6 Awesome Types of Campfires For Camping & How to Make Them

Suppose you are mostly camping in a winter environment and trying to make a campfire. In that case, I suggest you carefully stick to this section as you will learn 6 different campfires and how to make them.


What Are The 6 Types of Campfires for Camping?


Here are six different campfires for when you are going outdoor camping. Choose a campfire that can be convenient for you. 

Quick Tip, if you are trying to make a fire in a winter environment, make sure you put some spruce or boughs underneath to make a platform for your campfire. This will help prevent the moisture from the ground from putting your fire out. That’s what I do for most of my campfires during winters.


Dakota Fire


Dakota Campfire is used to conceal fire, you get a nice control of burn, and it’s a good low profile option if you don’t want to draw attention to you while camping.

Dakota campfire is always dug where the ground is not frozen. Also, where the soil is not hard to dig. However, you can make a Dakota campfire using stones in a rocky area by hopping them up.

Dakota campfire burns clean and can be smokeless most of the time if you do it right. It is the same idea if you have heard of the rocket stove.


How Dakota Fire Hole Campfire is Made


  • Dig a hole like a pipeline
  • On one end is your fire like a birds nest gathering dry sticks 
  • The other end is where natural oxygen is fed to keep the fire burning.

It is one of the easiest concepts.


Teepee Fires


It is the most intuitive fire; you have a teepee design with bigger sticks outside, the smaller ones inside, while the kindling is right in the middle. It is one of the easiest campfires to set during winter.

However, it doesn’t burn that long. I recommend that you stick the main column in the ground a bit deeper. That will give them support, so they don’t lean on themselves.


Fire Torch or Sweedish Campfire


These Swedish types of campfires burns slowly and is likewise hard to make. How you set it is that you need a big log of wood cut divided into four parts like a start from the middle.

These types of campfires takes a bit much a Labour but not too much. To cut this wood log, you will need a big saw to make it easier. One of the biggest benefits of the Swedish campfire is that you can put your pot frying pan on it took food or water with it.

Because when it gets burning, it continues, but it has the challenge to get it started, which depends on the dryness of the wood and how good you have put into preparing it. The temperature and duration are enough to cook any meal.


How to Make a Sweedish Fire Torch


  • Step 1: Quater the log of wood
  • Step 2: Baton out the inner walls
  • Step 3: Reassemble the four Conner pieces and wrap them with a paracord strap. If you have a wire, you can use it, which can be reusable when you want to make a Fire Torch campfire.
  • Step 4: You want to have extra tinder of woods around you, light the wood and wait till it burns its way down.
  • Step 5: Add Separating sticks 



Top-Down Fire


The top-down fire is one of my favorite campfires on this list. It is another low-maintenance fire that takes only a bit of setup.

One of the good things with the top down-fire is that you don’t need much under the bottom as you do with the teepee, like trying to get the kindling underneath.

You light it from the top with matches for a top-down fire, and it will slowly burn its way down to the bottom. One of the greatest benefits of setting up a top-down fire is that you don’t need to spruce the bow if you have a wet platform like the snow.

When the fire burns to the bottom, it will burn so strong that you will not have to worry about extinguishing it by the wet platform.

Setting up these types of campfires is easy; unlike the Swedish fire torch, the layering of this is very important; you set it up like a system of gears.

If you don’t cut them the right size, they won’t burn, so you must be precise when layering the sticks. You want them to be just slightly bigger than the logs underneath.


Log Cabin Fire 


The log cabin fire is more of a novelty fire. It is certainly not something you should do for an emergency campfire set up unless you have an abundance of wood and time on your hands which you probably would not have now.

Suppose you have a lot of nice straight sticks that you have cut. It is not going to be a problem to make these types of campfires fire. But you know symmetry is required with the wood you use to make this.

You can do the same thing with twigs. You are just layering the logs perpendicular to each other. You can also combine it with the pyramid style to make this a top-down fire.

You will need bigger wood logs on the bottom and progressively get to smaller logs as you get to the top. The fire is relatively easy to light because, on top, you have a hole where you put your kindling in your fuel, and it heats the rest of the woods. One of the downsides of these types of campfires is that they don’t last long.


Star Fire 


You have a Teepee fire in the middle and big logs radiating outwards from the center. When the fire dies down, you push the logs towards the center.

It’s an easy fire to maintain for a long time, but it will not heat that much, and it will allow you to have a fire that will burn for a long time.

In another article, I will share how to make long-lasting fires because it will probably stress you to wake up and keep your campfire burning.


Lean-to Fire Campfire


The lean fire type of campfire is great if there is much wind blowing in a certain direction. If you want to start an emergency campfire, I implore you to set up the lean-to fire.

You want to be able to make a fire in a pinch. You have one side of it which has one or two big logs. It should be a log that can catch fire quickly, a dry one.

Get some kindling and lean them against the logs and you tuck some tinder underneath the kindling and let them up. Lean-to Fire is one of the easiest fires to make in a pinch.

You will need a dry platform to set up these types of campfires fire during winter. If you don’t see any, you can spruce bows and set your lean-to fire to prevent the snow from extinguishing the fire.


How to Make Lean-To Fire Campfire



What Types of Campfires Burn the Longest?


The top-down fire campfire burns the longest because it has the most logs set up, and it burns from the top till it reaches down. Suppose you are looking to sleep through the night without having to adjust your campfire. It would be best if you opted for the Top-down campfire.


What Is The Difference Between a Campfire and a Bonfire?


Campfires are usually not big when making them, and they don’t burn for a very long time as the burnfire does. On the other hand, a Bonfire is much bigger and used mostly during celebrations. You can mostly find a bonfire on a big field, allowing people to circle it.

There you have it, six types of campfires for camping you will need during winter or on dry land, and I hope this article helped you has helped you.

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