How to Make a Fire Last Longer

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Items you will need

  • Large and small logs

  • Sticks

  • Dry kindling

  • Paper

  • Fire starters


  • Ensure that children stay away from the fire, saving them from potential risk or harm.

Oftentimes it is hard to enjoy a fire when it isn't long-lasting, and you need to place a new log onto it with each hour. Discover the method for creating a long-lasting fire, with the same materials and different placement. Take note from campers that enjoy eight-to-nine-hour fires through the process of the upside-down fire. This alternative way of stacking the logs will create little ash and will prevent the 30 to 40 minute turnover time between log placements.

    Larger logs at the bottom of the fire stack will provide greater burn time.
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    Layer a series of logs in alternating directions to start the fire. Lay the first and bottommost layer of logs spaced evenly in the same direction. Stack a second layer on top of the original layer but facing the opposite way. Repeat this step with a third layer of smaller logs situating them in an alternate direction from the second layer.

    Smaller sticks will help layer the fire stack.
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    Cover the top layer of small logs with sticks, once again crossing them in the opposite direction. Complete this step two more times with dry kindling, positioning both in opposite directions. Finish the stack with a final layer of ripped paper and fire lighters at the top.

    Smaller wood stoves may require fewer logs due to spacing issues.
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    Utilize the provided space appropriately. If the given space lacks the necessary amount of room to account for the series of layers, remove one layer of the same-sized log set.

    Embers within the fire help to extend the burn time.
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    Burn the fire from the top down to increase the ember burn time. Watch the embers as they continue down the fire, burning as they go. Allow time for the fire to begin, assisting it by gently blowing on it to provide extra oxygen to the flame.

    A long-lasting fire is more enjoyable and efficient in material use.
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    Use less wood overall while producing a long-lasting and durable fire. Notice how long the fire lasts for, as well as the reduced amount of ash and times that the logs will need to be replaced. Stay warm through the night with this creative fire-burning method.