Stacking your firewood correctly is very important when building a campfire. It can make the difference between a fast-starting fire using minimal kindling and a frustrating experience that may not get off the ground. When you build a fire, start with the smallest pieces of seasoned (dry) firewood you can find. The smaller pieces will ignite faster than large pieces of hardwood. Also, choose pieces of wood that are split open, as the heartwood in the middle will ignite easier than the outer sapwood. Place firewood around the grate to create a “pocket” for your kindling.  Remember to leave room for air to circulate so the young fire can catch on and roar. Taking the extra time to follow these steps will repay itself tenfold when your fire burns long and strong while reducing the risk of stray embers.