At some point in your outdoor adventures, you’ve probably tried to have a fire on top of the snow. If you tried it, everything started out normally. The tinder burned and the kindling lit. But as soon as the embers started to form, they dropped down into the snow and were immediately extinguished with a hiss. Then you learned the hard way—that a fire directly on the snow can’t last. Thankfully, you have options. If there’s a small amount of snow, dig down until you hit the frozen ground and build your fire there. When the snow is too deep for that, try option two, building a fire platform on top of the snow. The easiest way to crack this problem is to build a “raft” out of wood, to sit on top of the snow. This raft can be chunks of wet rotten wood, fresh cut live wood or anything in between. Place the pieces close together, eliminating gaps that would drop your embers down into the snow. Build and burn your fire atop this raft, just as you’d burn it on bare ground. Depending on the moisture in the log raft, it may last for one hour or for several hours. It can also be replaced, as needed.