One of the most important traditions on Bonfire Night is to burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes in a huge fire, to celebrate the Gunpowder plot planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
But if you're not sure how you're going to build a big fire yet, follow our step-by-step guide to making the perfect bonfire... Just remember to be safe!
- Find a site far away from fences, buildings, trees, roots and plants and sheltered from the wind.
- Clear away any rubbish or garden waste from the site, (including bottles, cans, flammable liquids, anything containing plastic, foam or paint, rubber tyres).
- Dig a pit a few inches deep and a few feet wider than you plan the fire to be.
- Place rocks or bricks around the edge of the pit.
- Make a flat bed of charcoal at the centre of the pit.
- Build a 'teepee' shape from small twigs and newspaper above the charcoal. Follow this with kindling, at 45 degree angles, meeting in the middle.
- Build up the teepee shape with larger logs until you have a large structure.
- Ensure that some long, thin pieces of kindling are touching the base and the top of the tower.
- Light a match and drop it inside the wooden structure. Add wood as needed, being careful not to touch or go near the fire.
- Have buckets of water, sand and a fire extinguisher on hand. Once the celebrations are over, put the fire out completely with water and pile dirt on top.
For information about restrictions and guidelines on bonfires, go to the environmental protection website.
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