Build perfect campfire: Mathematically stoking the perfect fire (VIDEO).

How to Build the Perfect Campfire, Mathematically (Video)

How to Build the Perfect Campfire, Mathematically (Video)

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June 13 2015 7:45 AM

The Perfect Campfire, Mathematically

A Duke engineer’s formula.

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A Duke professor of mechanical engineering has mathematically confirmed how to build the perfect fire, maximizing heat, airflow, and efficiency. The secret, of course, is to create a pyramid whose base is as wide as it is tall.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.