Upside Down vs Traditional Campfire Methods-Part 3

Editor’s Review:

In this video, 2 Brothers Adventures Jack finally starts the fire and gets it going. You can now see the difference in burning times between the two different styles of stacking methods: traditional teepee style vs the upside down style firewood arrangements.

Which method of assembly is more efficient? That is which one do you not have to tend to all the time? A big plus so you don’t have to go gather more wood all the time.

See which one has longer lasting flames. And the winner is?

Watch the video and judge for yourself which firewood arrangement would suit your needs best for your campfire or fire pit.

Video Transcript:

Okay part 3 we’re going to light these now.

We’re going to see which one burns the longest with the same amount of fuel.

So what I’m going to do is I’m going to start these cotton ball fire-starters here soaked in petroleum jelly and then I’m going to light each fire and we’ll just let it go and see what happens

So here we go, let’s get this going.

Okay they’re both lit at the same time.

It’s a little windy out here today so we’re just going to let this go and see what happens.

This is my first upside down fire so hopefully I’ve built it correctly and we’ll just see what happens. So we’ll check in periodically and see what’s happening.

Just let it keep running for a minute.

Okay as you can see both of those started really well.

We ran out of batteries so we’re going to have to patch that in.

Sorry about that.

If you can see my watch there, it’s 18:37, which is 6:37 so we’ll let those burn for a little while then we’ll come back and give you an update.

That is the upside down fire.

There’s the traditional tepee style fire.

All right, it’s now 18:40.

It’s been about six minutes.

[Onscreen: Correction…3 minutes]

There’s our traditional tepee fire.

There’s the upside down fire.

Looks like the flames are going down through it.

So we’ll come back and give you an update in just a little bit.

Okay we’re back for an update.

It’s 18:45 so it’s been roughly nine minutes.

As you can see, had a stick roll off of the traditional tepee fire.

I’m just going to leave that off and the reason I’m going to leave that off is because the things that I’ve heard about a upside down fire is the fact that you don’t have to tend it, that you can leave it.

So, theoretically, like if you’re in camp overnight you want your fire to last through the night or if you’re going to lay down and sleep by it or if it’s a shelter fire or something you don’t have to get up as often to stoke the fire and to tend the fire.

So for that reason I’m just going to leave fires alone.

I’m not going to touch them. I’m not going to tend them at all and I’m just going to see what happens.

So as you see, the traditional fire, if you can tell, has collapsed in on itself.

And it’s starting to consume pretty much everything.

The upside down fire is burning pretty good too.

It’s burning all the way to the bottom.

So, we’ll just see what happens.

They’re both burning roughly the same – I don’t know what you want to call it – volume, or the same size or, you know, the same type of heat so we’ll see what happens.

Anyway we’ll be back with another update.

All right we’re back for another update.

It’s 18:50 so it’s been roughly 14 minutes.

As you can see, the traditional fire is kind of petering out a little bit and it’s collapsed on itself.

There’s pretty much just only one log that’s burning really good.

The upside down fire is still burning pretty good, pretty strong.

It’s actually collapsing a little bit on this other side that’s had a log roll off.

And let’s kind of give you another view here.

It’s burning really good though.

Putting out a lot of heat.

There’s the traditional fire.

As you can see it’s not burning near as vigorously.

The traditional fire.

The upside down fire.

So far I’m impressed.

So we’ll come back, give you another update in a little bit and we’ll see how these are going.

Okay, back with another update.

It’s 18:53, just about to turn 54, so roughly 18 minutes and definitely the upside down fire is doing better than the traditional fire.

It’s pretty much done.

It’s got some coals, a little bit of flame there on the end because there’s still some raw wood there, but that upside down fire is still burning fairly well.

Probably going to last another couple of minutes, the flame. Whereas the traditional fire is just about done.

Just to give you another different look, there’s the traditional fire, the tepee fire.

There’s the upside down fire.

It’s collapsed on itself now and a stick has rolled off but it’s still burning more vigorously than the traditional fire.

So now I could probably push some of those sticks together on the traditional fire and get it to burn a little bit more vigorously but the whole point of the upside down fire is that you don’t have to tend it and that for the same amount of wood it’s a more efficient fire.

And, although this is my first one, I believe it’s proven that it is such.

I’m definitely going to experiment with it more in the future and see how it works.

So anyways, this is Jack with 2 Brothers Adventures just out trying something for the first time that I saw and that I was interested in.

Just wanted to see if it would work and it did so I’m a little bit surprised at that.

I’m going to have to experiment with it more and maybe this will be something that I use more frequently.

So anyways get out, try some things.

If you don’t know how to do it, go out and learn.

At least give it a shot.

Video Update:


The boys rebuild the two styles and refine their techniques: such as keeping the wood closer together to allow for less airflow and longer burn time.
The teepee style takes about 30 minutes and the upside down arrangement takes about 20 minutes longer but it takes longer to start.
The upside down fire also requires no tending – it is self feeding.The WINNER!