If you know all this, are you a veteran camper? 6 ways to assemble firewood to enjoy the bonfire even more

It is surprisingly difficult to properly control the firepower of a bonfire.

However, did you know that you can easily adjust the firepower and make the firewood last longer by changing the way you assemble it?

If you can consider how to assemble firewood in a way that is compatible with the natural environment, you will instantly enjoy the experience of having a bonfire while camping.

This time, we will introduce six ways to assemble firewood and consider the best way to assemble firewood. Enjoy a bonfire on your next camping trip with a variety of ways to set up firewood.

There are so many different ways to assemble firewood.

There are many different ways to assemble firewood.

  • Igeta type
  • Closed umbrella (tipi type)
  • Open umbrella (firework type)
  • Hanging type (jumping table type)
  • Parallel type (bonfire stand type)
  • long fire type

We will introduce each of them with photos.

①Igeta type (campfire type)

How to assemble firewood in a cross-shaped shape with Makrite

This is a standard method of arranging firewood in the shape of a well. Because the flame rises high, this method is used when a large number of people are enjoying a campfire.

It is also called the campfire type. Recommended for those who want to make a big fire.

How to burn with a double-shaped firewood set in Makrite

[Advantages of parallel type]

  • Easy and easy to assemble
  • The more you pile up, the more likely it is to burn due to the chimney effect.

[Disadvantages of parallel type]

  • use a lot of firewood

② Gassho type/closed umbrella (tipi type)

Assembling firewood in a tipi shape with Makrite

This method is called ``closed umbrella'' because of its shape like a closed umbrella. It is also called a tipi because its shape resembles a teepee tent, a mobile dwelling used by Native Americans.

The key is to make it easy to take in air and the flame rises beautifully.

It will be easier to assemble if you first place one stick of firewood next to it and assemble it around that firewood. If you want to admire the flames, this method is recommended.

How firewood is set up in a tipi shape and burned in Makrite

[Advantages of closed umbrellas]

  • the flame looks beautiful

[Disadvantages of closed umbrellas]

  • It is a little difficult to balance the firewood.

③ Gassho type/open umbrella (firework type)

Assembling firewood in the shape of fireworks with Makrite

The name comes from the fact that it looks like an ``open umbrella'' as opposed to a closed umbrella. They look like fireworks that have been set off, and are sometimes called fireworks.

The fire ignites in the center of the bonfire stand and gradually burns from the tip, so you can enjoy a bonfire for a long time and with a small amount of firewood. However, it is a little difficult to take care of the firewood so that the fire does not go out.

How firewood is set up in the shape of fireworks and burned with Makrite

[Advantages of opening umbrellas]

  • Less firewood consumption

[Disadvantages of open umbrellas]

  • Can't be assembled unless you have a large bonfire stand

④Hanging type (jump table type)

Assembling firewood in a hanging type with Makrite

A method of assembling a single piece of firewood as a sleeper (firewood placed on a foundation) and arranging the firewood so that it is leaning against the ground.

Light a kindling or spark in the space between the railroad ties and the firewood and burn it. It is also called a jumping table type because of the way the firewood that is propped up extends diagonally.

If you use a Makrite bonfire stand , you can use the same method by using the windshield on both sides as sleepers and leaning the firewood against it.

Assembling firewood in a hanging type with Makrite (no sleepers)

How firewood is assembled and burned in a hanging type with Makrite

[Advantages of hanging type]

  • Stable due to sleepers
  • Easy to assemble

[Disadvantages of hanging type]

  • Larger (thick) firewood is required for the sleepers.

⑤Parallel type (bonfire stand type)

How to assemble firewood in parallel with Makrite

A method of setting up two sleepers and arranging the firewood on top of them to create a bridge. It is also called the bonfire stand type because of its wide bonfire-like shape.

Since the firewood arranged horizontally is flat, it is easy to place the cooker and cook.

The great thing about this method is that when starting a bonfire over an open flame, it's easy to ignite even if the ground is wet. Use the firewood arranged in parallel as a fire bed, then place the kindling on top of it and ignite it.

How firewood is assembled and burned in parallel with Makrite

[Advantages of parallel type]

  • Can be ignited regardless of the environment
  • Flat and wide surface makes it easy to cook

[Disadvantages of parallel type]

  • Slightly difficult in a narrow bonfire stand

⑥Long fire type

Assembling firewood into a long fire type with Makrite

This method involves arranging two thick firewoods and placing thinner firewood parallel to them between them.

This method of assembling firewood, which is often preferred when camping, is suitable for bonfire cooking because it blocks wind from both sides and provides a stable fire bed.

When using a Makrite bonfire stand , the windshield on both sides can double as two large thick firewoods.

It's simple, but it's also possible to assemble it like this, just by arranging firewood next to it.

Firewood arranged side by side on the bonfire stand Makrite

How to assemble firewood in a long fire type with Makrite and burn it

[Advantages of long fire type]

  • Easy to cook over a bonfire

[Disadvantages of long fire type]

  • nothing special

This is the staff's favorite way to assemble firewood.

The two construction methods that our staff members found interesting were the "hanging type (jumping table type)" and the "long fire type."

The hanging type (jumping table type) is easy to assemble firewood, and surprisingly, it allows good air circulation, so it burns well.

The addition of firewood is just right, and you should be able to enjoy the feeling of growing your own flame.

▼Hanging type. Just lean some firewood against thick firewood.

Assembling firewood in a hanging type with Makrite

On the other hand, the long fire type is a method of assembling firewood that you should definitely try if you want to try your hand at cooking over a bonfire.

A smoldering flame builds up in the area surrounded by two logs, creating a moderate amount of firepower.

If it's a bonfire, you can intentionally vary the strength of the fire in each location by stacking them a little to increase the height.

▼Long fire type. Placing thin firewood between thick firewood will stabilize the cooker.

Rice being cooked in a long fire type

If you are having trouble adjusting the firepower of your bonfire stand, please give this a try.

The best part of enjoying a bonfire is that you can change the way you assemble the firewood depending on your preference, mood, and environment at the time.

Please try out various ways of assembling the bonfire and find the one that suits you best.