Have you ever gotten the sense that the smoke from your campfire seems to follow you wherever you go? Well, you wouldn’t be wrong. But why does that happen? In this article, I’ll take a look at some of the science behind campfire smoke and why it behaves the way it does. We’ll also discuss some ways to reduce the amount of smoke that follows you around. So read on to learn more!
What Does It Mean When The Smoke from A Fire Follows You?
When the smoke from a fire follows you, it means that the smoke particles are being drawn towards you. This can happen for a few reasons. One reason is that the air around you is warmer than the air around the fire. Smoke rises because it is lighter than air; as it rises, it cools down. So when the air around you is warmer, the smoke will be drawn towards you.
Another reason the smoke might follow you is because of the way that air flows. If a breeze blows towards you, the smoke will be carried along with it. And if there are obstacles in the way, like trees or rocks, the smoke will flow around them and follow you to the other side.
Tips to Avoid Getting Campfire Smoke in Your Face
So now that we know why the smoke follows us, let’s look at how we can reduce the amount of smoke that follows us around.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of campfire smoke following you:
- Build your fire in a clearing: This will help to ensure that there is less wind blowing the smoke towards you.
- Avoid using wet wood: Wet wood produces more smoke than dry wood. So if you’re looking to minimize the amount of smoke, be sure to use dry wood.
- Use the right type of wood: Some types of wood produce more smoke than others. So if you’re looking to reduce the amount of smoke, be sure to use a type of wood that produces less smoke. For example, hardwoods like oak and maple produce less smoke than softwoods like pine and cedar.
- Don’t add too much wood at once: If you add too much wood to the fire at once, it will produce a lot of smoke. So add small amounts of wood at a time to avoid this.
- Use a fan: If you have a fan, you can use it to blow the smoke away from you.
- Cover the fire: If you cover it with a piece of metal or tarp, it will help trap the smoke and keep it from following you.
- Don’t overdo it with the fuel: If you use too much fuel, it will produce more smoke. So be sure to use the right amount of fuel for your fire.
Also, there are some other non-harmful but annoying side-effects of smoke following you around, such as smoke smell getting in your clothes or even the smell getting in your hair. Be sure to follow these tips to prevent those as well.
What Do You Say when Campfire Smoke Blows in Your Face?
So you may or may not have heard of a tradition involving rabbits and your hatred for them. (Yes, seriously.) The tradition goes, when smoke is blowing in your face from the campfire, you say, “I hate rabbits.”
The origins of this folk tradition are a bit unclear, but some say that it goes back to the days of early Indigenous people, about the smoke resembling rabbit fur.
Whatever the case may be, it’s definitely become a thing among campers and hikers over the years. So if you’re ever in a situation where the smoke is blowing in your face, just remember to say, “I hate rabbits!” (Or you could just move away from the smoke. That works too.)
So, does it actually work? No, not really. But it’s a fun tradition to take part in nonetheless.
How Do You Stop a Campfire from Smoking?
So now you’ve gone and done it. You didn’t listen to our above tips, and your campfire smoke is raging out of control. So, what can you do to control this beast you’ve created?
Well, there are a couple of things you can do. First, you can try to fan the smoke away with a piece of cardboard or your hat. This will help to disperse the smoke and make it less likely to follow you around.
Another option is to dampen the wood. You can do this by spraying it down with water or throwing a wet blanket over it. This will help to create less smoke overall.
Lastly, make sure there is enough airflow. If the smoke is having trouble escaping, it will start to billow out and follow you around. So be sure to clear any debris and leave space between logs to open up the airflow.
Is Wood Smoke Worse than Cigarette Smoke?
Wood smoke is made up of a mixture of gases and fine particles. These particles are known to cause health problems such as respiratory illness, heart disease, and cancer. Cigarette smoke is also made up of a mixture of gases and fine particles. However, cigarette smoke also contains more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic. So while wood smoke can certainly harmful to your health, cigarette smoke is even more harmful – there’s no debate about it.
Either way, it doesn’t mean that you should sit in either smoke for long periods of time. We’ll get into why in the next section.
Can You Get Sick from Campfire Smoke?
Yes, you can get sick from campfire smoke. Inhaling campfire smoke can cause a number of health problems, such as respiratory illness, heart disease, and cancer.
But if you currently have an underlying respiratory condition, such as asthma or COPD, you’re even more at risk of having health problems from inhaling campfire smoke. So it’s important to take extra caution if you have any underlying respiration conditions.
I know the allure & camaraderie of hanging out by the campfire smoke is a tradition that’s as old as time. But you should first understand the risks associated with inhaling this smoke, especially if you already deal with underlying issues.
So there you have it! Now you know all about campfire smoke, why it follows you around, and how it can affect your health. Just remember to take caution if you’re sitting around the fire for long periods, and be sure to step away if the smoke starts to blow in your face. And if you’re ever in a situation where the smoke is blowing in your face, just remember to say, “I hate rabbits!” (Or you could follow some of the tips above. That works too. 😜)