DIY

DIY Campfire Scented Mug Candle

Fall camping trips--huddled over a campfire with with a thermos of steaming mulled cider, wool blankets, and a good book, who says summer should have all the fun? Inspired by fall camping ventures, you can enjoy the nostalgic scent of a campfire even while sheltered inside - no tent required (even though it's preferred). 

You Will Need:

An enamel mug

Candle wax--we like the soy variety

String/Cotton Wick 

Button

Pencil

Campfire fragrance oil 

Directions

Thread your string through the two holes of the button and make a knot. Pull taught and snip after measuring the height of your mug (cut an inch longer than you think you'll need).

Melt a little bit of wax according to manufacturer's directions (we bought microwavable wax--it saves so much time). Dip the string and button into your wax to coat entirely. Once coated, lay it on a paper towel to dry a few minutes.

Once dry, anchor your newly fashioned wick in the center of your mug--adhering the button to the mug with a little wax if need be. Wrap the excess wick around a pencil balanced on the lip of the mug.

Melt the rest of your wax. Pour in a capful or two of fragrance oil and mix with hot wax. Pour the mixture into your camp mug and let dry a few hours.

Once the wax is solidified, cut the wick.

Photo and inspiration via PoppyTalk

Swedish Fire Torch

The Swedish Fire Torch, also known as a Canadian Candle, is a great way to set up a fire as it uses only one log, has a flat cooking surface and is self feeding, meaning it can burn for several hours without any attention. It is easy to build, takes up a small amount of space and is also a good fire to make in snow, as the main part of the construction is kept off the wet ground.

The torch is made by taking a reasonably sized log, which has a flat top and bottom, and splitting it into four quarters.  This will act as the main fuel for the fire. Place your kindling at alternating angles, in a criss-cross fashion, between the gaps. The tinder, which is what will catch a flame and initiate the fire, should be placed at the top of the torch (cut log) and may also be placed intermittently between the kindling. The heat, ashes and flames of the tinder will, once lit, drop down onto the lower layers, causing them to also ignite. This, in turn, will act to set fire to the four quarters of the split log. The tinder can be lit using a spark from a striker, or a flame if using a lighter or match. Once the fire has been started, air is able to freely circulate within, due to the gaps between the split log, providing oxygen to the flames. Once established, the fire can burn freely without any further attention.

The Secret To Colder Beer, Faster

Secret to colder beer | Ice, Water, Beer, Salt and some sort of container (a canoe works) - shot by Sarah Culver Photography

Secret to colder beer | Ice, Water, Beer, Salt and some sort of container (a canoe works) - shot by Sarah Culver Photography

Though summer's almost over, the desire for cold beer never ends. Cooling your beer fast is not a myth (hallelujah) but an attainable reality. 

Photograph by Taylor Lord 

Photograph by Taylor Lord 

So, if you don't have a cold river or snow near by (that's the old-fashioned, foolproof way) get a bowl and fill it with 1 litre of water, 3 cups ice and 3-4 tbsp salt. Place one can (or bottle) into the bowl and stir it slowly around for 2 or more minutes to drop the temperature quickly. The secret behind this? By putting salt into the ice water, the water temperature drop lower then it would normally - The salt allows water to exist as a liquid at a temperature lower than 0°C. Stirring slowly allows the content of your can to move and rotate, exposing more beer to the cold edge of the container. 

Photographed by Blue Window Creative via the WeddingChicks

Photographed by Blue Window Creative via the WeddingChicks

You can also use this method in your cooler for the same reason; The ice will cool the water down and the salt will allow the water temperature to drop below 0°C.  The beer will then be fully submersed in sub-zero water maximizing the surface area in contact, getting beer colder faster and keeping the cold for longer. 

How To Master Campfire Cooking

As summer winds down and our thoughts turn to fall, we can't seem to let go of the idea of cooking over an open flame. Even when our grille is safely packed away in the coming months, we'll still trudge outside with a thermos full of hot coffee and settle in for a night of fireside cooking. The only problem is that without a proper campfire cooking set up, you're pretty limited in your culinary options beyond marshmallows and hotdogs on sticks. Lately, we've been dreaming of cooking cowboy style: baking bread in a Dutch oven or simmering a pot of hearty stew over an open flame. Cue this DIY Campfire Cooking Station. We love this DIY because it's totally customizable for whatever you're cooking--as long as it has handles, you can hang it from the s-hooks. Dinner just got more fun!

Things You'll Need

-Three Pieces of 4' Rebar 

-11' of Thin Chain

-Small U-Bolt Clamp

-Two S-Hooks

-Pot w/Two Side Handles 

Directions

Position the tops of the poles so that they are splayed out with the tops touching as if forming a tripod. Position over an unlit fire. 

Unscrew the u-bar clamp and place the clamp over the top of the three pieces of rebar. Secure them in place by tightening the screw.

Take one end of the chain and loop the first link with the s-hook.

Loop the other end of the s-hook through the handle of the pot so that the s-hook is linking the chain and the pot. To do this, chain must be held very taught. 

Repeat on the other side so that both handles of the pot are connected to an s-hook.Gather up the slack in the middle and position the pot in the middle of the poles

Wrap the excess chain around the top of the pole "tripod."

Light fire and enjoy!

Via Poppytalk by Emily + Erick of Hello Home Shoppe