How to build a bonfire

Bonfires create the perfect backyard ambiance by encouraging community and good conversation with family and friends. And let’s not forget that they are a key ingredient for s’more-making. Learn how to build a bonfire in just four easy steps.

  1. Using a hatchet, chop logs down to fit within the fire pit. Also, make some kindling by splintering off smaller pieces of wood. Newspapers and scraps can also act as kindling.
  2. If you have a starter log, place in the center at the bottom. Toss kindling at the base of the fire pit. Place larger logs in a triangle pointing up, similar to a teepee formation.
  3. Hold a lighter under the wood (or light the starter log if using one) until the flame catches the kindling. The heat generated from the kindling should act as a catalyst for the larger logs that are layered on top.
  4. Pull out some marshmallows for roasting and enjoy! Add more wood as needed.

Photography by Heather Kinkel.

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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