How To Start A Fire

Starting a fire is a skill that everyone should know. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or just trying to keep warm, knowing how to start a fire can be a lifesaving skill. In this article, we will go over the basics of how to start a fire, step-by-step.

Gathering Your Materials

Before you start a fire, you need to gather your materials. You will need dry kindling, such as small twigs, dry leaves, or dry grass. You will also need larger sticks or logs to keep the fire going. Make sure everything is dry and not too big to fit inside your fire pit.

Choosing the Right Location

The next step is to choose the right location for your fire. Make sure you have a fire pit or designated area for your fire. If you’re in the wilderness, make sure you follow Leave No Trace principles and avoid starting a fire on dry, flammable materials.

Building Your Fire

Now that you have your materials and a good location, it’s time to start building your fire. First, gather your dry kindling and place it in the center of your fire pit.

Creating a Fire Starter

To get your fire started, you will need a fire starter. There are several options for fire starters, including matches, lighters, or a magnesium fire starter.

FAQ: What is a magnesium fire starter?

A magnesium fire starter is a small tool that creates sparks to ignite your kindling. It works by scraping a magnesium rod with a metal striker, creating sparks that ignite the kindling.

Lighting Your Fire

To light your fire, hold your fire starter close to the kindling and strike the magnesium rod with the striker. The sparks should ignite the kindling.

FAQ: What if my kindling doesn’t catch fire?

If your kindling doesn’t catch fire, try adding more dry kindling or blowing gently on the flames to help them spread.

Keeping Your Fire Going

Once your kindling is burning, add larger sticks or logs to keep the fire going. Make sure you don’t add too much at once or you will smother the flames.

Putting Out Your Fire

When you’re ready to put out your fire, use water or dirt to extinguish the flames. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the area.

FAQ: Why is it important to put out my fire?

It’s important to put out your fire to prevent wildfires and protect the environment.


Starting a fire is a useful skill that everyone should know. By following these simple steps, you can safely start a fire and keep it going. Remember to always practice Leave No Trace principles and be responsible when starting a fire. Stay safe and happy camping!