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Old 06-24-2009, 05:34 PM   #57
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We love a good campfire. I don't love rounding up the firewood anymore. A Rally isn't complete without a good campfire. Last October we had a NorCal Rally at Jackson Rancheria in Jackson California. This casino RV park is upscale and does not allow open campfires. BUT they do allow propane grills. Doorgunner, is always on the lookout to 'create' new ways to accomplish old favorites and built a 3 tier, 36" dia. propane firepit. What great fun. There were 5 of us early rally goers hundled around (chilly night) doorgunner's firepit. Lot's of BTUs. The casino fire truck showed up 'cause they had a report of 'a bonfire' in the Airstream area. They loved it and stayed chatting with us for a half an hour. I am going to make my own fire pit from perhaps a small Webber. Many campgrounds are begining to ban ember campfires because of the increased fire danger. Emberless is usually accepted.

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Old 06-24-2009, 06:40 PM   #58
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As a rabid boondocker, nope, I love 'em. Dog lovers say everything is better with fur, well, camping is better with campfires...smoke or not. To each their own though. I can understand how a camping neighbor could in fact smoke out the campground...I've seen it a few times....but being a somewhat urban dweller, to me, smoke is just part of the camping experience.

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Old 06-24-2009, 07:26 PM   #59
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When we used to tent camp in the Colorado mountains, we always had a fire—for cooking, drying out wet gear if it rained, and for warmth. And, at least as importantly, for staring into for hours.

In the winter, in many Colorado mountain towns the smell of wood smoke is in the air and makes me feel good.

But we don't bother with a fire now that we've come over to the other, RV side. But I like it when a neighbor does have a fire in a campground with some space between sites. I know the smoke is bad for us, but so what. Fire good.

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Old 06-24-2009, 08:32 PM   #60
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I am in the "It's not camping without a fire"

Like one of the earlier posts -- sitting my the fire at night with a drink, talking or telling a story makes the evening. We also like camping at State campgrounds because of the additional space -- we don't need the hookups, and the state parks usually have better access to hiking trails, lakes -- nature in general.

Sounds like the political correct crowd is moving into the campground -- no secondhand smoke allowed. For those of you -- try the the Walmart Parking lot.

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Old 06-24-2009, 09:31 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by tkowalyk View Post
Sounds like the political correct crowd is moving into the campground -- no secondhand smoke allowed. For those of you -- try the the Walmart Parking lot.


I thought that's what KOA's were for.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:52 PM   #62
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Count me in as one who loves a campfire in the evening, sipping a drink, telling tall tales and solving the world's problems over a toasted marshmallow........and then there is the morning campfire, waking up with coffee before starting the day. And the noon campfire, cooking hot dogs and making squaw bread, and potatoes roasting in the coals....ok I confess, I was a Girl Scout leader in a former life. I love the smell of wood smoke, and I make a fire in my fire pit at home every chance I get.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:00 PM   #63
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Put me in the crowd of those who loves campfires. I mostly boondock so I enjoy that aspect of camping. Smores and weinies on a campfire!!! Yummmm!!
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:11 PM   #64
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Love the heat hate the smoke. I have asthma too. So I try to say downwind a lot...
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:37 PM   #65
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Put the smoke issue aside....

Consider the psycological aspects of being gathered around a campfire.

It brings us closer to a more primitive social setting. I think a campfire
enhances interaction. Don't know why, but it sure seems to.

P.S. Not good to cook with duroflame
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:11 AM   #66
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Squarely on both sides of the fence

I hate campfires -- the smoldering ones, that last from my neighbor's checkin to checkout. Smoke lingers and hangs and drifts in every direction, but especially into our open windows and roof vent. Even the airconditioner brings in the smokey smell.
Yes, I have a particular past experience in mind -- a private park in Chattanooga, TN. It rained on Friday night, their firewood was evidently uncovered. Then, Saturday morning the hissing and smoke began, not a bright flame in sight. By early afternoon Saturday, my eyes were stinging and watering even when inside. The campfire ring was usually deserted but smoldered on. Noticed some activity, approached and asked if they'd noticed that the smoke was excessive and drifting right over my trailer. Would they try to get a fire going so there was less smoke? "WE ALWAYS HAVE A FIRE, THIS IS WHY WE CAMP". Well, OK. I slink away, try to ignore the glares, and wait impatiently for checkout time.

On the other hand, a good flaming campfire in the evening, encircled with family and old and new friends cannot be beat.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:28 AM   #67
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The only time I really have a problem with it is when someone throws in one of those copper tubes stuffed with God knows what to get colors. They are pretty but - I am scared to death to know what metals and plastic are being inhaled into our systems.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:09 AM   #68
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Smoked out on last trip

On our trip last weekend, the temps were in the 80s and we had 3 campfires going around us the entire weekend. The guy across from us sat and looked
at his fire all day long. No camaraderie, no cookng smores, just lots of smoke.

Can't wait until the drought comes back and they ban outdoor fires again.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:26 AM   #69
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As long as there's not more smoke than fire. I really don't like encountering a "campsmoke". We were next door to one that was so bad, the smoke alarm in the trailer kept going off--with the windows closed.
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Originally Posted by mandolindave View Post
consider the psycological aspects of being gathered around a campfire.

It brings us closer to a more primitive social setting. I think a campfire
enhances interaction. Don't know why, but it sure seems to.

P.s. Not good to cook with duroflame

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