Outdoor Fire Pit Searches Surge 200% Ahead of Summer, Here’s How You Can Start and Burn Them Safely Whilst Camping

With the unpredictable weather in the UK, having the tools to start a fire pit whilst camping is essential. According to new Pinterest findings, Brits are searching for outdoor fire pits more than ever – with the term ‘outdoor fire pit area’ increasing 200% in searches

Dan McCarthy, Owner of Green Olive Firewood provides his expert tips on how you can start, maintain and put out a fire pit safely as you camp this spring/summer season. 

What you’ll need: 

Outdoor Fire Pit Firestarter supplies

Fire Starter: There are many different types of fire starters to choose from. The most common fuel sources are kitchen lighters and matches, which will do the job but are time-consuming. So it’s recommended to use a refillable gas utility lighter.

Firelighters: Opting for organic or wood wool firelighters is your best bet as they’re clean, all-natural and easy to use. Organic Firelighters are made from wood biomass and natural vegetable wax, whilst wood wool firelighters are made from wood shavings and natural wax. 

McCarthy adds: “These options are biodegradable and non-toxic, as they release less smoke and do not leave any toxic residue behind”

Kindling: These are sticks that can be burned for a long time. You can start and maintain a fire with kindling wood sticks. “Softwood kindling is best to get a fire started from cold, as it’s more fibrous than hardwood.”

Firewood: Larger pieces of hardwood such as logs are the main component of a fire, and they keep it burning all night long. Types of wood such as oak, for example, make excellent firewood and tinder material. McCarthy adds “Use very dense and heavy firewood logs or premium heat firewood. The heat you receive will be superior because of this.”

Now that you have all the necessary materials, it’s time to get your new fire pit started.

How To Start A Fire Pit Fire

The exciting part: lighting fires without lighter fluid or a butane torch in a fire pit.

1). In the bottom centre of the fire pit, place two or three natural firelighters.

2). Arrange your kindling or dry sticks at a 35-degree angle directly above your tinder to resemble a pyramid. Kindling frameworks should be close enough to each other to allow airflow, but not so close that they interfere with the airflow.

4). Next, ignite your tinder pile with your fire starter. You can add your firewood once your kindling starts burning.

5). The final step is to pile your kiln-dried firewood pieces of wood into the fire pit. You should arrange your firewood in a pyramid shape, just like your kindling. Leave small gaps between the firewood to allow airflow, but keep the firewood close enough to keep it concentrated.

Maintaining the Flame 

Preserving the fire in your fire pit is critical if you want the best fire and for the flame to burn brightly all night.

McCarthy reveals: “If your firewood isn’t bursting into flames or the fire is going out, try adding more kindling and check the firelighters are burning. Make sure your firewood is in good condition as well. Rotate more pieces of firewood if the logs are all black and crumbling or the flame is dying.”

How to Put Out A Fire

Your camp gathering is winding down, the marshmallows have all been eaten, and you’re ready to head to sleep after successfully lighting and maintaining your fire. The flame must now be safely extinguished from a safe distance.

1). Using a hose or bucket of water, gently sprinkle water on the fire. It is important not to throw or pour water on your fire pit, as this can cause damage. 

2). After you have sprinkled water and the fire has turned to embers, take a shovel and mix the ash and embers until you do not hear any hissing. 

3). When the ash is cool, softly touch it and dispose of it properly. Firewood should be stored correctly if it is unused. 

McCarthy warns: “In extreme cases, a fire extinguisher may be needed if the fire has gone out of control or has caught onto something nearby.”