IMG_0532.JPG

GATHERING WOOD

Its time to get the fire blazing! You'll need three basics types of materials to build your roaring campfire: tinder, kindling, and fuel wood.

Tinder. Every good campfire starts with good tinder. Tinder catches fire easily, but burns fast. Material like dry leaves, dry bark, wood shavings, newspaper, dry grass, and some fluffy fungi make for good tinder. If you’re a smart camper, you’ll bring your own tinder in the form of dryer lint or homemade char cloth while backpacking or a bunch of newspaper if car camping. Bringing your own tinder is especially important when everything outside is wet. Believe it or not, wet tinder does not catch on fire.

Kindling. Tinder burns fast, so you’ll need something with more substance to keep your flame going. You can’t move directly to big logs. You’ll just smother your little flame. That’s where kindling comes in. Kindling usually consists of small twigs and branches. Go for something that’s about the width of a pencil. Like tinder, kindling needs to be dry or else it won’t burn as easily. If all you have are wet twigs and branches, try whittling away the damp bark with your pocket knife.

Fuel wood. Fuel wood is what keeps your fire hot and burning. Contrary to popular belief, fuel wood doesn’t have to look like the huge logs you use in a fireplace. If you go too big, it’s going to take a long time for the wood to catch fire. Look for branches that are about as wide as your wrist or your forearm.

General tips. When gathering wood for a fire, collect wood that snaps and breaks easily. Dry wood burns the best. If your wood bends, it’s too wet or “green.” If your try to make a fire with this sort of wood, you’ll just get a lot of smoke. Unlike tinder and kindling, fuel wood can be a little damp. The fire will dry it out, but it’s still not ideal.

Collect twice as much tinder, kindling, and fuel wood as you think you’ll need. You’ll be surprised how fast you’ll go through tinder and kindling when you’re starting your fire.

What You Will Need To Build A Perfect Fire

Outdoor Tools Built to Last

Estwing has a long tradition of making quality striking tools for the outdoors. Estwing Axes made in the 1940’s have been passed down through generations and can still be found in use today.

Protect the Trees
From Tree-killing Bugs!

Don’t risk starting a new infestation of an invasive insect or disease.

You have the power to save trees!

Don’t take firewood with you on your camping trip, RV adventure, or up to your hunting camp. Don’t bring firewood back from your second home to your place in the suburbs. Don’t bring it with you on your scout’s camping trip. Instead, buy it where you’ll burn it, or gather firewood on site when permitted.

BEWARE OF POISON IVY

Watch Video

Wells Lamont began in 1907 with five sewing machines, a handful of cotton cloth, and a passion for high-quality gloves. Since then, we have worked hard to uphold our century-long legacy of quality, reliability, and always putting the customer first.