There’s nothing like sitting around a warm campfire with your friends and an ice cold beer in hand! It’s a warm bonding moment you can only truly enjoy in the great outdoors. However, if you’re looking to jazz things up a bit, why not throw some vibrant color in your flames?
Orange is cool and all, however there’s a wide palette of colors that you can safely change your fire to. Of course you’ll want to do it safely, seeing as that it can cause some serious reactions – and one should always be extremely cautious when it comes to adding anything to fire. Nevertheless, there are certain hues safe to add that can cause some epic reactions.
To start, you’ll want to gather a few fire logs or big pieces of wood and dry them out. Then, select a color from the list below and completely dilute the chemical into a bucket of water until it can’t be dissolved any further. Be sure to get a bucket with a lid on top so that you can re-seal it afterwards and use it to color tons of firewood in the future!
Take your firewood and soak it in the color liquid mixture for a full hour, then leave it out to dry completely before using or storing away. It’s also important that you use rubber gloves when handling the wet logs because some of the chemicals could possibly burn your skin while wet.
Here are the different chemicals that are known to be safe for coloring:
Color = Chemical
- Carmine = Lithium Chloride
- Red = Strontium Chloride
- Orange = Calcium Chloride (a bleaching powder)
- Yellow = Sodium Chloride (regular table salt) or Sodium Carbonate
- Yellowish Green = Borax
- Green = Copper Sulfate (available at a hardware store) or Boric Acid (poison)
- Blue = Copper Chloride
- Violet (This one will smoke a ton) = 3 parts Potassium Sulfate, 1 part Potassium Nitrate (saltpeter)
- Purple = Potassium Chloride
- White = Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom salts)
Also, be careful to not cook anything over these vivid flames, unless you’re just using regular table salt!