Fire Building Techniques
Creating a fire can seem like a difficult task; until you know how to properly build one. The setup or technique is key to creating and maintaining a fire. Mickwick suggests three easy ways to setup your fire for success. One key element to a successful fire includes placing a piece of wood at the base of your setup and building up from there. This is a great "Launching pad" to place and light your Mickwicks®. It also helps prevent heat loss from conduction and increase heat from radiation. Fire making is a very relaxing and therapeutic activity. One should always have a source of water, a bucket, and a shovel nearby at all times to prevent an out of control fire or wildfire.
Tepee fires burn very hot and fast, a great idea when it is cold. This setup is also very effective if your wood is damp, wet, or green (recently cut). However, because of the fast and hot burn, one will need more fuel wood than other setups.This is your typical bonfire setup.
Lincoln Logs aka Log Cabin
The Lincoln Log setup is by far one of the most enjoyable ways to start your fire. A favorite among the Mickwick Adventurers. The square shape (or walls to the cabin) acts like a chimney. This is a great setup for cooking or S'mores, as it does not burn as hot as the Tepee but is easily managed. Build it like you would a log cabin, stack logs in an alternating square with your log and Mickwick® at the base.
The Lean-to is a particular favorite especially on windy days. This setup is designed to block the wind with a log cabin wood wall. A great set up in the bush, campground, or a glampground.