There is no hallmark of summer fun quite like a campfire – whether you've gathered some neighbors and friends in your own backyard or you're on a backpacking adventure.
In fact, 99 percent of campers have a campfire and 91 percent of campers “roast” over their campfires, according to research from The MindClick Group.
And now there are some great ways to give this age-old tradition some innovative twists.
Take care of the nature that you're enjoying. Remember to keep the honorable principle of “leave no trace” top of mind. Regularly clear your campfire and your campsite of debris and garbage. This is also a good practice to keep bears at bay. Separate your bottles and cans, as many parks have separate bins for recyclables.
You can also green your campfire by your choice of what you burn. Instead of traditional firewood, consider a cleaner-burning roasting log to reduce your impact on the air around you. For example, Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs are made from 100 percent renewable resources and burn 60 percent cleaner than firewood in a fire pit.
New spin on treats
S'mores, a staple of campfire eats, are a delight for children and adults alike. But you don't need to stick with the standard recipe at your next campfire. Get s'more out of the experience with these scrumptious suggestions from the experts at Duraflame:
Everything But the Kitchen Sink: Graham crackers with peanut butter cups, white-chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows sprinkled with crumbled chocolate wafers.
Mint Medley: Chocolate wafer cookies with mint wafer chocolate and marshmallows.
Strawberry Shortcake: Shortbread cookies with white chocolate and strawberry marshmallows or slices of fresh strawberry.
Turtles: Add chopped pecans and caramel to a standard-style s'more.