Burning Rings of Fire
Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Many guests ask when they book their stay if we sell campfire wood. Yes we do! It's available by the crate ($6.00) or the bundle ($3.50). We provide tinder, kindling and homemade fire starters consisting of dryer lint and candle wax in an egg carton shell. All of our firewood is locally sourced and seasoned hardwood which is easy to burn, long lasting and produces a good amount of heat. We have three fire rings located across the campus for guests to enjoy. We only ask if you stay up past quiet hours at 10:00PM you don't disturb other guests while enjoying your campfire. New Hampshire law prohibits bringing uncertified out-of-state firewood into the state of New Hampshire. Nearly all types of firewood are prohibited via this regulation- hardwood, softwood, seasoned and green. Packaged heat treated firewood with a stamp showing heat treatment of at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes is permitted. To reduce the movement of forest pests within the state, authorities in the state of New Hampshire advise that firewood should be bought and used as locally as possible (www.dontmovefirewood.org).
Another question that arises from time to time is "Can you help get our campfire going?" Yes we do! There's an art to starting a fire which is made simple by knowing a couple key elements and fire styles. Essential ingredients are simply tinder, kindling and fuel as described below:
Tinder = dry leaves, paper, strips of cardboard, pine needles, twigs (two handfuls will do).
Kindling = thumb sized sticks, larger twigs, strips of tree bark (1-2 dozen pieces will do).
Fuel = split and dry firewood (6-8 pieces to start).
All types of fires can be built with these three ingredients. Common fire styles include: 1) The Log Cabin, 2) The Tee-Pee, and 3) The Lean-To. Starting with tinder on the bottom, covered by layer of kindling. How the firewood is laid out is illustrated below:
The Log Cabin fire provides a slow burn and requires little maintenance to keep going. To build crisscross the firewood two pieces at a time, alternating direction; add tinder and kindling in the center.
The Tee-Pee provides good air flow making the fire burn more quickly and upwards. To build start with tinder; prop kindling pieces against each other in a cone; add firewood in a cone around tinder and kindling, leaving space to light.
The Lean-To is great for windy conditions and provides a good start for a log cabin fire. To build, lay the largest piece of firewood or a log across the fire ring facing the wind. Add tinder next to center of firewood; then layer kindling and a few pieces of firewood so the ends rest on the first piece of firewood.
Light, sit back and enjoy!