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Old 06-21-2013, 08:40 AM   #463
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I would rather pass from this life with my feet propped up in front of a nice campfire, than to spend a single minute breathing 'clean' sanitized air from a hospital or nursing home bed. To me, a 'nice' campfire excites all the senses...the warm glow, the heat, the smell, the crackling of the wood, the camp coffee pot, bacon.... That being said, there is nothing worse than a snizzling, fizzling, wet, smokey campfire.

Perhaps parks and campgrounds should incorporate non-campfire areas, to accommodate those who need to avoid them. As for me, I wouldn't camp anywhere that did not allow a campfire.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:05 AM   #464
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Maybe they should make you have a license to build a camp fire in order to have a proper fire.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:04 PM   #465
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A license for a campfire...don't give government any ideas. As for hating campfires, the black flies of the Adirondacks hate em so I automatically love them. Nice and smokey. It takes years to learn how to build a nice smokey fire that last all day. Camp remotely and no one is bothered. If I camp in a campground I usually don't bother.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #466
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Tom..I work within healthcare...and the science the describes what constitutes smoke from most any burned wood and it's health effects is a tad hair raising to be frank.

The particulate that is created when burning wood is extremely fine in size...resists gravity...sets in the air column for severely long time periods, will effortlessesly pass into homes and into campers...chemicals in wood fire can be teratogenic, carcinogenic, allergenic, etc.

I have a sense of romanticism about a glowing camp fire...I suspect that I will continue to enjoy the occassional campfire....

But when I look down at my small children, I honestly begin to ask myself why I will not just burn gas...? Of course that would not be the same...I have such nostalgia about campfires...it is painful for me to integrate my feelings on this matter to be honest...part of me says "awww screw it enjoy life"..the other part is like "be a good parent, protect your children from unnecessary cancer/lung disease risks and enjoy healthy living".

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Old 06-21-2013, 01:32 PM   #467
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I fear burning garbage more than anything, and in many rural areas, folks still routinely burn their trash (plastic, rubber, you name it.)

But back on the topic of wood fires, I know that the EPA routinely monitors particulate pollution in many urban areas. In Sacratomato, the county has regular bans of wood fireplace use in the winter months, primarily because of the SMOG it creates.

Now I am not against fires in general, I am a former Forester and routinely espouse the benefits of wood products, the forest industry, and even biomass fuel production. But there is a limit and a margin of safety that should be observed when dealing with combustibles in a populated setting, so count me in on those who resent someone else polluting my air.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #468
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Just to set the record straight, is there anybody on this board who prefers to sit downwind from their campfire? Then why do you ignore the fact that other campers may be situated so?
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #469
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Mini-rant about biofuel which is totally off topic... Many pulp mills have been using waste wood to power their plants for years and most are very clean. They are regulated and require scrubbers.

Now the rant: Wood is a renewable resource. It is solar energy derived and carbon neutral (trees capture carbon from the atmosphere). All fossil fuels, including NatGas, release formerly trapped carbon in the form of CO2. Deny global warming if you want to, but I'd rather err on the safe side.

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Old 06-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #470
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I don't think anybody wants to breathe lousy air, from whatever source. (Such as urban air pollution or a poorly ventilated home.) The solution is simply to sit upwind from the fire (unless of course, you're in the Adirondacks during black fly season!)

Slob campers are slob campers. But I wonder how many of us have ever asked a neighbouring camper to "turn down" their fire, just as we might ask them to turn down load music. Anybody but the most aggressive campers should be sensitive upon learning that their neighbour is asthmatic.

I've loved "primitive" camping all my life-- but recently I've wondered whether I wouldn't be happier just staying home. Camping has changed from the back-to-nature experience of my youth into just another type of urban experience. Monster motor homes and 5th wheels (AS's excepted!) are really just cabins (cottages) on wheels. They block the views, create their own noise (generators) and demand huge swaths of level pavement. We've been camping in spectacular National Parks-- only to find ourselves in Slab City surrounded by massive RVs whose owners couldn't survive a mile from their RV if their lives depend upon it.

And this truly is a good reason to teach children to build a proper campfire. If we do go camping (aka 'streamin') in the woods or deserts, we probably should know a few survival basics. Such as how to keep warm and boil water with a decent wood fire in the event of a worst-case scenario.

I feel sorry for kids who never learn to toast marshmellows or grill hot dogs on a stick; kids who never get to sit up late and tell ghost stories around the campfire, or kids who never learned safe and useful ways to handle matches.

I'm glad that I did learn these things before they got regulated into a more urban un-camping experience.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:30 PM   #471
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If theres a safe fire-pit at a public CG I have no problem with lighting up.


If you don't enjoy campfires, why not try the PC RV resorts.


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Hey Bob, Is that Piseco? Looks like the Adk.

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I love camp fires! Maybe I am a bit of a pyromaniac. That is one the fun aspects of camping. I also am a terrible allergy/sinus sufferer, but I will generally suffer anyway, with or without a camp fire. If you hate camp fires maybe you should reconsider the RV lifestyle...
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I love the reflection of the fire in the airstream.

Note the tee-pee placement of the wood :-)

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And the fire is dying down ... :-(
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While the tacky but fun lights strung on the zip dee keep on shining :-)
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