Campfires are an indispensable part of camping, especially for winter campers. However, just sitting around the golden flames can often turn out to be monotonous. If you are bringing your kids with you, you can amuse them by changing the color of the flames into a more vibrant one.
The adults will also get entertained with the colored flames. You will become the center of attention among your neighboring campers. So, how can you change the color? This post will give you a clear idea.
You can either create your own fire color changers or use readymade products.
Creating your Own Fire Color Changers
You can create your own fire color changer using an old candle wax, paper cups and the chemical of your choice.
Use a double boiler or an old pot to thaw the old candle wax. You can get the boiler from a garage/yard sale and the pot can even be a discarded one. Even the candles can be cracked, chipped or melting away.
Next you need to lay out the paper cups and fill them with about ¼ inch of your choice-able chemical. Now, pour melted wax over the chemical that is in the cups. Stir it so that the chemical is fully covered with wax. Let the mixture cool overnight.
You can then either cut the sides of the paper cup, keeping the bottom intact for its use as a puck, or you could just throw the whole cup into the campfire. It will change the color of your campfire.
Chemicals to be Used for Different Colored Flame
- Copper Chloride for blue
- Magnesium Sulfate for white
- Sodium Chloride for orange
- Borax for light green
- Lithium Chloride for pink
- Copper Sulfate for green
- Potassium Chloride for purple
- Strontium Chloride for red
Quick Way to Add Color to Campfires
To add color to your campfire in the quickest and cheapest way, follow this process.
Take an old garden hose and put it inside a copper pipe. You could also drill some hole into the copper pipe to get a better effect. Place the pipe in the fire.
Few Readymade Color Changers
If you don’t want to go through the hassles of creating your own color changers, you could buy some readymade products. A few of them include:
In an instant, you can alter the color of your campfire. Throw in a pack of Funky Flames, and you can get up to three different flame colors like green, blue and purple. The colorful flames will last up to 30 minutes.
You can sprinkle these crystals on your campfire to get an array of colors. You will get these flame color changers in 1 lb tubes. They are fun and easy to use for the entire family.
Add approximately 2 tablespoons of crystals carefully into the base of the flame area. Carry out this process after the fire has lit up properly.
Other Tips to Add Special Effects to your Campfire
- To add small sparks to your campfire, sprinkle some sugar on it.
- You can see sparkly flashes if you add one or two handfuls of powdered coffee creamer.
- Add iron fillings in small amount and you will get gold sparks in your campfire.
- For silver sparks, add powdered aluminum to the fire.
- Add small amount of regular flour if you want to have a flash flame in your campfire.
- For bright silver sparks, you can try adding a handful of magnesium shavings.
While creating colorful flames or adding effects to your campfire make sure you maintain proper fire safety. Supervise kids and do not inhale any of the smoke. Also, do not try using these objects in fires that are used for cooking. Follow these helpful tips and you will have an amazing camping experience.
Do you like to make your campfires colorful? Do you follow any other way to make the flames colorful? Share your thoughts in the comments below.