There is nothing quite like sitting around a campfire and enjoying a sky full of stars with your friends and family. A campfire can often be the difference between having a good camping trip and a great one.

For us our best memories of camping trips are normally the ones that involve us sitting around the fire cooking our evening meals and enjoying a couple of cold beers as the sun goes down.

Not all national parks and campsites allow open fires but you can often overcome this by bringing along a portable fire pit. Portable fire pits are great for cooking over and keeping you warm when the temperature drops.

In keeping with the ‘leave no trace’ principles you should take care when placing your fire pit on the ground, you should try and make sure that you don’t scorch the ground where possible.

Ideally placing something under the fire pit avoids any potential scorching of the ground, some fire pits like the snow peak fire pit now comes with an optional base plate that will make sure that the ground underneath the fire pit is protected.

You should also clear any leaves or debris under the fire pit to make sure that they do not catch fire and cause a potential hazard.

If you decide to use your fire pit to cook your camping meals, you will need to decide what type of fuel to use. Most people use either charcoal, heat beads or hard wood. It is important to remember that charcoal and beads release less smoke than hardwood and also gives off more heat than wood, but on the downside charcoal is more expensive to purchase.

It really comes down to personal choice. One thing for sure is that cooking on a fire pit is great fun for all involved, the kids love roasting marshmallows over an open flame while the adults take great pride in cooking that perfect steak in the great outdoors.