Building a campfire isn’t all that difficult or complicated, but there are a few important steps to making it safe, warm, and easy to maintain, greatly improving your overall campfire experience. Begin by placing your dry starter material in the center of your campground or firepit. Place your small kindling on top of the starter material (this kindling should be about a pencil diameter in size). If using an IncinerGrate, place it over your small pile of kindling, and make sure the four legs are firmly and evenly in place. Add a bunch of larger kindling above and around the inner ring. Bundle it about 5 to 6 inches across. Add smaller logs around the outside of the IncinerGrate. If possible, use a mixture of softwood and hardwood. If you are not using an IncinerGrate, you will have to assemble the wood and kindling structure manually. Use a long match or lighter to start the smallest kindling. Blow or fan the fire as needed to get it started. As the fire gets going, you may need to add more medium-sized kindling. This helps form the “ember core”. As the logs begin to burn nicely you can then add larger logs around the grate. Enjoy your new and improved campfire, and always remember to make sure you carefully extinguish when you’re done. For more on safety, click here.