Saturday, September 22, 2012


Fire.  It has been around for thousands of years.  It has hundreds of uses.  One of my favorite ways to cook, is over the fire pit.  After starting many, many fires in my lifetime, I have found an almost fool proof way of getting a fire started quickly and keep it burning efficiently.  Keep in mind, there are many factors that may or may not affect your fire.  Wind, dryness of available wood, weather conditions, etc.  A fire needs two things to survive: fuel and oxygen.

This is our fire pit in the backyard.  We use it a lot!


Start by placing two somewhat larger pieces of wood parallel to each other on the bottom.

Loosely crumple 3-4 pieces of newspaper between the two pieces of wood.

On top of the two pieces of wood and the crumpled newspaper, 
make a tic-tac-toe pattern with four kindling-like pieces.

Add another layer of the tic-tac-toe pattern on top of the first one but turn it slightly as shown.

Now, on top of the two layers of the tic-tac-toe patterns, 
place two more larger pieces of wood...just like you did on the bottom, 
only set them in the opposite direction as seen above.

Light the newspaper on one end where it is exposed.

Light the newspaper on the opposite exposed end.

Let the fire work on its own.  The construction of the wood will easily start consuming itself.

Your fire should look like this only after a few minutes of first lighting the paper.

After all of the wood has developed a substantial amount of hot embers, 
prop the top two pieces of wood off to one side as shown.

Gradually add more wood as needed by propping it on its end against the hot logs.  Propping them up like this will ensure that they are getting an ample supply of oxygen.

"To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything else in the world."
~Charles Dudley Warner

1 comment:

  1. So happy you posted this! Now I can prove to Jeff I am right. This is how I was taught to make a fire :)