Once the tents are set and the gear is organized, Campers gravitate to the fire pit and spend hours contemplating life while staring into the flames. It is a beautiful sight.
The smoke eventually finds you, targets you, and the game is on. You and your friends end up running around the fire pit trying to get away from the smoke. So much for the tranquility.
If you make a few simple changes to the pit, the fire will burn efficiently and smoke will take a back seat to your ringside seat.
This is my go-to technique for creating an efficient and safe wood burning fire pit.