How to Build Camp Fire Rings

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How to Build Camp Fire Rings
Make a fire ring to keep your campfire contained (lagerfeuer image by M.H from

After a long day of hiking or fishing, sitting around a campfire is a relaxing way to end the day. You can roast marshmallows or hot dogs, tell spooky stories to younger campers or just stare into the crackling flames. Established campsites usually have fire pits installed, but if you've just acquired a new camping property you'll probably want to make a new and permanent fire ring. Choose a spot in a clearing so that you can keep sparks away from trees and leave room to set up chairs or handy logs to sit on.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Rocks
  • Logs
  • Water container

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  1. 1

    Clear a circle at least 10 feet across. Remove sticks and branches that may catch fire from stray sparks. These materials should be piled up and saved for making the fire.

  2. 2

    Collect large rocks to encircle your fire. Rocks should be the size of a football or bread loaf. Do not collect rocks from under or near water. Rocks near water may have water stuck in small cracks, and they will explode when heated enough to turn the water to steam.

  3. 3

    Dig a circle about 3 feet across in the centre of your clearing. Dig down about 6 inches. Digging the surface lower will help to protect your fire from the wind when you are first trying to start it.

  4. 4

    Set the rocks in the dirt around the edge of the hole. Make sure they are firmly set into the soil. Fit the rocks together so that they are touching each other and form a solid wall around the hole.

  5. 5

    Fill a 5 gallon container with water and put it near the fire ring. Never start a fire in the ring without this container being filled.

  6. 6

    Arrange logs to use as seating around the fire ring. You can use folding chairs instead but logs can be left as a permanent part of the area year-round.

Tips and warnings

  • This installation permanently will mark the land and rocks. If you are camping on public land, do not create a new fire ring. Use a metal fire pan to prevent permanent damage.

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