How to Successfully Start a Fire

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We’ve come to a point where the air is turning colder and less people are going outside. But, of course, this doesn’t stop the adventurers from going out and having fun. If you’d like to have some heat during your outing, especially if you’re going camping, here’s how to successfully start a fire.

However, it’s important to note that fire is dangerous and shouldn’t be played with. So, make sure you keep any children or pets away from fire. Make sure you don’t burn any plastic or any harmful chemicals and don’t throw fireworks into the spark. This can hurt people and damage property. You should also never leave it unattended.

Gather what you need

The first step you need to do is to gather the necessary items in order to start a fire. These are usually:

  • Wooden sticks
  • Some dry leaves or grass
  • A lighter or matches
  • A knife or axe (if you need to cut some wood)
  • Logs
  • Shovel (if you need to dig a pit)
  • Big rocks or a fire pit
  • Protective gloves or glasses
  • Water

After gathering what you need, make sure you wear any protective gear such as the gloves and glasses mentioned, keep any flammables away and tie up your hair if it’s particularly long before starting.

Step 1

The first step is to grab your shovel and dig up any grass until you see dirt. The circular space should mainly be dirt and its size depends on how big you want your fire to be. If you want a large fire, make sure you gather more sticks and logs. For a smaller fire, you’ll need less.

Step 2

To contain the fire, grab your rocks and use it to line your circular space. Alternatively, if you have a metal fire pit, you can place it on the space and use it as a base.

Step 3

You should then place your sticks and leaves or grass into your circular space or into the fire pit. The leaves or grass will act as tinder for the fire and is responsible for creating a flame, so make sure you have some for your pit.

Step 4

If you have a lighter or some matches, it’s time to light your kindling. Once a spark has ignited and a flame has started to burn, add more leaves or grass to the fire for it to grow and to produce more heat.

If you don’t have a lighter or any matches, you can start a fire naturally by cutting a ‘V’ shape in a piece of wood. Place some bark in the shape, which will enable you to catch an ember. Using a round stick, you should then place it in the shape and spin the stick back and forth using your palms. While spinning it, push it down gently until you get a spark. Once you see a spark, transfer it to your pile and blow to create a flame.

Step 5

The next step is to place your logs around the fire. It’s recommended to try and make a cone shape to allow some airflow, which is needed to keep the fire going. If you need logs, use your axe to chop some up. If you need to put out the fire, throw some water on it to extinguish the flame. Water is also very handy for any emergencies.


This is how you can successfully start a fire. If you need advice, help, or for any enquiries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our fire system experts from our directory here. Alternatively, you can also contact our fireplaces and stoves professionals.

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