Talk:Campfire

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Legality[edit]

Should we include a bit on the legal status of building campfires? Especially in good parts of Europe it is generally forbidden to do so.2001:610:308:692:BC7A:10AA:9770:5AA7 (talk) 18:04, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Please research and furnish link. Kortoso (talk) 17:05, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Chopping some deadwood from this forest of original research[edit]

This article is, quite frankly, terrible. I started with the most obvious target, the unsourced section that says scouts drink ashes mixed with water. Sounds like a snipe hunt situation to me, but even if true it needs a source. As drinking ashes could in fact be quit detrimental to one's health I have removed that section entirely and would ask that it not be restored until a proper, reliable source is attached. Now, on to the rest of the article. Most of it appears to be personal observations. Some of it, for example the description of the "Schwedenfackel" style of fire building, makes little to no sense. Only one source is used for the entire article, leading me to believe that vast portions of this article are in fact original research. This thing needs a serious makeover. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:46, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Actually, seems like it would make a pretty good start for a how-to article. But I agree that it is a very poor encyclopedia article. Maybe someone could take on the task of migrating the misplaced content to Wikibooks, and then creating a skeleton article from what remains, to allow a proper article to be built? 138.16.113.241 (talk) 18:51, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
How about linking to well-regarded sources, such as US Army Field Manual FM 21-76 and the Boy Scout Handbook? Kortoso (talk) 16:56, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

US Forest Service Link[edit]

It's down. This page has some information, maybe a more permanent link: http://www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp Remember, only you can prevent dead links.

Kortoso (talk) 16:54, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Tinder[edit]

I suggest replacing this:

"Tinder lights easily and is used to start an enduring campfire. It is anything that can be lit with a match and is usually classified as being thinner than your little finger. A few decent natural tinders are birch bark, cedar bark, and fatwood, where available; followed by dead, dry pine needles or grass; a more comprehensive list is given in the article on tinder. Though not natural, steel wool makes excellent tinder and can be started with steel and flint, or a 9 volt battery without difficulty."

...with something a little more accurate and less OR:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tinder?s=t
1. a highly flammable material or preparation formerly used for catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together for fire or light.
2. any dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark. Kortoso (talk) 17:06, 16 June 2014 (UTC)