Camping is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, bond with friends and family, and even test out your survival skills.
Camping would not be complete though without the essential way to keep you warm and would allow you to cook: a campfire.
For you to be able to start your campfire, you need the following things:
Starter (Matches, lighter, etc.)
Tinder (Cotton, Birch Bark, Cedar Bark, Dry Pine Needles, Grass, etc.)
Kindling (Generally, wood that is larger than tinder. Tree twigs or branches, and Doritos even works!)
Fuel Wood (Timber that is normally 2-3 inches across, but can be bigger depending on your needs)
Once you are able to find a safe spot for your campfire, fire up your tinder using your starter. The tinder allows you to quickly create small flames, but not enough to sustain it for more than a few seconds. That is where kindling comes into play. Fire it up with the tinder, and once it is fully lit up, then place your fuelwood to fully sustain your campfire for a long time.
The fun of campfire does not stop in cooking your sausages and keeping you warm. Did you know that, with some basic chemistry know-how, you can create campfires with different colors?
It’s easy! You just need the following items:
- Paper cups
- Old candle wax
- Your chemical of choice based on the color you want to produce:
- Purple: Potassium chloride
- White: Magnesium sulfate
- Red: Strontium chloride
- Blue: Copper chloride
- Pink: Lithium chloride
- Green: Copper sulfate
Just melt the candle wax in a pot, place your chemical of choice in a paper cup, mix the molten wax, and the chemicals together, then let it cool for a few hours. Once you have your campfire burning, throw the wax and chemical mix onto the campfire, and witness the magic (of chemistry)!
You can also throw salts to change the color of the flame. Another way to change the color of your campfire is to use copper tubes.
Launched on: April 27, 2020