder, and definitely keep it sheltered and stored away from the house. Mice, love wood, just in case you did not know that, as do spiders. No sense storing future issues closer to your home than need be right?
KINDER AND TINDER DISCUSSION
Tinder comes before the kindling takes on the fire. You need to make sure that you have some form of kindling wood ready to light the larger logs.
However, tinder enables you to get a fast, equal burning flame. The flame you get will help you catch fire to the kindling and the kindling will light up those big, fat logs!
Tinder will only take a Spark to ignite, it’s that quick and that easy. (love this)
Alternative to TINDER
One year, no matter what I did, the fire would not spark and start. Finally, after just getting so tired of the whole situation, I went ahead and ordered these little miracle squares. So if as you read on, and you don’t want to put effort into starting a pit fire, order these!
If you have a dryer, you have got the best fire-starter in the world. Simply take your lint from the lint catch (it has to be dry, I store mine in a lunch paper bag for when we make fires).
Throw some of this on the kindling and you will not believe how FLAMMABLE this stuff is kind of like a lightning bolt! There’s no question why lint returns are so dangerous.
Cotton balls and Vaseline. Yes, Glopulate(my word, glopping cotton balls with vaseline=glopuate) cotton balls with Vaseline. This will burn well, long, and be hot! I store mine in zippered plastic bags.
In a pinch we have tossed potato chips on and wow does this catch fire (nothing mushy though). Trust me, from ski slopes to ill-prepared rental homes, we have had to get really crafty with our fire lighting, or there would have been no heat in our fireplaces.
We applied the same principals to fire pit lighting and it all just works! Necessity is the mother of invention right? Trust me, we have been in some of the worst lodges when skiing and some of the best. When we were in the worst, we got really slick in figuring our way around a fire!
We were in a ski cabin, locally, there was no heat, and it was freezing. We were desperate to get the fire going and we did not have logs or tinder. UGH! I will tell we tried everything.
Having hiked in a field of pine cones earlier on that day, I recalled so many pine cones that I thought, why not. Continuing to hike, into the chilly air, we gathered a bag of them and we had tinder!
Don’t forget that the long needles of pine that are dead (brown) also are perfect for burning and sometimes the scent comes out too!
A few other off the wall items you might consider: hair clippings (if you cut your families hair, keep the hair in a bag and use it for tinder), dry moss (totally dependant on where you live), and grapevines (again dependant on where you live)
POWER OF CANDLE WAX
Remember, we travel a lot and when we travel, we rest along the way. One tip I have to pass on is this one. Light a candle, let the wax build. Take a cotton ball and put about 5 match heads into it, burying them.
Dip the cotton/match wad into the wax, which effectively seals the matches and cotton ball and will allow you to keep it waterproof until you arrive at your cabin (this has saved us a few times).
Another tip is to save all those old tennis shoelaces, dip them in wax, let them dry and pack them up, perfection for fire lighting!
Kindling wood is the small wood that makes the actual logs catch on fire. You need a good bit of this to get that log going, so don’t be shy when gathering, we go by the bucket!
I like logs that will burn for a while, so when we start a fire we know our kindling can not be short-lived it has to have some sustenance to it in order to light that fatter log, often easier said than done.
Fire starting can be a challenge as well and that is why a good TINDER comes in handy. Have you noticed I am covering both in my article? That’s the reason.
To get the fire started, I use crumpled pieces of paper and set up kindling in a teepee formation. After the kindling catches, I begin to add progressively larger logs.
The key is to use dried kindling and logs to be sure that the fire catches. Now if that does not work for you, fear not, I have a bunch of other methods that may!
You need to manufacture a strong fire and this is done by the basis of kindling that you lay in the structure. You might, however, find a great fire created with bbq briquettes.
LAVISHLY LIVE PIT FIRES OUT LOUD
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