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Old 08-31-2013, 12:20 PM   #29
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im still undecided which one I want....want one for home patio use and for camping...

How much propane do these things eat up? I realize that depends on how high they are set....but just a ballpark...

Im off to dig through amazon and CW reviews and hope this will help me make a final decision
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:57 PM   #30
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im still undecided which one I want....want one for home patio use and for camping...

How much propane do these things eat up? I realize that depends on how high they are set....but just a ballpark...
If you want one for your home, you may want to check a place like Lowes or Home Depot. They have larger and nicely designed propane pits for home use. I probably get 15-20 hours of burn time out of my Fire Dancer on a 20lb propane tank, run wide open at 57,000 BTU's.
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I bought fire dancer after reading reviews for 2 hours

Ill have to consider that about the home patio - thanks
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We bought our propane campfire in 2001 and have done nothing else since. We had the dealer put a propane port on the side of our 27FB and plug into that. The people we travel with have made fun of it and said things like "they would like to have a real fire", but they all own a propane campfire now. The campfire can sit on a carpet and be under the awning, so we can sit around it in rain or snow. Twelve years and still going strong. I bet they all work great and know that you will love it.
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I did some research and you can calculate propane usage based on BTU's. A 20lb tank will produce about 430,270 BTU's (21,514 per pound). So if I run my Fire Dancer wide open at 57,000 BTU's it would take about 7.5 hours to empty the tank. I generally run it with the valve partially open to prolong the propane life.
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That 15 hours of fire you get - what would be ballpark cost in wood - just out of curiosity ?
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I did a thread a few years back--propane fire pits--- but I do not know how to link it here.\ It has beeen working like a charm now that I use a chest high tank to supply the need.
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That 15 hours of fire you get - what would be ballpark cost in wood - just out of curiosity ?
That can vary a lot, pretty much $15-45 if you buy the wood in $5 bundles.

Depends on the people managing the fire and the size of the fire. Some get a good 5 hours out of a bundle, some use 3 bundles and only get 4 hours.
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That 15 hours of fire you get - what would be ballpark cost in wood - just out of curiosity ?
Kinda of like comparing apples to oranges so it's difficult to say. Too many variables such as wood type, flame vs. heat, wood cost, propane cost, etc. A cord of wood can produce anywhere from 10 to 38 million BTU's, depending on species, but that is heat and not flame. So you build a wood fire, the flame dies, but it still produces heat from the coals which is fine if you want heat. If you want light, you add more wood to the fire. The propane is consistent with heat and light. I prefer a wood fire myself, but it's much more work to keep it going. The wood fire keeps me more interested because I can poke at it, and mess with it, and it constantly changes. I regularly cook over a wood fire with my dutch oven, which I really enjoy...can't do that with a propane pit! I always take my Fire Dancer in case I get in a situation where wood fires are not allowed. I love my campfire!

So let's see if I can roughly quantify this, unless you live in California, a couple bundles of wood for a nightly fire...about $10. Half of a tank of propane...about $10.
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I did a thread a few years back--propane fire pits--- but I do not know how to link it here.\ It has beeen working like a charm now that I use a chest high tank to supply the need.
You mean this one? http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427...its-41800.html

This is why he needs a chest-high tank!
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Last week I was camping with my grandkids at a KOA in Leavenworth, WA as a major wildfire was raging only 5 miles away. All wood and charcoal fires were banned but controlled propane fires were ok. So I broke out my propane fire pit (Costco, about $100) and we did S'mores to much delight. I had the only legal fire at the campground. I love wood fires but it is all too common that transporting wood is banned. At the California state line fruit inspection stop I was asked it I was transporting firewood (I was not). The propane fire is nice and it does not have to be run full blast. The lava rock heat up and glow red.
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Great points CA streamer!!!

Also - that pick of the LP fire pit! Holy S&$@t!! Hahaha

I like a wood fire too but I'm also quite lazy

How many folks use propane from AS as opposed to another tank brought along? Guess you would need some sort of adapter mounted to allow this....
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On the newer trailers there is a short propane hose in a bag that will connect to the port on the front of the trailer. I imagine one could get a longer hose built to reach the fire in a can. I think an external source is easier to manage. In the bed of the pickup, I carry both a 20 & a 30 pound spare propane tanks along with the gasoline for the generator sets.

That is one reason why I have the 3/4 ton pickup is the extra weight carrying capacity for "accessories".
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OK , times have changed, gotta move on. Campfire in a can bet it works for many situations. But sometimes ya gotta have WOOD. This was last night, my backyard a few neighbors came over. It's a hollow log and then to make the flame thrower effect I added a bunch of pine cones and poof. Sure cant do that everywhere.
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