This is my take on an easy way to have a great campfire
Step 1: First Step - Fire Starter
I build my fires with homemade egg carton fire starter(lot of great instructables on that) I use pet bedding shavings to make mine, they work great.
Step 2: Second Step - Small Logs
I place to small diameter logs about 10 inches apart and place the fire starter in the middle
Step 3: Third Step - 2 X 4 Kindling
Place 2 x 4's that are about 12 inches long or any other milled lumber is great for kindling; stack on top of small logs. I usually split the 2 x 4s making them 2 x 2, they catch fire quicker.
Step 4: Fourth Step - Light
Now light the fire starter and arrange the milled wood (2 x 4s or 2 x 2) above the flame so as not to smother the flames
Step 5: Fifth Step - Add Large Logs
As the fire continues to grow add larger logs and get ready to make s'mores.