Next you’ll need an assortment of very slender dead twigs, wood shavings, and/or split wood splinters for kindling. These work best formed into a cone shape around a core of tinder. Add a few finger-thick sticks on the exterior of the cone and it’s ready to light near the bottom. Insert a lit match, or light several spots with a lighter—and watch your hard work pay off with flames. Add thicker sticks in a cone shaped pattern and your campfire should be happy and sustainable.
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