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Making the perfect campfire

| Updated Nov 22, 2013
The secret is the perfect Tee pee shape that keeps the wood burning

RVers and campfires go together.

Campfires are a great way for people to congregate, have fun, and spend time together. It's hard, in fact, to imagine an RV adventure without a campfire. I can spend hours gazing at the flames. It's a way to decompress, relax and enjoy the out of doors.

But when the fire varies in intensity, smokes a lot, or requires a lot of tending, the fun factor diminishes pretty quickly.

The steel bars break down into two 13-x-13 inch pieces for easy storage in an RV

So check this gizmo out… the FIREase Campfire Builder,  a professionally welded and coated steel bar that goes in the fire circle on top of the kindling and starter materials and keeps the logs and fire wood in that perfect teepee shape. No more falling logs or wood that collapses on each other. The way this device keeps the wood upright, you get a perfect campfire that starts easy and burns hotter, longer and more efficiently than ever before.

This unit separates into two pieces for easy storage in the RV with the rest of your camping gear. It takes just seconds to reassemble the half-inch thick bars and it weights five pounds and is 13 x 13 inches. You could also use this in a fixed firepit at home.

So popular are these that many campgrounds have bought them and then rent them out to their campers for use each night.

This cool campfire tool helps get the fire started very fast and because the wood is always positioned upright for maximum ventilation, the wood burns in a very attractive way, with the smoke tending to go straight up rather than to the side.

Anyway, with this gizmo, I am pretty much guaranteed to have great campfires everytime.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-11-22

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

44 Responses to “Making the perfect campfire”

August 13, 2014at1:32 am, Bill Souders said:

Ha Ha Ha what a waste of time. If timbers fall over they could cause some one to get burned.

August 12, 2014at6:24 pm, Gary Hennes said:

This guy has been doing presentations on camping for years – check out his method:

August 11, 2014at10:49 pm, Lynn LaRoche Zizza said:

I must share this with the fire god!

August 11, 2014at7:41 pm, Pam John said:

love sitting at my fires..much easier with wood and paper

August 11, 2014at7:38 pm, Louise Pinchak said:

Hot dogs and marshmallows. Grandkids love them.

August 11, 2014at7:30 pm, Darwin Amiotte said:

No true outdoors person or camper would need this!

August 11, 2014at8:05 pm, Steve Griffin said:

True Darwin. This is for rookies.

August 01, 2014at8:12 am, Lou Hunt said:

So inviting!

August 01, 2014at1:46 am, Cindy Kahner said:

Daniel Oberembt

July 31, 2014at6:45 pm, Lilly Solt said:

Call Aunt Susie she is the best fire builder in the country ! Awesomr times on the river in our cabin.

July 31, 2014at3:13 pm, Annetta Hughes said:

Love a campfire!

February 23, 2014at9:01 pm, Fred Showker said:

Hmmmmm, right — nothing better! (Except knowing how to build the perfect campfire from scratch without devices ) 🙂

February 23, 2014at7:36 am, Carol King said:

Aaahhh. Can’t wait for one of these to sit by.

February 23, 2014at6:49 am, Steven Haney said:

Nothing better campfire with friends

February 23, 2014at5:15 am, George King said:

ideal for cooking spuds

February 22, 2014at11:14 pm, John Rausch said:

Sean Healey here are all my secrets.

February 22, 2014at10:30 pm, Debbie Jones-Worvie said:

So ready to have a bonfire!!

February 22, 2014at9:11 pm, Millie Dwyer said:

soon i hope

February 22, 2014at9:04 pm, Betty Price said:

hopefully that is only a rumor going around,

February 22, 2014at8:44 pm, Mary Anne McLaughlin said:

I can’t wait to see our campfire!

February 22, 2014at8:02 pm, Pat Mesic said:

They are selling artificial camp fires in the stores now. How ridiculous is that? I am going to use presto logs this year, it is cheaper than buying firewood from the campground and it lasts all night.

February 22, 2014at7:30 pm, Wendy Jobin said:

Brecken Bernia have your dad look at this, and go to the web site to see it!

February 22, 2014at7:05 pm, Bruce Oroian said:

this is what im talking about

February 22, 2014at7:00 pm, Johnson Regina said:

This could melt this snow in PA.

February 22, 2014at6:17 pm, Marilyn Kearns Hilborn said:

I read recently that the EPA is banning wood burning fireplaces and stoves. I guess that eventually they will ban Camp fires.

February 22, 2014at6:36 pm, Doug MoonDoggie Moon said:

They all ready have in some places. They’ll get us all in time.

February 22, 2014at7:31 pm, Marlene Evatt Ansley said:

That’s ridiculous!!!

February 22, 2014at7:34 pm, Debie Lynn said:

That will be a very sad day

February 23, 2014at9:21 am, Pam Ruthenbeck said:

Time to tell the government to take a hike.

February 22, 2014at6:11 pm, Carol Bieberitz said:

Awesome….but not sure id want to travel with it

November 25, 2013at2:40 pm, Rhoda said:

Yes, I,m having the same problem with the link to Campskunks final words on winterizing.

November 25, 2013at2:20 pm, Rande said:

Is anyone else having trouble connecting to the Camp Skunk article? The link brought me here, to the fire starter article.

November 22, 2013at3:37 pm, Bob said:

I own two of them (one for my home and one for camping) and they are well worth the buy. I can have a fire burning very quickly and not have to spend unneccessary time dealing with twigs, kindling, etc. Especially convienent to start a quick fire after putting up a tent, unpacking camping items and am able to spend more time with the family actually roasting hot dogs and smores !

November 22, 2013at2:20 pm, Steve said:

Half the fun of a campfire is studying the fire and determining exactly where and how to place the next log and then poking at the fire with a stick to maintain optimum combustion.

November 22, 2013at4:46 pm, Nancy said:

I like your way of thinking, Steve!

November 22, 2013at2:04 pm, Mike Wendand said:

I agree. They are very nice…but very expensive.

November 22, 2013at2:03 pm, Larry said:

I’d buy two of these in a heartbeat…. but not at that price. Maybe I’d pay $29… but $75 is ludicrous

November 22, 2013at1:46 pm, Gayla Lindquist said:

$75 is pretty pricey, however!

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