Taking your Campfire to the Next Level!

The campfire is a staple of any camping trip. A campfire is versatile; a family activity, providing warmth, a place to cook, and entertainment. However, the awesomeness of your campfire does not have to stop there.

You may have seen (or created) these awesome colored campfires before, but if you have not, this is a surefire (pun intended) way to start taking your campfire to the next level and spark great conversation. With just a few simple ingredients and multiple delivery methods, you can have the most brilliant campfire at the campground.
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Step 1 – pick your color(s)

The first step in taking your campfire to the next level is to select the chemicals by the color they produce. Buy them in powdered form and don’t substitute chlorates, nitrates, or permanganates. Some are common ingredients in household products and can be found in grocery, hardware and garden supply stores. Others can be purchased at fireworks suppliers, chemical supply stores, fireplace shops or online.

Carmine (deeper red): lithium chloride

Red: strontium chloride

Orange: calcium chloride, found in household products used for absorbing moisture or dehumidifying.

Yellow: sodium chloride, which is table salt

Lime Green: boric acid, which can be found in the pharmacy sections of some stores for use as a disinfectant.

Green: copper sulfate, found in products used for killing plant roots.

Blue: copper chloride or butane, which can be found at your local hardware store

Purple: potassium chloride, which is the main ingredient in non-sodium salt substitutes.

Step 2- pick your style

Taking your campfire to the next level is a reflection of your creativity, try one of these methods for color delivery.

Sprinkle it –a small amount of the chemical pinched into the fire will suffice for a few minutes of colored flames. Add the chemicals individually or blend several to produce multi-colored flames.

Make wax melts – Melt wax or paraffin in a coffee can sitting in a pan of boiling water. Add about 2 tbsp. (30 ml) of chemical to the melted wax. Increase the amount if you want more intense color.

  • You can make wax cakes with 1 chemical, or blend a few to produce cakes that make multi-colored flames.

Stir until the mixture starts to cool. Pour the liquefied mixture into paper baking cups. Let them cool and solidify. Add 1 or more of the cakes to the fire to create long-lasting colored flames.

Soak the burning materials –

Collect lightweight woods such as lumber scraps, chips, pine cones, and kindling. You can also use rolled-up newspapers.

Dissolve 1/2 lb. (227g) of chemical per gallon (3.78 liter) of water. Use a glass or plastic container outdoors while wearing safety glasses and rubber gloves.

  • For best results, use only 1 chemical per container of water with this method.


Place the wood in a mesh bag and submerge it into the water and chemical mixture. Use a brick or other heavy object to hold it down. Let the wood soak for a day or more.

Remove the bag and let the materials dry completely.

Add just a few pieces of the treated materials to your fire at a time.

 

Precautions –

  • Keep hazardous chemicals stored in airtight containers made of plastic or glass. Don’t allow children and pets near these chemicals.
  • Handle all chemicals carefully according to the package directions. Even seemingly harmless chemicals such as sodium chloride can cause skin irritation or burns in large amounts.
  • If adding chemicals for a fireplace, make sure it is producing a good draft first so your house doesn’t fill with chemical-laden smoke.
  • Fire is not a toy and should never be treated as such. It goes without saying that fire is dangerous and can get out of hand quickly. Always have an ample supply of water nearby.

 

This Video shows another example of how to add colors to your campfire for those who enjoy using tools and repurposing common household scraps to make something new and fantastic!

We hope you enjoy using this information and taking your campfire to the next level. Post your pictures to our Facebook and let us know how it goes, or what your favorite fire colors are!

Camping With Pets – Campground Pet-iquette

 

 

“Pets are welcome” at Small Country Campground and many other campgrounds throughout the United States and Canada. It’s a welcome sign for pet owners. But welcome does not mean that pets are allowed to do anything and everything. A few rules and tips are in order while camping.

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1. A campground is community property so all the rules that apply in your town or county apply in the campground.
2. Dogs must be on leashes or tethers at all times. You dog may be well behaved, but someone else’s pet might not be. And keep the leash short if your dog is temperamental or fast afoot. Kids love to pet, so don’t let your pet bite or scratch.
3. When making a reservation, always ask whether the campground is pet friendly and offer information about the breed of your pet and whether it has a vaccination. There are no bad breeds but there are bad or careless owners, so some dogs can misbehave just like some children do.
4. Offer your vaccination papers upon check-in. Offer a copy of your RV insurance too. That should have at least $10,000 in personal liability coverage to cover you and your pet should an accident happen.
5. Clean up after your pet each and every time it poops. There is no excuse for anyone to step in a pile! Small Country sells pet poop bags and they are available at every supermarket and hardware store.
6. Barking is strictly prohibited at Small Country and most other campgrounds. Barking disturbs your neighbors and often the entire campground. If your dog is a barker, bring a shock collar or put the pet inside.
7. Many campgrounds – including ours – do not allow pets in cabins or other rental units. We charge a $200 fine if guests bring pets into the units, or smokes in the units. Pet odors and tobacco destroy the pleasure of camping for folks who do not have either pets or nicotine habits. And pets can introduce fleas, mites and ticks to the units. Also, dander on some pets is an allergen to many folks. So always ask before you book a camping rental unit.
8. Follow the same rules with cats, monkeys, snakes, birds, or other pets.
We hope these guidelines help you out when bringing your fur babies out to camp with you!