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Old 06-25-2013, 04:34 PM   #491
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Our Gnomes, like us, love campfires. Can't imagine camping without a campfire.
Oh, fer cute! Do the gnomes live in your garden when you're not camping?
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:49 PM   #492
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In the Colorado mountains in winter, you can smell wood smoke everywhere as people burn it in fireplaces and wood stoves. Modern catalytic wood stoves are far better because they re-burn the smoke and eliminate some of the worst aspects of burning wood. But you can still smell the smoke.

We burn wood in a less modern stove. All is cut on our property from deadfall and is very dry and creates less smoke. The alternative is to turn up the heat—that is electric and almost all of the electricity comes from coal burning. That is just as bad or worse than wood smoke. Maybe our wood burning is less dangerous than coal burning; it certainly saves me a lot of money on electricity.

As for recreational wood burning, I rarely can be bothered. When we backpacked, we'd collect wood and have a campfire. It kept up warm and was fascinating to look at. I learned how to build a campfire the right way decades ago. Now that I have a trailer and I'm much older, I'd rather rest.

I have asthma too and smoke is very irritating to my eyes too. The link in post 454 describes the dangers of smoke very accurately. It is easy for me to be unable to decide what is best—I like fires and they are bad for me and most everyone else.

This is a subject that evokes a religious like response in some people. Maybe if I'd camped when I was a kid (my parents thought of such things as only done by barbarians), the memory of campfires would be something I'd try to recreate. I can understand the pull of that. I suspect most of those who find campfires absolutely necessary do a good job of building and maintaining a fire. Unfortunately, some people are fools and inconsiderate.

One more thing—we live in a forest though we have done all the right stuff to keep fires away. It is often extremely dry here. We can go months without rain. From our house I can see the scar of a fire on the side of Grand Mesa—must have been thousands of acres—that occurred 20 some years ago. We have seen at least 3 other fires from our house on Grand Mesa and the West Elk Range in the past 13 years. There was another small one about 3 miles away several years ago. Every year we smell smoke from fires, some far away, some not. When we travel, we wonder about whether we will have a home when we return. There are national and state parks within 10 miles with camping and campfires. We don't feel good about that.

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #493
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...while I don't generally do a campfire I confess to a lot of nostalgia when I smell the smoke. It takes me back to when I was a little kid and I'd be at the lake (in Minnesota everyone says "the lake" even though there are more than 10,000 of them)....staying with them in their Airstream (this was the 50's, folks), and my Uncle Mark would start a fire when it got dark and we'd do marshmallows or S'mores. When I take my 7 year old grandson on his first trip with me, better believe there'll be a campfire...if I'm in a place that allows one, that is.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:25 PM   #494
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Oh, fer cute! Do the gnomes live in your garden when you're not camping?
The gnomes hang around in the front yard at our house. They were a gift from our youngest daughter after we had returned from the coast on our first big trip with the AS. We took them with us on this last trip as kind of joke after she asked if we were going to take them to the Grand Canyon with us. I`ll have to take a picture of them where they are now, it would make you laugh if you saw where they`re at now.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:34 AM   #495
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It is truly a shame that in the 21st Century, we cannot effectively eliminate everything that might irritate another person. We cannot protect our children and everyone else within 10 feet against every foreseeable annoyance (tho we try). We sanitize the air, we sanitize our hands and bodies...and #$@! continues to happen. I will do my level best to avoid irritating anyone.....but if I wanted a campfire-less experience, I would check into the nearest Red Roof Inn. Smell of pine + crackling campfire + distant running of stream + beautiful mountain vistas = BLISS. And one way or the other, I am going to have some BLISS in this filthy un-sanitized world. Peace...
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Sorry BUT what is camping without a camp fire. I have kids and one thing about camping that's almost most important is the camp fire. I'd say if you don't like the smoke stay at a motel.
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Campfires and Airstreaming

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Old 06-26-2013, 07:09 AM   #498
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Pictures say a thousand words

Opps you need the picyures in order to speak, Here they are
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I just wish the winds would blow towards the fire-lovers' camp instead of mine.

But they don't build them when the wind is blowing that way. They will wait.

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Old 06-26-2013, 04:28 PM   #500
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Love your GC photo, Mike! Makes me think a few of those little guys would look cute around our [diminutive] Bambi.

Maybe somebody here remembers when campgrounds started restricting generator use. Perhaps campfires will come to that, with specified hours when they're allowed.
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They`d be the perfect fit for the Bambi. I hope we don`t lose the right to have campfires. The last campground we stayed at our daughter and her husband and the grandkids stayed with us. In the evening we would build a fire and make smores with our roasted marshmellows. Great memories that I hope don`t lose out on.
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I think every campground should be required to install an underground 'down-draft' system, that would remove the smoke from the equation....leaving only the pretty smokeless flames....
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I think every campground should be required to install an underground 'down-draft' system, that would remove the smoke from the equation....leaving only the pretty smokeless flames....
Ha ha - you have to be careful, half of the readers won't know you are kidding.
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