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Change the Color of Your Campfire

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How To Safely Change Your Campfire Colors

Well now you can, I will show you ways to change the color of your campfire and amuse the kids.

Did you know that there is even some common everyday household things that you can use to create some entertaining flames. So have some fun the next time you go camping and not only will the kids be amused the adults too will be well entertained and the campfire will be the talk of the night.

So go ahead and give one or a few a try to see what happens with your next fire either at home or the lake this summer.

An Easy Quick Way To Add Color To Your Fire

This is the simplest, cheapest way to add color to your fire. Whether your camping or you just have a fire pit in your backyard like I do.

All you need is a chunk of a copper pipe, then grab some old garden hose. Put the garden hose inside the copper pipe and if your really energetic you can drill a few holes into the copper pipe and that'll give you a much better effect.

How To Make Your Own Fire Color Changers

I will show you the cheapest way to make these, using things that you might already have laying around or can start saving. If you don't have any of these, you can get some at yard sales.


  • Old Candle Wax
  • Paper cups
  • The chemical your going to use


  1. Melt the old candle wax in an old pot or use a double boiler...These are easy to get from a yard or garage sale, the pot can be old and yucky your not going to use it for cooking food, and the candles can be ugly or chipped and cracked your melting them anyway...
  2. Lay out the quantity of paper cups your going to use, the cheapest way for these are to save all your paper coffee cups you get from your local coffee shop after having your morning coffee...
  3. Fill your paper cup with about a 1/4 inch of the chemical your going to use...
  4. Take your melted wax and pour it into the cup covering the chemical that you already had in the cup, now stir it and make sure that all the chemical is completely coated with the wax...
  5. Let the wax mixture cool, preferably overnight...
  6. There's a few ways to do the next step, some people cut off the sides of the cup, just leaving the bottom on to use as a puck, I use this way but don't take off the sides until I'm at my campsite...Other people just throw the entire cup into the fire, after all it's a paper cup...That's it you've just made your own fire color changer puck...

Different Chemicals Make Different Colored Flames

  • Magnesium Sulfate changes flame to White
  • Borax changes flame to Light Green
  • Copper Chloride changes flame to Blue
  • Sodium Chloride changes flame to Orange
  • Copper Sulfate changes flame to Green
  • Lithium Chloride changes flame to Pink
  • Strontium Chloride changes flame to Red
  • Potassium Chloride changes flame to Purple

What Other Tricks Are There For A Campfire

  1. Now let's get small sparks into your campfire, to do that just sprinkle in some sugar.
  2. If you give a handful one or two of coffee creamer make sure it's the powdered kind, you'll see sparkly flashes.
  3. If your looking to create a flash flame try tossing in a small amount of regular flour.
  4. Try creating some gold sparks within the campfire, simply throw in a small amount of iron filings and the gold sparks will come.
  5. You can even make the sparks silver, just simply use aluminum make sure that the aluminum is the powdered kind and you'll be able to have silver sparks in your flames.
  6. Last one which is for making bright silver sparks, just toss in a handful of shavings, be sure to use magnesium shavings.

This Works For Fireplaces Too - Never have another boring fire again

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Karnel

Would You Like Color In Your Fire? - Everyone is welcome to leave their thoughts

Pete on August 03, 2017:

I have been using the copper pipe and garden hose to change the flame colors.

Works great and is easy to do, just toss it into the fire!

annette on July 10, 2016:

Old Christmas light strands work also.

Kara on July 01, 2015:

Weve been using the copper and hose idea for as long as i can remember. The copper brings iut more colors than anything

Theresa on March 13, 2015:

We use about 10 inches of copper pipe with holes drilled in it, then shove a piece od old garden hose in it. It makes beautiful colors! When it's time for over tired kids to calm down while camping, they will sit and stare at the fire because of the beautiful colors and soon fall asleep!

Gail Eskridge on February 23, 2015:

You can also us old extension cords ..just cut them up in small pieces and throw a few in the fire!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on May 31, 2014:

I volunteer every year at a camp and learned a few of these ingredients. I learned even more now through this lens to try this summer!

anonymous on April 26, 2013:

Yes - love color

anonymous on July 29, 2012:

This is such a lovely idea, a campfire with rainbow colours - WOW.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on March 21, 2012:

Oooohhhhh cool! I think I'd get so addicted to flame color changers.

Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on January 29, 2012:

Yes, I'd love all those colors, especially purple!

Paul from Liverpool, England on January 29, 2012:

You can get good effects - but don't toss great handfuis in!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 29, 2012:

I remember the folks doing this when I was a kid, but I'd forgotten about it. Will give it a try this summer. Time to start saving old candles for it.

ChrissLJ on January 29, 2012:

PINK! I want pink flames.

Ronlove LM on December 03, 2011:

wow! Never seen this before! Good Lens