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Building and sustaining a campfire in damp and humid conditions

Updated on July 30, 2015

Building and sustaining a campfire in damp and humid conditions

Building a campfire and sustaining it to burn in damp and humid conditions (for eg; in a tropical rainforest in the equator region) is not as easy as some people might deem it to be. It is not surprising and uncommon for some people to even start a fire from matches and a lighter and sustaining it without wasting too much time and energy.

That is why it is important to know how to do it correctly with the knowledge on how to get fire to burn efficiently for a long time, through constant practice.

These are the key things in getting a fire to start:

  1. You'll have to arrange the burning materials and firewood that will make the campfire burn efficiently. This means that the materials have to be arranged in a way that the fire will cause the next material to catch fire without smoldering out.
  2. Make sure that the materials are flammable and easy to burn. This means dry materials that are really dry, or contain substances within that are highly flammable.
  3. Make sure that when starting a fire, the initial ignition is blocked from the wind, yet sparse enough to allow oxygen to reach the fire which will help it spread.

These are the key things in sustaining a fire for a long time:

  1. The heat/fire have to be contained "internally" and not placed too sparsely, to avoid it from dying out too soon. Concentrated heat and fire will help get the bigger fire woods burn longer, and the burning coals to last longer.
  2. Lots of fire wood to burn off with.
  3. Allowing air to circulate the campfire.


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