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Old 06-23-2009, 09:45 AM   #15
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We are in the group of not liking a fire while camping. I like the places where ground fires are not allowed. What kills me is when the campground does not have a ring the people next to us will build one in the grill!

It takes forever to get the smell out of the AS and even longer out of my shirt! Hey I quit smoking so I would quit smelling like something burning.


But with that said, fires should be allowed in a proper ring but I do like the spot in the campground that is no fires area idea.
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:57 AM   #16
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In my travels I have found that most campgrounds allow wood campfires but most RV Parks do not. I live in a Canadian National Park and both types are offered locally here.

Maybe the key is to get a solid list of campfire-free RV Parks and plan from there. I love a good campfire, but would also support a loop or two of campfire-free sites. The question for the campground operator is would these sites have an occupancy rate lower than the ones WITH fire receptacles. If so, it's unlikely to be a popular conversion.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:28 AM   #17
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I love campfires but hate what folks burn in them. The smell of burning plastic is nauseating. We travel with a firedancer (propane fire) for early morning, fast fires.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:31 AM   #18
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What I never understood is why anyone would want to have a blazing campfire on an 85 degree evening of heat/humidity. Get a big poster made of a campfire at a one hour photo place and hang it on a tree and just watch that.

A nice campfire is great on a cool AM or in the evening.

A campfire won't smoke to badly if you: use dry seasoned wood. Don't throw yesterdays bacon grease in the fire ring. Don't burn tires, furniture, toys, bottles, spent propane bottles, or your mother-in-law. Slow roasting a raccoon also not advisable. (yes we've seen that! Well maybe not the mother-in-law part) Use natural starter for fire i.e. dry newspaper, dry pine cones make great starters, or in a pinch Weber Charcoal starters the little wax cubes.

And for the benefit of the park keep the fire within reason. It's a little disconcerting to see someone with a fire reaching 20 feet.

Along with packing everything else, don't forget to leave a little space for common sense.

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Old 06-23-2009, 10:40 AM   #19
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There is a good trick to get rid of the smoking fire... Get one of your paper (not plastic cups) Got to be environmentally friendly here. Fill it up with white gas or unleaded premium gas (got to be environmentally friendly) regular unleaded has to many impurities.

Stand back a Good five feet and throw the cup on the fire. Now be sure not to spill it as you throw or you may end up with no leg hair...

The resulting inferno will deplete the smoke and increase the flame.

Repeat as necessary....

Saftey caution...... Keep kids in trialer while doing this.. But make sure they can look out the window as the park ranger comes to yell at you. not sure why he would that though....
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:58 AM   #20
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Each to their own, I guess, as long as you act responsibly with your fire. What I hate is when someone builds a honking big blaze in the middle of the afternoon and then decides to take a nap in their tent for the next 2 hours, walk their dog or go fishing leaving it totally unattended. Inevitably, that will earn you a bucket of water and a sopping pile of wet wood if my wife or I are around.

For me, I find a fire isn't necessary to have a great camping experience at all. Most of the camping we've done prior to owning an airstream was done out of a backpack, and I'd rather carry an extra sweater and touque than a heavy axe any day!
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Stand back a Good five feet and throw the cup on the fire.
Right after you say "Hold my beer and watch this!".
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:17 AM   #22
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Does anyone else hate campfires?

No But I agree a good campfire shouldn't smoke for very long at all..good dry wood is what U need. Some pits are so deep that the fire can't get enough oxygen to do any thing but smolder.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:18 AM   #23
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But what about a flaming marshmallow on a stick. Now dont' go cutting sticks off of bushes that would be wrong. I got my kids these cool roaster that extend and have a crank on the handle to rotate them as they cook.. You can even burn hotdogs on them..

Now last fall when we borrowed our friends AS. One of my marshmallows caught fire. I wiggle the stick. to put it out..

So my daughter thought she would try it, but wasn't as gentle. It ended up on the side of our friends AS...

Yes one sticky mess

Now that could have easily have been the guy next door. (sometimes that could be a good thing)

So make your smore's responsably... and making them over the BBQ is not the same thing. I know,,, Two whiny kids prove the point...

I do agree, you dont' need a big fire, and make sure the wood is dry..

Now I have done lots of backpacking and was a mountaineer guide. We didn't have camp fires to often. But we did at the beach, and it was no camp fire it was a signal fire. They were fun, but then no one else was around.


I'm for them but consider your neigbors as always.....
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:20 AM   #24
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Right after you say "Hold my beer and watch this!".

As you step on all the empties on your way to the fire
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:26 AM   #25
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Some pits are so deep that the fire can't get enough oxygen to do any thing but smolder.
Thats when you start blowing on it and then still can't get it going and hyperventilate. Just don't pass out on the smoking fire.

Or sometimes it catches and you lose your eyebrows.

either way you neighbors will not think much of you..

Thats why you need the white gas...
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #26
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Like the Fire and Camraderie... Hate the Smoke!

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Shucks, they came up with smokeless tobacco, so why not smokeless fires?

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My wife and I certainly enjoy sitting around a campfire. Whether it's as a couple or visiting with a group. Some of the fun of camping is a campfire.

However, we don't enjoy the smoke. Neither of us is allergic but it makes our eyes sting and our clothes stink. Once the clothes are in the trailer everything stinks.

Our solution is a Yukon Legend fire pit. It makes a nice size fire and you can roast marshmallows and cook a hot dog. It comes with a grate that allows you to use a frying pan. All that and the convenience of on/off propane. Not need to spend time making a fire and no need to quench hot coals. I know, I know... that's blasphemy for a purist.

I took it to the Nth degree and fabricated a T adapter and a 50ft hose so I simply connect to the main propane tanks on the trailer. No need to carry around a 20 lb bottle.

Some campgrounds don't allow campfires but Yukon Legend (and similar products) are considered gas grills so you can use them almost anywhere.

The Yukon Legend propane campfire / portable fire pit - Campfires and Fire Pits .com

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Old 06-23-2009, 01:48 PM   #27
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I agree with the original post. The last time we went to a State Park our trailer smelled like smoke for several days. NOT pleasant.

My Mom & Dad bought their 1st. Airstream in 1955 to TRAVEL, not to camp. They called themselves boulevard campers. In fact, Wally Byam promoted caravans and rallies rather than camping. That is what set him and Airstream apart from the hundreds of other travel trailers out there. The canned hams and boxes were for camping, but Airstreams were for traveling.

That is what makes Airstream special. It is not just that it tows better, but that Wally created a mystic about these trailers that attracted a more "sophisticated" clientele.

We did sometimes have campfires while caravanning, but it was in the center of the wagon wheel, and far away from the trailers.

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I`m with the campfire crowd,sit around,drink a few cool ones,and tell lies.But if your camping in Fl.,palm trees don`t burn. Dave
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