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Old 07-22-2015, 03:25 PM   #1
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Campfires--yes or no?

Gotta admit it---we LOVE having a campfire. We're the first to admit that there are some rules and guidelines that need to be followed....like keeping water handy, not leaving it unattended, burn small and hot to decrease the smoke etc.

So many places don't want foreign wood, which I fully understand. We either buy from the local area/campground or else bring those compressed logs with us.

But alot of places aren't allowing campfires. Not only in times of firebans and drought.
Some private campgrounds place sites so close together there isn't room for a fire ring.

Most times, if we are able, we have a small fire in the evening for our own enjoyment...plus, it's a great way to meet people.

What do you do? Anyone tried the propane fires that are sold?
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:58 PM   #2
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Can you send s a link to an example of the "Propane Fires" you are asking abut. I am a littler lost, unless you are talking about patio "Fire Pits"
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I know they are popular with some people, Theresa. I have sat around a few of them. They do not have the same character a real fire has, nor do they kick out the heat that coals do. Another thing for me, is I would much rather have cool ol' campfire smoke in my face, than the smell of burnt propane.

But, if someone had one where fires were not allowed, and invited me to sit and have a cocktail with them, I most certainly would be in for it.
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In our area most campgrounds require you to buy wood on site or show that the wood your
bringing into the campgrounds is state certified. When firewood certification became law ,the price of a bundle of firewood went up and the size of the bundle went down . It can easily cost $25 for a 3 to 4 hour wood campfire. We too are looking into a propane log setup . Not the same ambiance as a wood fire but more cost effective . Plus no issues with smoke
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I have had one for about 4 years now - a small Fire Dancer. takes up very little room, weighs little - lid that screws on to it for packing away. I have been allowed to use it at times when there has been a camp fire ban and other times not.

I have found in cool weather it works well under the awning and does generate some heat. I have a pop up for really bad weather with sides and it works well inside of that to warm things up & keep yourself out of the rain - you can't have a real fire under a pop up or awning like that. Its cheap to use compared to paying $6 for a small bundle of fire wood at a state park. I have a small 10lb tank I use for it and my outdoor stove.

As Jim says it doesnt bet a real fire though - but in the event your camping in the pouring down rain or if you only want to sit outside for a hour of so it an easy start up and shut down and provides an ambiance may not otherwise have.

If I had the storage room I would go for the large one that Costco sells though.
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but in the event your camping in the pouring down rain......
...... use a big ass tarp!

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My take on campfires. A number of years ago, in our backpaking stage, campfires were prohibited in some areas because of a lack of fuel. We quickly learned that a campfire was not a necessity, in it was not even desirable. Here's I learned, A campfire is a light that draws your attention to it. You stare at the campfire all evening. Thus destroying you night vision. Without the campfire there are more stars in the sky, more critters to be seen, and more bears that turn into stumps.

Even today many of the places we camp there are no campfires allowed. Death Valley's Sun Set campground comes to mind.
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Is this the one? http://www.amazon.com/Convert---Ball...rds=firedancer
Looks like great fun-- especially for those one night stops, where you'd really like a little ambiance for a short time.
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Is this the one? http://www.amazon.com/Convert---Ball...rds=firedancer
Looks like great fun-- especially for those one night stops, where you'd really like a little ambiance for a short time.

I don't know where your "one night stops" are but mine even that would not be allowed. Rest Areas, WalMart, Truck Stops would frown on that if not kick you out for using it.
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Around here, having a campfire while camping, backcountry or not, has never been an issue, fire bans aside. It has always been something we have done. I would venture to say I have spent over a thousand evenings sitting by one. A fire has a life to it, and is a great focal point for sitting around, chatting over cocktails, playing guitars and singing, or just plain warming up by on a cold night.

All you have to do is step back a short ways from the campfire, lay back, and marvel at the millions of stars in the Milky Way. We have done this many hundreds of times.

Seeing campgrounds that don't allow fires is a fairly new thing to me. I fully understand the reasoning in many cases. I just find it strange. This is where those propane fire pits might be handy, I just could not bring myself to lug one around. Last year at a music festival, in the campground we made a symbolic fire using one of those LED lights on a stick markers, and spread red flag tape around it to resemble flames. Then about a dozen of us sat around chatting.
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thanks, everyone! the one propane unit i've heard about is called little red campfire...or something like that.

A few years ago, while staying in Gamble Rogers Rec'n Area near Flagler Beach, Florida, we were strolling the campground and saw our first propane unit. It was actually quite large and was hooked up to a 20 lb tank. There were 8 people sitting around that fire and seemed to be enjoying it just fine.

Agreed---it certainly doesn't provide the ambiance of a "real" fire....but cost-wise, I'm sure it cannot be matched. Firewood is expensive.

A number of years ago in Myrtle Beach, campfire wood was really expensive (I don't know why--but it's not so dear anymore). We were heading to the local Walmart for groceries and noticed a new home build. There were scraps of wood everywhere and when we pulled in, asked the workers for the foreman and inquired as to whether we might have some of the scraps, he told us to take as many as we wanted. We loaded up the car with 2 x 4 pieces. Sure, it was soft wood and spit a bit, but the price couldn't be beat!
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Seeing campgrounds that don't allow fires is a fairly new thing to me. I fully understand the reasoning in many cases. I just find it strange. This is where those propane fire pits might be handy, I just could not bring myself to lug one around. Last year at a music festival, in the campground we made a symbolic fire using one of those LED lights on a stick markers, and spread red flag tape around it to resemble flames. Then about a dozen of us sat around chatting.
LOL I attended a 4 day music fest at the Columbia Gorge in Washington and they did let us use our propane fire pits (as long as they were not sitting on dry grass) but no wood fires - but all we had to do was look across the river to see a REALLY big wild one that also provided us with that campfire smell we needed.

Its pretty common here in southern BC to have a campfire ban for at least part of the summer camping season but normally they will let you use propane fire pits - unless the fire hazard rating is at extreme as it has been for a better part of this summer and which case they will/have outlawed the use of propane fire pits as well in most areas of the province.
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This year at the same music festival, in Salmon Arm, we are going to raise the bar with our campfire, and add a small fan to move the flagging tape about, better symbolizing a true fire.
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I Googled Fire Dancer and I got a link to some "Fire Dancers" guaranteed to light up any party. But I also found this listing for Fire Dancer and also Little Red Fire Pit. But they are a bit $$$$$:


http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_7kg78y5x4m_b
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