How to Build a Fire

Melt away winter chills without jacking up your heating bill: Mike Broadston, of the Winnebago Council Boy Scouts of America, helps us light a fire the old-fashioned way.
how to build a fire

1. Gather small twigs, medium-size sticks and larger logs to get the fire going fast. Avoid any that are freshly cut or damp -- the moisture creates a lot of smoke and they won't burn well.

2. Layer the wood. Pile two handfuls of chips or twigs in the center -- cheaters can also use dry leaves or newspaper -- and surround these with medium-size sticks in a crisscross pattern (lay two sticks lengthwise, then two sticks across) so oxygen can flow between the gaps. Top carefully with a few large logs in a teepee shape.

3. Light a matchd place it in one of the gaps. It should ignite the small sticks or newspaper first, then spread to the logs. Add wood as needed, blowing gently around the base to help it catch.

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