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May 13, 2015

How to: Build a Fire Like You Know What You're Doing...

Camping (and campfire) season is back, my friends. Knowing how to build a fire may sound like the most basic skill a guy could know, but mastering good technique is essential to keep you alive in trying circumstances, or to avoid looking like a zero on your next outdoor get-together with friends.  

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Apr 13, 2015

25 Camping Recipes to Blow Your Mind

created at: 04/13/2015

Easy living should mean easy (and GOOD) cooking. Get ready to burn past the campfire staples of hot dogs and canned beans to some truly knockout recipes that are hearty and delicious. Seriously, I'm probably going to cook some of these at home this weekend.   

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Nov 14, 2014

How to: Make Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses

Sure, it's a bit of a novelty, but doesn't anything served in a shot glass fall into that category, too?   

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Nov 04, 2014

Fall Inspiration: The Blazing Block is a Portable Campfire

The Blazing Block

With fall in the air, it's best to enjoy the season around a blazing fire. This awesome piece of wood is a portable bonfire that's easy to transport and provides a nice solid fire, perfect for chilly nights.   

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Jun 13, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Super Efficient DIY Campfire Starter

It's the season of campfires: whether in your own backyard fire bowl, a rock ring at a weekend getaway to the lake, or a (designated) spot in a backcountry trail. And the best way to get them started? One match, and a guaranteed source of fuel. 

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Dec 03, 2013

A Introduction to Campfires: An Illustrated Guide from 1942

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The 1942 version of the Boy Scout Handbook featured these amazing illustrated guides to basic firemaking skills, as well as the various styles and applications of campcraft.   

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Jun 12, 2013

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking

created at: 06/12/2013

For centuries, burning wood and tinder were basically the only means of cooking food (and heating one's home, and boiling water, and all sorts of other stuff.) The wood served as fuel, generating heat, thereby turning raw ingredients into completed dishes. 

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Jun 04, 2012

How to: Make a Campfire from a Single Log

created at: 06/04/2012

Between a very fine evening of charcoal grilling on Friday and a hardwood fire with friends on Sunday evening, my weekend was filled with the lovely smell of wood smoke, some very tasty food, and the

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May 03, 2012

How to: Make Campfire Beef Brisket

Perhaps this weekend, you'll find yourself about a campfire: a trip outdoors, a gathering with your friends, an excuse to build a campfire. And perhaps, if you do, you'll want to take advantage of the warm, smokey heat, and whip up what may be one the tastiest, and manliest, meals of all time: campfire brisket, slow, wet, and amazing.  

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

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You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping trip, Joseph

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Jun 06, 2011

How to: Make Better S'Mores at Home

Nothing beats a perfectly made s'more in the summer. A fluffy 'shmallow, roasted oh-so-carefully over glowing coals, then singed at the last possible minute for just a bit of char. (At least, that's how I like 'em.)  

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Feb 17, 2010

Fire Up - A DIY Campfire Kit?

Fire Up is a campfire do-it-yourself-kit designed by Evelien Stamhuis to help you build a roaring fire in no time. Everything one would need is in the bag.

I have no idea how much it costs, or whether its actually for sale...but I wonder what the functionality is? Are open campfires legal and encouraged in the Netherlands? Can anyone - namely someone who doesn't know anything about building fires - just plop down and set these things ablaze? Or, would someone bring this with them on a camping trip?

I really do get it as a design project, and I'm sure it works wonderfully. But though I'm not sure of the environmental impact of burning

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