Small fuel wood
Medium fuel wood
Large fuel wood
This fire will now burn slowly down to the last set of large logs on the bottom without you having to add anything to it. It’s great for a long-lasting fire and also for damp wood. Use dry wood on the top and then as it burns down the heat will help to dry out the damp logs as it goes.
This fire will last longer than the upside down fire, but it takes a little more effort to put together. This one is the ultimate self-feeding fire because you can actually add to it without burning yourself if it happens to burn faster than you expected. Give it a try.
Four long branches for support beams
Four Y-shaped branches to help hold up the support beams
Lots of large logs for fuel wood
A few smaller sticks to use as spacers
Step 1: Set up your long branches spaced a few feet apart at a 45° angle, keeping them up with the Y-shaped branches. If they don’t want to stand up it may be beneficial to dig them down into the dirt a little ways or put rocks on the bottom to keep them up. They will look like a wide V coming up out of the ground.
Step 2: Place two of the large wood pieces next to one another in between the two sets of slanted branches. Place your spacer sticks between the two to ensure you’ll have room for airflow.
Step 3: Continue placing logs on each side of the two in the middle and up the “ramp” of leaning branches you’ve made on each side.
Step 4: Use your kindling and tinder to get the fire going, on and in between the two large logs in the center.
Once your fire is going, gravity will do the rest! As the logs burn down, the others that are stacked up on the slant will move down into their place. You can make this fire burn as long as you want depending on how much wood you use.