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DIY Camping Fire Reflector

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Enjoy more time around the campfire and keep your back and bum warm while camping with a portable fire reflector.

two camping chairs with fire reflectors attached to them next to a campfire out in the snow with a man sitting in one of the chairs

Camping is awesome most of the time. One of the most annoying things about camping is when your back gets cold while sitting around a campfire. You have to change the position of your chair or get up and stand with your backside to the fire to keep from getting too cold.

This has kept us from camping in cooler weather. To solve this issue, we a campfire heat reflector. Now we can sit around a fire when it is cold out. This insulated shield will keep the warmth of a campfire focused in your direction.

woman sitting outside in the snow in a camping chair with a heat shield on it next to a campfire

Get your campfire going with a fire starter log or pinecone starter.

This DIY camping project utilizes Reflectix, which is an insulation item we use quite a bit. We used it for this DIY Ice Chest Cover.

Homemade Camp Fire Reflector

There are only a few supplies needed for this simple project: reflective insulation roll, foil-backed or duct tape, spring clamps, scissors, and a measuring tape.

supplies needed to make a thermal fire reflector


The amount of insulated bubble wrap that you use will depend on the size of your camping chair. We created ours for two different styles of seats, including the one used in our Camping Chair Repair Project. We ended up using 10 feet of 48″ wide Reflectix.

collage showing how to put together a campfire heat reflector

If you would like your campfire reflector to wrap around your chair more or to accommodate two chairs together, then you might need to piece together the wrap to create a larger wind block.

two camping chairs with fire reflectors attached to them

We used the extra tape leftover from our Pop-Up Camper Solar Window Shades project. Regular duct tape or even packing tape would also work. Pop-Up owners will also like these Solar Bunkend Covers.

man sitting outside in the snow in a camp chair with a campfire reflector on it

While this project is shown being used in the snow, it would work whenever it is cool out. You might even use it on a cool summer evening.

We are very pleased with how this project turned out. It is amazing how something so simple makes such a big difference.

If you make this project, let us know how it turns out. Did you make any adaptations? You can share a photo on Pinterest or on our Facebook page.

man sitting next to campfire in a camping chair with a fire reflector attached to it keeping warm

Yield: 1 heat reflector

Camping Fire Reflector

man keeping warm next to campfire in a camping chair with a fire reflector attached

Keep your backside warm next to the campfire with this homemade fire reflector that attaches to a camping chair.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Duct Insulation
  • Foil or Duct Tape
  • Spring Clamps

Tools

  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Open up your camping chair and measure how tall the seat is.
    2. Add approximately 2½-3 feet to that height. We made ours 5' tall. Eric is 6'2".
    3. Cut out of a piece of insulation that measures that height by 4 feet. If your insulation is narrower than 48", tape 2 pieces together. Wider is OK!
    4. Bring the top two corners of the insulation together and clamp in place, creating a fold down the middle of the insulation.
    5. Tape that top edge together to form a hood.
    6. Use spring clamps to attach the campfire reflector to your camping chair.
    7. Keep toasty by the campfire!

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