Originally Posted by Scott S.
I know there are places where these are really nice... but it just seems like a waste of natural resources to me. I'd rather have a real campfire if I have one at all.
That's what I was thinking, too, Scott, but I guess a lot of people must camp where you have to buy wood (which could be green and not burnable, that's happened to us) and or where it is otherwise a big hassle.
We usually camp in non-campgrounds -- wilderness areas we know really close to home or on the way. We bring some seasoned wood in the truck, and pick up kindling by the armload right near the Boler
, and use a bit of paper or some parafin firestarter, and volia! Instant fire. Kid was taught how to do a one-match fire age 7 or so.
But we are talking about places where big rocks are close by, along the river or shore, for the fire ring, and loads of dried kindling and chunks of cedar are handy to make a fire.
I guess not everyone has a gravel road to nowhere, but you still want to sit around a flame and watch the fire dance and talk.