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Banking a Fire

By June 13, 2006

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  • Question: I would like to know exactly what 'banking' a fire means and how it's done. For years I have seen this phrase, 'bank the fire,' and wondered. It sounds like something magical one does to a fire so that it's still smoldering in the morning, thus making the building of the morning fire a snap.
  • Answer: Banking a fire is actually nothing more than the name implies. To bank a fire means to build a wall around it out of rocks or stones, or to build the fire next to a rock or dirt wall such that it blocks the wind.
June 14, 2006 at 8:03 am
(1) Steven says:

When you bank a fire, you cover it with ashes or cinders so as to control the rate of burning, thus keeping the fire low but alive.

August 24, 2009 at 11:41 pm
(2) Michael Ridout says:

Right! Banking the fire means to cover it with ashes so that the embers remain hot overnight and make starting a fire the next morning easy. And they do stay hot.

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