Make some sparks

Summer fun in the backyard or campsite is made warm and toasty by building a bonfire. Break out the dogs and marshmallows, gather friends and get to building!

Summer fun in the backyard or campsite is made warm and toasty by building a bonfire. Break out the dogs and marshmallows, gather friends and get to building!

Clear a space: Keep clear of overhanging branches and ground cover.

Dig the pit: Create a slight depression to better control the fire.

Set a perimeter: Use rocks to set the boundary of your fire.

Fill a bucket: Make sure you have some water and an extinguisher nearby.

Gather the tinder: Make a bed of dry leaves, bark, grass and small bits of wood that ignite easily.

Collect some firewood: Get 20 to 25 pieces of dry wood. Wet wood makes smoke.

Make a teepee: Lean pieces of smaller kindling wood together and then make the structure bigger with firewood.

Light the match: Use a match or lighter on the tinder to get things started.

Add more wood: As wood disintegrates, add more to keep the structure secure.

Extinguish the blaze: Sprinkle, don’t pour, extinguishing slowly. Don’t flood and you can use again.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass