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Playing with Fire

4 ways to stoke the flames of your campfire and ignite admiration around it.

Fire has been impressing mankind for a long time—from the dawn of man to the “I have made fire!” cry of Tom Hanks. Because, truth be told, building and maintaining a great fire is not always easy. It requires skill, and those who make an awe-inspiring fire are credited as being awesome. So here are four ways to make sure you have the most impressive fire in sight.

Entry Level

Homemade Hotness

Ditch the Bic and make your own fire-starter. 
Starting your campfire with an old newspaper stopped being convenient when they stopped making newspapers. (Have they stopped making newspapers?) Try filling an empty plastic pill bottle with cotton balls soaked in Vaseline. The greasy little balls will burn hot for more than a couple of minutes each and cost almost nothing to make.

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Next Level

Fire Vibes, But Portable

Take your fire pit and go all the way home. 
“Toss the firepit in the back of the RV,” is not a sentence you ever thought you’d hear yourself say. Just thinking about soot tainting my all-white, Pinterest-ready kitchen is giving me hives. But that’s not a problem with the Primus Kamoto portable fire pit, which folds all the way down to about the size of a skinny record player to toss wherever you’d like.

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Pro Level

Quit Smoking

Add some cleaner fire power to your arsenal. 
Fires smoke when they’re short of oxygen or heat, or if you’re using the wrong fuel. Breeo’s Solo Stove Ranger fixes that with a built-in airflow system that increases the efficiency of the burn and reduces smoke through something they call secondary combustion. We call it a great way to stop moving around the campfire every time the wind changes.

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Mastery Level

Go Your Own Way

Build your own smokeless fire pit. 
First, stack a ring of edge pavers just like a normal fire pit. Create an airway at the bottom of it by removing a few of the stones around the circle. Next, punch holes at the top of a metal stock tank ring about 4-6 inches apart, then place it inside the stone circle. Last, seal the top of the pit between the inner and outer rings with additional pavers.

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