A fire pit or containment ring is needed to contain a campfire. Learn how to build a fire pit from an Eagle Scout in this free camping video.
Hi, this is John Stewart, and this is how to build a fire pit. Once you've selected a area to build your fire, you're going to need to build a pit or a containment ring to contain the fire, so it doesn't escape. This can be one of many different things. The easiest way to do this is to take and dig out a small indention in the ground, to where the fire sits low on the ground, to where it's not level with the other ground surface. The other thing you can do is you can take and put rocks around the outside of your pit to make a fire ring, to where logs that might fall, roll away; they don't have a way to escape; they're contained, and you don't have to worry about your fire getting out. You can do this with other big logs that might take a while to burn through, so if you have a big log, you could put that, and have your fire propped up against that, to where you have a containment ring around your pit. Other things you can do; an old tire rim. This works really well. If you do car camp or go to a campground, you can take a car rim, put it out, and build your fire inside that, and it contains your fire. And this is how you build a fire pit, or a containment ring when building a fire.