Upside Down Fire Method – Part 1

Editor’s Review:

Jack from 2 Brothers’ Adventures explains in detail in this video the ‘upside down fire’ style of stacking firewood for a campfire. It is also called a ‘pyramid’ style of fire. This method of building a fire can be used in a recreational wood burning fire pit as well. He shows us how to arrange and stack the wood for burning.

Common problems we face when camping is: Getting firewood can be a bit of a chore, making our fires last and constantly tending the wood are others. The style of fire we use will help minimize some of these issues.

He tests the differences between the ‘traditional’ style versus and ‘upside down fire’ style through a series of three videos. By building each style of arrangement side by side, Jack demonstrates as thoroughly as he can, whether one method of assembly lasts longer over the other.

This video focuses entirely on building the upside down style of campfire.

Video Transcript:

Hey, Jack here from 2 Brothers’ Adventures out in the desert today.

I’m going to test something that I’m curious about and that’s an upside down fire.

Now if you’ve never heard of and upside down fire don’t worry because up until probably a week ago I hadn’t either.

I build a lot of fires in my lifetime and a lot of people have shown me how to build fires and I’ve been around a lot of people who have built fires.

And to be honest with you I’ve never seen an upside down fire.

Now, a traditional fire, what you do is you start with your smaller kindling and you put on your smaller twigs and you build up to your larger logs and you can either make a pyramid style or there’s several types of different traditional styles.

There’s the log cabin style, whatever, but typically your smaller tinder and your kindling and stuff is on the bottom and you lay your bigger logs and bigger sticks up on the top.

Now the way an upside down fire is built is that the bigger logs are on the ground.

You actually put them together first and then you put your tinder and your kindling up on the top and you start a small fire on the top and supposedly it spreads down through your pile of wood versus a traditional fire where you’ll start it and it’ll burn up through the wood.

Now an upside down fire is theoretically, according to everything I’ve heard, supposedly supposed to last longer. So for the same amount of wood you’ll get a longer burn time.

So I’m going to test that today. Since I’ve never seen one before I’m going to try and build one and see if I can test the theory.

The way I’m going to try and do this, to satisfy myself that it is a better way to utilize your fuel sources is on this side over here if you can see I have six 2×4’s roughly all the same length and I have four fatwood sticks and then over here I have six 2×4’s roughly the same size and then four fatwood sticks.

So what I’m going to do is I’m going to build a traditional fire on this side and then I’m going to build a upside down fire on this side and I’ll light them both at the same time and we’ll just kind of compare the burn times.

So first I’m going to just process some of this wood with my K-bar here.

So I’ll go ahead and start with this side.

Just bear with me for a minute while I get some of this down. I think I’ll third these.

Now since I’ve got enough wood I think I’m actually, going to maybe, widen this out just a little bit.

Now supposedly this will work with regular wood. The only reason I’m using two-by-four is because I can control the amount of wood that I’m using better than I could with just wild, natural twigs or sticks or logs.

So typically I wouldn’t bring these out here to do this with but since I wanted to have a very controlled test for myself to see if this is the best way I could think of to make sure that I’m using roughly the same amount of wood in each one of these types of fires.

That way it should give me a better understanding of if it works or not.

And it’s recycling this wood. If you recognize this, this is the wood that we shot in some of our other videos.

So it’s a good way to recycle the wood.

I want to split this one up a little smaller now for some kindling.

I love having a big knife. Makes it so easy to process wood.

Okay now I’m just going to shave up one of these fatwood sticks here a little bit.

Now what I intend on doing is lighting these fires with my flint and a cotton ball soaked in Vaseline petroleum jelly so I’ll go ahead and get that out now.

Kind of build my fire up around that.

Get this a little bit puffed out so it’ll catch a spark when I’m ready.

I’m going to shave one more fatwood stick up here.

Just to make sure I want to get this going really good when the time comes.

One or two fatwood on there.

Okay now as you can see here, most of my wood, or the bigger wood, is on the bottom.

The smaller fire it’s actually going to be started on the top.

And so this is where we’re going to see how this works.

All right so we’ve got our first upside down fire built and we’re almost out of time on this video so we’re going to have to go to a Part 2 to build the other fire and to show the burn time.

Continued onto Part 2 video.