Having grown up in rural Minnesota my dad taught several rough and tough tricks. One such trick was how to build a strong fire. I’ve been up at my parent’s place for a couple of weeks now so that means I’ve been soaking up all the fire time I can get. Every day I station myself and my computer by the fire with my mom and we happily work the day away. On the days my dad doesn’t prep a fire for us, which is rare, I take on the task and have been happy with the result.
How to Build a Good ‘Ol Minnesotan Fire
- find some fallen wood and chop it so it’s about 2′ long
- set your base with two medium-sized logs
- set your next layer with two small-sized logs
- set your next layer with a row of large sticks and a little bit of kindling (twigs and sticks)
- top it off with a large log
- stuff paper and paper goods between the two medium sized logs
- light some of the paper and it should take off from there
Congratulations, you’ve built your first Hagberg fire!