Campfire Lays PT2
Jim Deroba (Deroba@AOL.COM)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 16:03:04 -0500
Friendship Fires start with larger logs slightly smaller logs are added on
top until you reach the size of kindling. The wood must get smaller very
gradually and spaces must be left between the wood of each layer. The fire
is lit from the top and burns down. Coals from the upper layers drop and
ignite the lower layers. This fire is often used at Camp Fires. It burns
slowly and lasts a long time. It takes practice and experience to get it to
work right. Fires do not normally burn downwards.
Keyhole Fire Rings are primarily used for cooking. the idea is that you keep
a fire burning in the larger area to make coals. You rake coals to the
smaller area to cook on. Works very well for Dutch Oven cooking.
Reflector Fires are used for cooking an providing heat. A log or stone wall
is built behind the fire (you can cover it with tinfoil). Heat is reflected
away from the wall as the fire burns. A log wall makes one of the nicest
looking fires I've ever seen (make sure you topple the wall to make sure it
is out). If you use stone do not use shale or sandstone.
Always make sure your fire is OUT!!!. Drench it, stir it, and drench it
again. Put you hand on it. It should be cold to the touch before you leave.
When you do leave stand a stick in the middle or put a log X over the cold
ashes. If a forest fire does start somewhere nearby, that proves that you
didn't start it.
Thanks Mike Walton
Posted by Jim Deroba---- Deroba @AOL.Com
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