You always need to have a permit before making an open fire. A camping cooker is not an open fire you can use whenever you want. If you make a campfire on an unmarked spot you need to get a permit from the land owner. If you want to build a quick campfire you need matches, some medium size sticks, fine needles, and large logs. Some good things to use are dry pine needles. Be sure to have the wood brittle and dry.A word campers might use is kindling wich means easly dry wood or bits of dry wood used for starting a fire. And that's how to make an efficient fire. You will need 4 dry logs, and some medium size sticks. And you could dig a 3 by 2 foot pit. A good way to light a fire is to use newspaper but it will burn longer with tight balls. The way the fire burns depends on the way you stack the wood. You could make a tent shaped fire with the logs on the outside. Its important that you check and see if its a no hazard zone before making a fire.When you make a campfire you need to take a lot a care doing it.