Camp fires are a very fun part of camping and can be essential in a survival situation. So, it is important that you can build one without making these three common mistakes.
1) Not Having Any Fire Wood - The biggest mistake people make when building a campfire is starting a fire and not having fire wood to place on the fire to keep it going. It is important that you gather your fire wood first before making your fire. If you are gathering wood to keep you warm in a survival situation you will want to make sure you have enough to keep you warm through the night. So, a good rule of thumb is, when you think you have enough continue to gather twice as much wood.
2) Smothering a Fire with too Large of Wood - The next mistake people make when building a fire is they put too large of size wood on a fire they just got going. When starting a fire using a tinder bundle it is hard to get a large log to ignite from the small flames from the tinder bundle. So, you will want to add smaller twigs and branches to get the fire going well before adding a large log.
3) Not Tending to the Fire - The third mistake most people make is they get a fire going and then get busy doing other things around camp. You want to make sure you check on the fire periodically to make sure it has enough fuel wood on it to keep going. The last thing you want to be doing in the dark is trying to get your fire going again. Pay close attention to the fire and make sure that the wind is not carrying sparks too far away from your cleared camp fire area. This could start a forest fire. Remember, when you are finished with the fire to make sure all coals and embers are out and cold before leaving.
So, as you can see, you will have a much more successful camp fire if you avoid these three common mistakes.