Camp fire: user instructions

At nightfall, there's nothing like a camp fire to keep you warm, cook food ... and roast a few marshmallows.

Check out the video on how to impress your friends by lighting a fire using a flint! With no gas, a flint is more dependable than a lighter: no risk of explosion if you leave it in the sun, no need to refill it, and finally it won't let you down when it's wet.


This video shows sparks lighting a camp stove. If you want to light a bonfire outside, replace the camp stove with fuel: resin-impregnated wood shavings , dry twigs, driftwood (or newspapers, cotton or lighter fluid, if the twigs won't light, although this is not as environment-friendly). Place the firestone above at a 30 to 45° angle. This way, the sparks fall onto the fuel and set it alight.


Now that you know how to light your fire, check out our 10 tips for building it up and keeping it going:  

Here are a few practical tips and safety measures to enjoy this time and avoid any blunders:

1. Check in advance that the local authorities or prefectural authorities have not banned camp fires during this period. Please note: in France, fires are prohibited within 200 m of woods, forests, plantations, heathland, maquis and bushland for everyone other than the owners and their beneficiaries.

2. Select a site that is sheltered from the wind and, if possible, close to a source of water.

3. Make your fire on a rocky or bare surface, far from tree stumps, trees and overhanging branches. Also, leave enough space between the fire and your equipment (tents, bags, sleeping bags, food, etc.).

4. Surround your fire with stones or, failing this, dig out a shallow hole in the ground in which to light the fire.

5. In order to make your fire easier to control and extinguish, keep it small, i.e. the height and diameter of the flames must not exceed 1 m. This also makes it more practical for cooking food. Always keep a small reserve of water (water bottle, saucepan, etc.) close at hand.

6. When lighting your fire, use only paper or solid fire lighters. Never use inflammable liquid products.

7. Naturally, do not throw any waste in the fire, particularly if it is made of plastic and aluminium!

8. Supervise the children and tell them about the fire hazards and risks.

9. Never leave the fire without supervision. Gather together all the elements that have come in contact with the fire in the fireplace and extinguish it, by pouring water on the embers at least twice before leaving the site or going to sleep. Make sure that there are no remaining hot points. Scatter any remaining wood if it has not come in contact with the fire. Clean up the area as much as possible.


Now you're ready to go camping!