Hello ZUBI Fam!
Fall is FINALLY in East Texas! For me, this season means so many things, pandemic or no pandemic. Being with my family ranks up at the top, and evenings by a warm fire telling stories, laughing and just being together bring me so much joy!
Our time around the campfire is particularly more enjoyable now that our oldest son, Louis, has successfully listened to and mastered "Poppy's Pointers" in building impressively well-constructed and long-lasting campfires. We use fallen oak, cedar, and pine trees from our property which make for perfectly dried out sections of fire wood. These fires are often accompanied by a cool breeze and open air, filled with the sounds of geese and ducks flying across the Autumn sky. This time allows me to unwind with my usual glass of wine, my homemade ZUBI Farms Chili (see recipe below), and of course, s'mores, but also is the perfect setting to refuel and function in a very busy and sometimes hectic life.
In case you are looking to help your little ones to safely learn how to build a fire, the techniques below are critical and very helpful as shown in the video!!
Poppy's Pointers for the Perfect Campfire:
Chop pieces of dry Cedar and Pine to act as the kindling crosshatch, as they both burn easily. Kindling can be pine needles, wood chips, or paper as well. As you can see from Louis' video, he's been taught that Oxygen is more important than fuel - just like a can of oxygen will explode if placed under heat. As shown in the video, Louis makes sure the pockets of oxygen can flow at the base of this fire. Cedar and pine have more sap content and thus burn more easy. If available, use oak trees as the TeePee since they are denser and burn slower. Poppy taught Louis to pay attention to the diameter of the crosshatch base of the fire for the flow of oxygen. Light each section of the crosshatch and just like that...it’s built!