How to Build a Grill Campfire

How to Build a Grill CampfireWhen you're in the great outdoors, building a campfire can be for great for warmth, but it's also perfect for cooking delicious food. You don't have to limit yourself to hot dogs cooked on the ends of sticks. With a few supplies, you can throw a grill over that campfire and get some chicken, burgers, or whatever you'd like grilled to perfection.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Matches
  • Tinder (small twigs, dry leaves, wood shavings)
  • Kindling (small sticks)
  • Fuel (bigger pieces of wood used to maintain the fire)
  • Grill rack
  • Bricks, rocks or blocks
  • Cooking spray
  • Food to cook
Step 1
Use rocks to create a fire ring around the area that will become your campfire. This will keep the fire contained.
Step 2
Place a little bit of tinder in the middle of the fire ring. Use a match to light the tender, shielding the flame with your hand. If it is windy, crouch with the wind at your back as you light the match.
Step 3
Once the tinder is lit, conservatively continue to add more. Blow on the flame lightly to encourage the fire to spread.
Add kindling once the fire is more stable. Keep the kindling close together, but do not restrict the airflow to the flame.
Step 4
Once the fire is burning strongly, add fuel to it one piece at a time. Lay the fuel in a crisscross pattern, as this type of fire will produce good coals. The fire does not need to be very big because you will be grilling once the fire dies down and turns into coals.

Allow the campfire to burn until hot coals appear. Evenly distribute these coals over the campfire area. Do not put any more fuel on the fire at this point.
Step 5
Stack bricks, rocks, or blocks in a square around the fire. Put them close enough to lay the grill over, and high enough so the grill will be 6 inches above the coals.

Use cooking spray on your grill rack to prevent sticking. Use cooking oil or butter if you don't have cooking spray. Place the grill rack on top of the bricks, rocks or blocks. You can adjust the height by taking or adding more blocks. Your grill is now ready for you to cook your food.

Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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