Don't let the back-to-school sales fool you, there's still plenty of summer left. And campfire season lasts well into the autumn, and weather permitting, can make cool winter nights bearable, allowing you to hang out outside even when it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon. Field Notes, the blog of online retailer Kaufmann Mercantile, offers an in-depth guide to creating the perfect campfire. They break the process down into three the important components, which apply whether you're in your backyard, in the backcountry, or on the beach: starting, maintaining, and extinguishing the fire.
After that, it's all back tinder and kindling and fuel, and plenty of roasted marshmallows.
Check it out: Campfire 101 [Kaufmann Mercantile]