The 5 Essential Types of Campfires



Tired of fumbling with your campfire or watching your know-it-all friend struggling to light a fire to no avail? Say goodbye to campfire frustration and spending countless hours in the dark. Try these five essential campfire frames you can easily get up and running in no time.

The Teepee

This classic campfire type is perfect when you want a nice level flame and medium level heat. It’s also the easiest to build, being conical in shape. To create it you need to gather a good amount of dry kindling approximately 8 to 12 inches long. Then you’ll have to lean them to stand up by leaning them against each other. Remember to leave enough space to let the air enter, as the oxygen is what will keep the fire going.

The Log Cabin

A log cabin is a perfect structure when you want the fire to burn for a long period of time. For this type of fire, you’ll need large logs. The idea is to build a square out of the wood. To start it, use two logs facing parallel to each other about eight inches apart. Then you add two more logs perpendicular to the first two. You will continue to add logs to build a square in this fashion, using the thickest logs as the base and going smaller as you work your way up. Once it’s built, you can add kindling to the center and then light it with a Qwick Wick to ensure a perfect flame.


This type is best for cooking. It doesn’t require much to get it started, approximately two thick logs and some kindling. You’ll need to place the logs very close together, so they are almost touching and then light the fire in between. The oxygen between the two logs will ensure the fire stays lit long enough to cook something delicious.

Lean To

If there’s lots of wind and rain, a Lean-To design can help you get it started. To build it, first lay a big log down as a windbreak. Then place the firestarter where you can still light it and start leaning the larger firewood on top of the log. The goal is to leave enough room for oxygen to make its way through the center, where it is protected from the wind.

Star Fire

Not the easiest to create but one that will turn heads, the Star Fire requires five big logs to make a five-pointed star. Arrange them so that they nearly touch in the middle. The trick is to put the fire starter in the middle so that it will light the end of each log closest to the center. As the fire continues to burn, you’ll slowly need to push the logs into the center to keep the fire going.

Now that you have the instructions, it will take plenty of practice and technique to get these fire types down pat. Luckily, you’ll get lots of help with Qwick Wick starters. These will burn for 30 minutes with an 8-10-inch flame. Plus, it will even light when wet or facing winds up to 50km/hr. Place your order today!