How to Set a Bonfire Correctly

There’s a reason that fire is considered technology. It’s difficult to make, tough to keep going, and requires a detailed understanding of the processes involved.

With a few short tips, we’ll help you get a better understanding of these processes so that you can correctly set a bonfire.

The Life of the Party

Few things can kill the ambiance at a backyard party than the host’s inability to get the fire going. Guests simply don’t tend to enjoy being cold and incapable of seeing each other while being eaten alive by bugs. Get that fire going, or your party isn’t going to last much longer. 

Burn, Baby, Burn!

Even though fire has been around for millenia, people still struggle with it. In fact, even the tips and tricks are much more complicated than you might expect.

The Importance of Structure

Homes can be engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds but that spark in your fire isn’t catching no matter how hard you try. Why? Because of the structure.

By properly stacking wood for a fire in forms like the “teepee” or the “log cabin,” you significantly increase the likelihood of your larger logs catching.

Tinder, Kindling, and Fuel

The art of the flame is more than just the proper arrangement of logs. You need to have a fitting amount of tinder, kindling, and fuel for the fire to catch.

Tinder is soft, leafy brush capable of catching easily. Kindling is medium-density, capable of catching less easily but staying lit. And fuel is the larger logs that don’t catch easily but can stay lit for hours.


If you know the importance of structure and have the proper assortment of tinder, kindling, and fuel, then you’ll be able to light a fire just about anywhere!