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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pull out some marshmallows for roasting and enjoy! Add more wood as needed.
Photography by Heather Kinkel.