The Platform Fire
If you’re looking to have a big bonfire on your next camping trip, then the platform fire
might just be the right one for you! With a platform fire, each layer should be perpendicular to the one before it, so it creates a log cabin look. Start by carving out a shallow trench in the dirt below where you intend to build your fire. This trench will be used later to slide your tinder beneath your platform of wood. From there, create a four-sided foundation using your thickest sticks. On top of this foundation, place a spaced-out row of sticks. On both sides of this layer, place two sticks parallel to one another. Repeat this step, alternating sides so you create a hollow cavity surrounded by a wall of sticks. In this hollow, place a nest of dry tinder materials. On top of your tinder, place a layer of closely-spaced sticks. Use these sticks as a platform for kindling and top your kindling with thicker fuel sticks. Start your fire by putting your bundle of tinder in the trench and igniting it.