Bon fires are a great way to have a celebration alone or with friends. The most important element of having a bon fire is safety. Pick out a spot where nothing else will catch on fire for a start. Then find some material to make your bon fire with.
The best material is wood. You can get it from a woods or maybe some left over wood from a construction site. I have known people to burn mattresses or other pieces of furniture but that is not necessarily good for the environment. Wood is the best and it should be untreated lumber. Never cut down a live tree for a bon fire since you don’t want to kill a tree and the wood from a live tree is green and hard to burn.
Once you have a good pile of material to burn you can pile it up about 20 feet from your pit area. You can make your own fire pit by shoveling out a hole as big as you want your fire. Take off the sod in chunks and you can replace it when your fire is over. You should have a ring around the hole you have dug. You can make a ring with rocks around the edge of your pit. You can also buy a commercial fire ring and they work nicely.
When your pit is done you are ready to start a fire. Start with some newspaper that is crumpled into balls or twisted into long logs. Place the paper into the pit. Then take twigs and put them on the paper so there is air space between most of the twigs but not all. Place larger branches on top of the twigs leaving some air space and then put your big logs on top.
Air is important for fire to burn so make sure air can get to parts of the wood. You can do this by positioning your wood into a teepee shape and have the paper, twigs and smaller branches in side the center of the teepee before you light it. Or you can shape your logs in the shape of a log cabin before you start your fire. You can also just make sure some air is getting between some of your logs.
Safety is your main concern with a bon fire. If you are careless with fire your fun will become catastrophe. Use common sense and keep everything that you don’t want to burn away from your fire.