Romantic Campfires

Romantic Campfire

Snapping flames and dancing firelight from a campfire is truly Romantic. Campfires connect us with our primal instincts. They make us feel warm and safe.

When your campfire is going it is time to RELAX. Sit and enjoy a delicious dinner with a glass of wine. Make s’mores! Let conversation about the day and the soothing ambiance replace your TV and computer. Leave those things at home!

REMEMBER: Smoke follows beauty. This means you and significant other might temporarily experience some campfire smoke in your face. There is a secret solution to this problem. Hold your hand out in front of you and say, 'White Rabbit' three times. If you speak with a firm tone the smoke will change direction!

Getting Firewood

Campfires are frequently prohibited during summer months due the risk of forest fires. This means you should only purchase firewood before your trip if you know that campfires are permitted at your campsite.

Many grocery stores sell boxes or bundles of firewood. If you bring your own firewood, be sure to also include fire-starter (newspaper) and dry kindling. Of course, bringing an extra lighter is always a good idea too!

If you are camping at a State or National Park they will often have firewood available for sale. Some Parks even deliver firewood right to your campsite! Be sure to ask about the campfire policy and firewood situation when you register for your campsite.

REMEMBER: Decaying wood is essential to the health of the soil. If you must gather firewood, do so away from your immediate camping area. Always gather dry and dead wood only. This will help reduce your environmental impact on the camping area.

Firewood Types

  • Aspen: Burns clean, but can be difficult to ignite. Good for cooking meat.
  • Birch: Easy to light and good for cooking meat.
  • Cedar: Lights fast and burns quickly. Excellent for kindling and great for cooking.
  • Fir: Easy to ignite, but NOT ideal for cooking due to its sparky nature.
  • Maple: Burns clean, although difficult to get started. Great for cooking meat.
  • Oak: Clean burning and great for cooking. Can be difficult to ignite.
  • Pine: Quick burning and easy to start. Often quite smoky and sparky. Not good for cooking.
  • Spruce: Easy to ignite, but can be smoky and sparky. Not good for cooking.

Your Campfire Spot

Always use the designated fire pit if there already is one!

If there isn’t a previously designated fire spot you can create one. Campfires can leave ugly marks on rocks and destroy surrounding plants and soil. The goal is to create a campfire in such a way that the next person at your campsite will not even know you were there. There are two basic options:

1) Fire mound: Situate a few DRY flat rocks in the area you want your fire (wet rocks will explode when they get hot). Then cover the rocks with several inches of soil or sand. Creating your fire atop of this mound allows you preserve the ground vegetation below. When the fire is out cold you can then appropriately disperse the evidence.

2) Fire pit: This requires digging a shallow hole down to where the soil is exposed. Be certain that there are NOT deep layers of leaves, needles and other flammables. Clear the area around the pit of anything flammable. Cover your fire pit with non-flammable soil once the fire is out and you are ready to leave.

Building a Campfire

Campfire building is a MUST HAVE skill for Romantic Camping. Your ability to make a campfire distinguishes you from the rest of the animals on this planet. If you can't build and maintain a beautiful campfire you will NOT impress your partner.

ROMANTIC IDEA: Being IMPRESSIVE is a primary goal of Romantic Camping. Your partner’s sexual attraction depends on your ability to impress them. Building a great campfire is an easy and effective way to meet this requirement. So, do it well!

There are several ways to build a campfire. The easiest way is the “lean-to” method. Follow these five simple steps:

1) Crumple some newspaper into balls and set them in the middle of your fire site.

2) Set a larger piece of wood lengthwise behind the crumpled paper.

3) Place several small pieces of kindling across the crumpled paper so that the kindling is leaning perpendicular against the large piece of wood.

4) Light the paper.

5) Continually add larger pieces of wood by leaning them perpendicular against your original big piece of wood.

That’s all there is to it! Campfires are easy to build. Just remember to give them space to breath. Leave small gaps between the pieces of wood you add on top.

Campfire Basics

  • Always clear space of five feet or more around the fire area.
  • Keep your tent FAR from the fire’s spark range.
  • Use caution when wearing synthetic fibers. They can melt!
  • Wear shoes around the fire area.
  • Use pot grabbers and gloves when removing cookware from the fire.
  • Never leave the fire unattended. Put it out before you leave!

REMEMBER: The Romantic experience of having a campfire is a privilege that must be respected. During summer months there is always a high the risk of forest fires. Building campfires correctly and extinguishing them with lots of water is crucial.

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