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Old 06-23-2009, 02:04 PM   #29
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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
Is that true? Naw... my friend is a firefighter - showed me how quickly palmetto's will burn by placing them on a bon-fire. They lit up fast - and were gone. Good news though - not much smoke.

I recently saw a posting for firewood on craigslist. It was advertised as good for a Bombfire (and I didn't get the impression it was a joke).
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #30
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Campfires YES!!! Burning trash in the campfire NO!! I hate people who use the fire ring as a trash pit. I love a good well made wood smokeless campfire and I pride myself in making them. Mongo like sitting around it on a chilly evening, eating beans, and farting.

When I can't have a wood fire, I take out the trusty Firedancer propane pit which is OK as a substitute but not the same. If there are no fires allowed, then I guess I can run the fire video loop on my laptop or TV and use my handwarmer
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #31
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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.

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Pine cones make wonderful firestarters, also dried palm fronds if you are in a place like Edisto Beach SP. They burn like tissue paper, kind of bring out the pyro in a person.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:18 PM   #32
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Camp fires

My wife and I love camp fires. It's part of the camping experience. Usually when we have a roaring fire we get company. We always have extra chairs set up for visitors and that's one of the pleasures of RV'ing.

If camp fires bother you so much than you should stay overnight at a commercial RV park.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:32 PM   #33
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Campfires when there's a chill in the air? Yes.

When it's 90 degrees in the shade? No way.

What cracks me up are the folks who build a bonfire then sit fifty yards away. Morons.

But on a practical note, here's something to remember… Packing firewood from one area to another can transport wood-boring insects. In fact, it may be illegal, depending on where you are.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:41 PM   #34
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We use to cook on the campfire everyday. Dutch Oven, grill grid, baked potatos in the coals.
Maybe they should have the equivalent of a homeowners assoc. for campgrounds.
Lots of you can't do that rules.

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:26 PM   #35
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Great topic!, close to my heart... err, lungs. I hate breathing smoke. Seems unhealthy, not good for the body. They banned smoking in public places here in Florida because of the health hazard. Fresh, pure, unpolluted air is hard enough to find as it is, and that is one reason why I leave the city. That being said, it is fascinating to watch a good campfire and food cooked in the coals tastes great. Fires were a big part of our ancestry. But I think the world has changed. Maybe each campground could have one central fire, would promote a lot of camaraderie. Self extinguishing at midnight.Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer. I do like the propane fires.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:22 PM   #36
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It's easy for people in a comfortable Airstream to say they don't like fires for various reasons. If it gets cold, we can crawl into the comfort of the trailer. If we get hungry, we can whip something up on the stovetop.

If we were camping in a tent and relying on the fire for heat and to cook your food, we might feel differently. I spent a lot of time in a tent in my younger years, and the campfire was not just for ambiance, but was a necessary tool for heat, light, and cooking and besides, it helps to keep the bears away.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:28 PM   #37
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I like Duraflame logs. We get the fire, the light, the charm, but NO SMOKE.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:06 PM   #38
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It's easy for people in a comfortable Airstream to say they don't like fires for various reasons. If it gets cold, we can crawl into the comfort of the trailer. If we get hungry, we can whip something up on the stovetop.

If we were camping in a tent and relying on the fire for heat and to cook your food, we might feel differently. I spent a lot of time in a tent in my younger years, and the campfire was not just for ambiance, but was a necessary tool for heat, light, and cooking and besides, it helps to keep the bears away.
Steve hit the nail on the head here. Good post.

I like a campfire when it's cool outside. I much prefer to be outside than in, if I have a choice.

Besides, the smoke smells like overtime...
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One of the main reasons I don't camp at Wal-Marts anymore...they keep demanding that I put out the campfire.
Its just not camping without one.

10-4 on the NASCAR races,
I live about 2 miles from the big one in Alabama, each morning the week before race, is a nice smoky smell in the air.
About 11am you can tell the drunks are waking up, as you can then smell bacon.
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These are GREAT, no smoke here.......Campfire In A Can | Portable fire pits | Propane fire pits | Portable camp grill - Home
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What a bunch a wimps

Nothing better than 0600, sun coming up over the hills, a cup of fresh strong coffee, and the view of lingering camp fire smoke over the Llano Estacado from the mesquite fire last night and the wonderful smell of that smoke.
Canned fire, propane camp cooking, firelogs, electric false fire.....give me a break!! Then again....I have never camped in a KOA in NEW YORK CITY....(if you know what I mean.)
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We like camp fires ... and will have one or two times while we are out if we can and it's cool enough... but we are not fanatics about having one ... We've camped both in places that don't allow ground fires and those that do. In our part of the country there are often burn bans, too. We take our own good wood if we plan to have a fire ... seasoned cedar ... just like we use in our wood burning fireplace in our house ... and it smells great. We don't enjoy a fire that smells like a garbage burn or old oil-soaked railroad ties.
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