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Old 03-31-2013, 12:51 PM   #253
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I love a good campfire. I must say though ive had some bad ones. Doing as told by the campground, i put water on my fire pit before going to bed. The next night, steam generator. Im sure there were some people going WTF. The best way to avoid campfires, families with children cooking marshmallows and smors, groups gathering for the evening for fellowship and fun, is to camp in your driveway, or a large paved rv park that has no fires allowed.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:05 PM   #254
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:00 PM   #255
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Maybe the campgrounds should be divided into, smoking/non smoking, fires/no fires, gensets/no gensets, children/no children, pet/ no pets/ real people/ those that should have stayed home.

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:01 PM   #256
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Generally pro fire but we had a bad experience last time

Fires generally don't get me up on a bandwagon either pro or against but our last camping experience was not fun. We were downwind from a couple (think the guy did the fire thing) who started a big roaring fire daily around noon with mostly no one sitting by it. They burned things (mostly wood) that smoked badly. We had to close our windows, door and fans/vents to keep the smoke out of our trailer. We should have moved to another spot right away but when we checked with the park management, we were told they were leaving in the morning but they stayed the whole week we were there....about mid-week the guy upended the heavy picnic table at the woman at about 10 pm. That manuver sort of creased the fir pit in half....so we had a brief respite from smoke until they managed to straighten out their fire pit....oh, the joys of camping.....
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:07 PM   #257
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Only once did someone complain about smoke...
Well we never complain, because they are allowed to have the fires. But we don't go back to where we've been annoyed.

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It's gotten to the point where old-fashioned camping has virtually disappeared.
Right. To me, RVing is not camping. Camping is when I'm in a tent carrying what I need on my back. Taking 5,000 lbs. of stuff along is not camping. A campground is a city to me. We don't have neighbors we can see at home, only when we are in a campground. "Look! There are kids riding bicycles on the road!"

That's why cities have rules to protect everybody's rights, like campground rules. A "no fires" section would be welcomed, just as "no generator" sections exist.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:41 PM   #258
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I don't hate campfires. I DO especially DISLIKE inconsiderate people. Making a fire where it wafts into a nearby space is unacceptable, discourteous and likely to receive a fire extinguisher test.
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Old 03-31-2013, 05:58 PM   #259
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I don't hate campfires. I DO especially DISLIKE inconsiderate people. Making a fire where it wafts into a nearby space is unacceptable, discourteous and likely to receive a fire extinguisher test.
There are more 'bad campfire builders' than 'bad campfires'...

Our last outing, the neighbor built a fire 14' from the front of his camper...10' from our bedroom window...oh, and the wind was blowing toward our camper. I almost asked them to place their chairs between the fire and our camper...if they couldn't stand the smoke, neither could we.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:07 PM   #260
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Funny, but in all the years I've been camping, I've never been bothered by anyone's campfire except once, when the wind changed direction, smoke from my own fire blew into my camper and set off the smoke alarm, which of course, took a few minutes to silence in our panic and embarrassment! But really, sitting around a small, well-burning fire under the stars with good friends, good conversation, and some strawberry marshmallows is one of the great pleasures of the camping experience.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:08 PM   #261
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Hate, hate, hate campfires. The smoke gets in my hair, clothes and camper.

We have a propane fire pit (homemade) at home and we use it a lot, but it burns clean and we don't stink up the house or neighbors.

Plus, most people can't build a campfire or do so, no matter what the weather or wind conditions. Dangerous at best.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:22 PM   #262
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A 'no campfire' section would be nice. I'm a severe asthmatic. But I guess you can't have everything. ANd I certainly can't deprive my child of the campfire stories and experience.
I'll just sit back and huff on my inhaler.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:37 PM   #263
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Even though I am severelly allergic to smoke I enjoy a nice real campfire that is NOT smoky. Unfortunately many are just smoke! One guy next to us a year ago built a smoke fire blowing our way. I nicely asked him to do something about it, he got rude, told me he has rights, told me to go inside and turn on the air! I reported him to a ranger, but he was totallly unhelpful.
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I don't hate camp fires.... just stupid, inconsiderate people.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:15 PM   #265
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:46 PM   #266
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I don't hate camp fires.... just stupid, inconsiderate people.
Ditto, unfortunately there seems to be more of "them" then "us" sometimes.
Bad campfire builders, barking dogs and screaming kids are my pet peeves. Oí I almost forgot stinking noisy diesel trucks running for long period of time for what ever reason. Face it - Common sense is not so common.
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