There are many natural fire starters to use, such as downed birch bark. Consider using commercial fire starters that are environmentally friendly, or use homemade fire starters such as dryer lint or cotton balls dipped in Vaseline.
Besides following all safety precautions such as using a pit, keeping water handy, paying attention to the fire and properly extinguishing it, here are a few tips for choosing the best firewood so you can be nice and toasty warm!
Sight: Look for cracks in the end - clean wood is generally drier. Avoid mildew or mold.
Touch: The wood should feel dry, hard and relatively light.
Sound: When smacked together, two pieces should produce a high ringing tone as opposed to a dull thud. (less accurate during freezing temperatures)
Smell: The wood will smell less as it dries because the resins become less aromatic.
One-Pot Campfire Chilli
This delicious recipe serves 6 and is oh so simple. Consider cooking it ahead of time and simply reheat on the fire. Cornbread, rice, or a crusty roll pair well, too.
Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until softened. Add the ground meat and cook until browned, stirring frequently and breaking it up as you stir. Drain any excess grease. Stir in the spices and cook for 30-60 seconds till fragrant. Add the remaining ingredients (including the juices from the tomatoes), stirring to combine. Bring the chilli to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.