Camp Smartly: Tips for building a perfect campfire

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From the bloggers at Camp Smartly:

As a kid, I was always practicing for real-life camping by setting up a campsite in my backyard. Before I got my first tent, I would use my dad’s old tent from his childhood. It was very basic and very beat up, but it worked for my purposes.

One night, I decided it would be a good idea to try building a campfire like I saw in the movies. I gathered up a small pile of sticks and lit a match. When I dropped the tiny flame on the stack of twigs, not much happened. The match quickly burned out.

So, I tried again. And again. And again.

Until finally, a fire caught—although not quite how I wanted it to. It sparked the dry grass beneath my pile and seared a chunk of our backyard. It didn’t last long, and it didn’t spread, but my dad found the burned patch in the morning and wasn’t happy.

Later on, I learned how to make a campfire the right way, and now I would like to teach you!

To read the full blog and see the step-by-step ideas on how to build that campfire, visit

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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