How to Light a Fire Pit in 4 Easy Steps
Posted By
Wendi Wachtel
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • ElectroLight Fire Starter
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire wood
  • Water hose or bucket of water

Project Steps


Hi friends, it's Wendi with H2OBungalow.  I'm here today to share with you how to start a fire pit fire in four easy steps.  Warm summer days and cool nights are the perfect time to relax by an open fire with an outdoor fire pit.  Most people don't know there's a simple way to build an outdoor fire in a fire pit that uses less wood, is easier to start and burns evenly.  I'll give you a hint, it doesn't start with using a teepee shape fire!  Use these smart fire starting steps on your next outdoor fire pit gathering and you'll be amazed at the difference.  Be sure to check out the rest of this post where I share more Fire Pit Tips and Tricks You Probably Don't Know But Should!

Step 1

Collect and separate dry tinder and firewood.  Separate wood into piles organized by size, smallest first.  You’ll need a generous amount of quick starting tinder.  Skip the newspaper and use any one of these as a base layer instead: pine needles (pine straw), broken up Doritos and/or very small twigs.  The next pile will be twigs about the size of a pencil or a little thicker. The next pile should be larger than the last, with the last pile about the size of thick branches and small pieces of cut firewood. 

Step 2

Begin building your fire by placing the first three piles of tinder wood into the fire pit. Start with the smallest tinder on the bottom. Layer the next larger size on top and then the next. How you place the firewood and tinder will affect how well and how quickly your fire starts. Layer everything using a crosshatch pattern. You may have seen or heard that using a teepee shape is best, it is not! By laying your firewood in a crosshatch pattern you’ll get an even shaped fire and all of your wood will burn efficiently. The teepee shape tends to leave a lot of un-burnt wood on the bottom of the pieces that stand up. It also makes a taller fire but not an evenly round fire like the crosshatch pattern does.

Step 3

Hold the ElectroLight Fire Starter so it's aimed at the bottom of the tinder pile, depress the starter button.  The fire will start in 10-15 seconds.  Since the ElectroLight blows hot air, the air will also help spread the fire. Continue holding the ElectroLight in place with the starter button depressed until the fire is well established. 

Step 4

Give the fire a few minutes for the first few layers of tinder to catch and spread to the next layer.  Carefully add a few peices of the next size firewood onto the fire, again in a crosshatch pattern. Allow the fire to spread to these.  Continue adding layers as the fire gets more estabished.  

Step 5

I use the crosshatch fire method for several reasons.  I find it wastes a lot less firewood and is rounder instead of taller.  Most importantly, this method makes it easier to control the size of a fire in a fire pit which makes me more comfortable, especially when I'm using a portabe fire pit like the one we have in Florida. Want more smart fire pit tips? Be sure to check out the rest of this post where I share more Fire Pit Tips and Tricks You Probably Don't Know But Should

Step 6

Hi there! I'm Wendi with H2OBungalow and the North House. I share lots of projects in our waterside bungalow in Florida and in our mountain Vermont home that was built in 1835!  My job is to fix up project homes and inspire you along the way.  I believe in creating a style in a home that's true to you and that's what I teach others to do.  With over 450 tutorials in home improvement and home décor on my blog I can help you create a home you love without breaking the bank.   


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