No matter the season we all can enjoy roasting marshmallows by the fire with our children. You don’t need to sift through all the past episodes of Survivorman to find out how to make a fire on snow. Thanks to some great friends of mine at CanAmPreppers.net they have shared with me the best way we can make a fire in our own backyard. What better way to start a new tradition your kids will love!
Before I get into describing how to make a winter fire you need to make sure that you have a large enough area in your backyard and that you won’t be violating any local laws. Many towns have by-laws that forbid any backyard fires unless they are in a chiminea. Also, be sure to choose a day in which there is little or no wind.
What You’ll Need
- Lots of loose bark
- 3 or 4 logs (2‘-3’ long and about 6” in diameter)
- Variety of kindling (even Doritos are a great source of kindling)
- Dry wood to burn
- Marshmallows and sticks to cook your marshmallows on
First things first, to the best of your ability remove all loose soft snow out of the way (or step on the area to harden the base as best as possible). Next you need to create a flat base using loose pieces of bark until it is about a good 3” thick and preferably in an area that measures 2’ by 2’.
Place some larger pieces in a square around the outside edge. Use 3 to 4 logs that measure about 2′ to 3′ long and 5″ to 6″ in diameter to build your base for your fire. In the center area of the logs, work up from here with course kindling, fine kindling with extra fine kindling and tinder at the top.
Get your fire started on the kindling by whatever method you prefer. Once you have a flame, flip over the tinder, as you want your tinder to be over the flame. When the flames break through, start placing the wood in a teepee shape over the kindling. You want to spread the wood out so there’s space between the wood because fire feeds on oxygen.
Once you have the fire started, you want to be sure to keep it going. Be sure to feed the fire with dry, small branches or kindling as needed to ensure your fire is maintained. If you have any wet or damp wood place it around the fire so it can dry out.
Always remember to never leave a fire unattended if children are around or if there are any other possible dangers and be sure to properly extinguish a fire when you are finished.
What better way to create a new winter tradition that your children will love and you’re teaching them a valuable basic survival skill in the process!
A special thank-you to Zoran Mikic for the use of his photo! Zoran is the admin for the Ragged Bushcrafter page on Facebook.
Have you ever built a fire on snow?