How to Make Fire Pits

How to Make Fire PitsFire is a horrific danger to any forest and everything that resides there. When camping its always imperative to have a proper fire pit to contain any fires that you might make. By having a proper fire pit you'll not only protect the surrounding nature, but your life as well. Once you've made a fire pit at your campsite, you'll be able to sit by it and relax knowing your fire will be contained and all is safe.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shovel
  • Rocks
  • Rake
  • Old Charcoal Grill Base
Step 1
Choose an area to build your fire pit that is away from any low hanging branches or trees. You don't want the flames licking the branches and causing them to catch afire. Building it in an open space away from any bushes or other debris is advisable.
Step 2
Rake the area to free it from any leaves, branches or other material that can start on fire. Clear at least a six foot circle so there's no chance of sparks lighting anything lying on the ground.
Step 3
Dig approximately a three to four inch indentation in the center of the cleared area. You'll only need to dig out an area that's about a foot in size. This will allow air to get underneath the stack of wood you'll be lighting and will help your fire burn better.
Step 4
Gather some rocks or stones from the surrounding area. You want to build a border around the area where the wood will be burning. Stack them in a three foot circle around the center of the cleared area. The rocks don't have to be too high, but high enough to where everyone will be able to see them and recognize that's where the fire pit is located. You don't want someone stumbling into the fire pit at night and falling on hot coals.
Step 5
Use the base of an old charcoal grill to burn the wood in, if you have one. It's not imperative to use one, but it will keep the fire under more control. If you don't have one to use, lay your wood over the indentation you dug in the ground and start your fire.

Tips & Warnings

Store your wood a safe distance away from the fire. Never throw water on a campfire to put it out. The steam can burn you.
Store your wood a safe distance away from the fire.
Never throw water on a campfire to put it out. The steam can burn you.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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