How to Light a Fire: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Light a Fire: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Light a Fire: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

Bonfires provide an excellent atmosphere for outdoor events such as parties and celebrations. And as long as they're handled safely and follow local and government laws, they're relatively easy to organize. Just don't forget the marshmallows!


Have a Bonfire Step 1

Step 1. Choose the location

It could be in your backyard, or your friend's. It can be at a beach or at a camp.

Have a Bonfire Step 2

Step 2. Collect several dry branches, leaves, sticks and wood that will not be used

Make sure you have plenty of large pieces of firewood as branches and leaves burn quickly.

Have a Bonfire Step 3

Step 3. Dig a shallow ditch

It should be the size you want the fire to be, somewhere between 50 cm x 50 cm and 1 m x 1 m is reasonable.

Have a Bonfire Step 4

Step 4. Surround it with bricks or stones

This will prevent the fire from spreading out of the pit.

Have a Bonfire Step 5

Step 5. Load the firewood

Arrange the wood, branches and sticks upright like a pyramid and place the leaves underneath.

Have a Bonfire Step 6

Step 6. Ignite the wood

Anything to light, such as lighters, will do, and start the leaves from underneath.

Have a Bonfire Step 7

Step 7. Place some lawn chairs

Standing around the fire is fine, but eventually people will want to sit down. It's always good to get some picnic mats and even a tent to sit on. This is even better if you are on a beach.

Have a Bonfire Step 8

Step 8. Get a cooler

There's nothing better than sipping a cold beer, energy drink or soda around the campfire. The best way to keep drinks cold is to bring a cooler with lots of ice inside. This will serve later to put out the fire.

Have a Bonfire Step 9

Step 9. Cook something on fire

Thawing sausages is good, as well as sweets that you and your friends like. Marshmallows are a classic at any campfire gathering.

Have a Bonfire Step 10

Step 10. Put out the fire

When they finish, throw the water or ice that is left in the cooler on the fire, and then sand, step on it, that is, extinguish it completely. When leaving, it should already be cold to the touch.


  • Bring repellents if you don't want to be "eaten alive". Beware, repellents are flammable.
  • If you make the fire on your own rural land, there should be no restrictions to worry about.
  • If you build the bonfire at a beach or camp, you will need to check with the authorities for permission to build the bonfire.
  • Use safety matches to light the fire.
  • If you are going to build a fire on a residential property in an urban area, it is necessary to check that in your city, open fire is allowed. There may be restrictions on the size of the fire.


  • Do not use flammable sprays or liquids to make the fire "catch in stride"; it can be dangerous, and usually it erases them.
  • Lighting a fire can be dangerous. Be careful not to burn yourself.
  • Alcohol spilled on clothing is flammable.
  • Make sure at least one person stays sober to keep an eye on the fire so it doesn't get out of hand.
  • Sparks can ignite loose items and clothing.

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