|A good fire pit helps prevent out of control fires.|
Safety is a huge issue in constructing a proper campfire. More than one youth leader has overbuilt a fire or made one that was a danger to those sitting around it. Bonfire and campfire building is an art. We start today with the Fire Pit. This article on building a fire pit was published in "The Art of Manliness" weblog. It gives you a lot of great tips for building a safe and useful fire pit. It even includes a design for benches. I've also written an article on how to build a simple sturdy campfire area bench that works for campfires or outdoor chapels.
You can have even more fun learning to cook over a campfire with simple homemade equipment like the tin can billy. If you've got a spot in your backyard and it's legal, a ready made fire pit is really handy to have along with some canvas folding chairs, a guitar, a can of Vege-links, bag of marshmallows and some pointy sticks. If mosquitoes are a problem the smoke will help and you can set up a homemade mosquito repellant to drive away the ones the smoke doesn't get.
Nothing better on a crisp autumn evening.
Have fun and save me a vege hot dog.
Tom King © 2013