How to Build a Camp Fire

by James Buchanan

Building a camp fire using grass and a fire stone (or matches!)


  • 1 Firestone (or matches)
  • 1 Bunch Dry grass
  • 1 Bunch Dry kindling
  • 1 Fire basket
  • 1 Metal base
  • 4 Firebricks
  • 1 Bunch Logs
  • 1 Char cloth (if using fire stone)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Assemble your fire grate, bricks on the floor metal tray on top to collect ash and the fire basket on top

    Step 2

    Place some kindling in the basket to make a base so stuff doesnt fall through. (Spectators should ensure of a full glass of wine at this point)

    Step 3

    Place a couple of pieces of char cloth on the grass and strike firmly the Firestone to cause sparks to land on cloth. (no char cloth or firestone? Use matches!)

    Step 4

    Gather the smouldering grass and blow until it catches.

    Step 5

    Try not to burn yourself with the burning grass

    Step 6

    Place the burning grass into the fire basket.

    Step 7

    Assemble some kindling on top taking care not to smother flames. A gentle blow can help things along (or firelighters)

    Step 8

    Finally add some small logs. If you have any part burnt logs from the night before use those too as they burn well.

    Step 9

    The more logs you add the better the fire! Go grab a beer and some marshmallows.

    Step 10

    Camp fires best are enjoyed with a beer. Starring Kris Purdy a fire starting virgin who needed to start a fire to tick off a '30 things to do by 30'