How to Build and Start An Upside Down Fire In An Outdoor Fire Pit

Editor’s Review:

This video demonstrates how to build and start an upside down fire in an outdoor fire pit clearly. It is an easy and methodical way of making a fire in a wood burning fire pit and keeping that fire burning for a longer period of time. An arrangement of tinder, kindle and firewood is burned using one organized way: the upside down method (versus the traditional pyramid style method of building with the smaller sized wood on the bottom). In theory with this method you should not have to stoke the fire as much and it should burn longer. The burning process in a portable fire pit and the results are shown.

Video Transcript:

Hi guys. I have a great video for you today. It’s a little departure from our normal videos on this channel, but this is so cool that I had to show it to you.

Today I’m going to show you how to make an upside down fire in an outdoor fire pit.

First you’re going to sort your wood by sizes, starting with your tinder bundle up to your larger logs.

Okay, let’s talk about the most important thing to getting’ this fire started – the tinder bundle. The best tinder bundle at my house I found is thatch from scraping up from your lawn. It’s very dry so it burns really good and starts a great fire.

Now we’re going to put the logs into the fire pit starting with the larger ones. So you’re just going to spread the larger ones out from the bottom.

Then in order of size, you crisscross them on top.

And then the next size.

And you’re going to follow that up with your tinder bundle.

And we’re going to add some smaller branches. Once you start the tinder bundle, these little branches will catch on fire to get your fire really going. So you’re going to kind of make a tepee with them.

Alright. Let’s get this fire started. From experience, I know that this fire will burn about an hour‑and‑a‑half to two hours.

This is five minutes into the fire. As you can see the flames are pretty high and the tinder bundle is creating a nice bed of coals in the middle right now.

Here is 10 minutes into our upside down fire. As you can see it’s really burning a lot. I put the cover on the outdoor fire pit so that the sparks won’t fly onto our deck.

This is 15 minutes into our upside down fire. As you can see it’s really cookin’ now.

As you can see, 20 minutes into our fire. Now we have some really good bed of coals.

25 minutes and still burning strong.

30 minutes and the fire is still burning strong and my two pugs, Ace and Shelby, decide to join us.

As you can see it’s been about an hour now, so our wood has burnt down to a nice bed of coals. At this point you can actually add bigger pieces of wood on the top to continue it burning.