A hot dog wrapped in a tortilla with cheese oozing out being cooked over a campfire with a toasting fork.

How to Build Cooking Fires

Lighting a fire and cooking a meal over it has a romantic quality harking back to the good old days. But when faced with the actual task for the first time it quickly becomes apparent that there is a lot more to it than possible first thought.

This collection of how-to’s covers all the fires typically lit for camp cooking along with all the steps needed to make them.

All Cooking Fires Techniques

Slit Fire

The slit fire originates from Finland where is known as a “rakovalkea” which translates literally as “slit bonfire”. It gets…

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Fire Bundle Stove

A Fire Bundle Stove effectively bundles a group similarly sized small logs together that stands upright. The bundling process creates…

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Log Stove Fire

A Log Stove Fire effectively binds a split log back together that stands upright. The bundling process creates enough air…

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Swedish Log Fire

The Swedish Log Fire comes from the German name ‘Schweden Fackel’, which translates more to Swedish Fire Torch, but it…

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Tepee Fire

The Tepee Fire, which is also known as the tipi fire, tepee fire and pyramid fire, clearly gets its range…

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Altar Fire

The Altar Fire (or alter fire) in its simplest form is a fire that is built on a structure raising…

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