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Old 04-12-2010, 10:01 PM   #85
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We like a real campfire, but when we can't have one due to fire restrictions, we just got a fire dancer. So now we will have a choice. What is camping without a campfire?????
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:50 PM   #86
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I am with the campfire LOVERS; have to have one every camping trip. Even have a place set out back on our property behind the house for one. Nothing better than sitting by a fire with friend and family enjoying a good time.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:37 PM   #88
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I don't know if this has alredy been said; "whiteman build big fire and sit back, indian build small fire and sit close"
I cary a portable fire ring with me when camping. It serves two purposes, we cook almost ALL meals over the open fire, it be on the grill or the Dutch Oven. We also use the fire as a form of relaxation after a day of activities ie biking, hiking fishing or visiting.
We try to control the fire so that it isn't obnoxious (sp) to others. We also invite others to join us so one fire satisfies them too. Less fires that way.
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I don't know if this has alredy been said; "whiteman build big fire and sit back, indian build small fire and sit close"
I cary a portable fire ring with me when camping. It serves two purposes, we cook almost ALL meals over the open fire, it be on the grill or the Dutch Oven. We also use the fire as a form of relaxation after a day of activities ie biking, hiking fishing or visiting.
We try to control the fire so that it isn't obnoxious (sp) to others. We also invite others to join us so one fire satisfies them too. Less fires that way.
do you haved any pics of the one that you bring along? We are starting to DO cook and may want to carry something that has dual purpose.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:45 PM   #90
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I may be in for a lynching here, but Sam and I hate camp fires.

It seems that state campgrounds have more of them, in our experience. We prefer state campgrounds for everything about them except the fact that every site has to build a fire. I know it's part of the camping thing for families, but frequently there is a blanket of smoke over the whole place every night. It's so thick it irritates your throat and you carry the smell with you for ever. We end up closing all the windows in an attempt to keep some of the smoke out of the trailer so we can sleep.

Most campgrounds have more than one "loop" or section of camp sites. So we thought why don't they make one section a no campfire zone? Unless we are the only ones......
Unfortunately the smoke problem will get alot worst with the no bring your own wood rules at state parks. They will sell you not dry softwood which smokes bad even if you know what your are doing. A well built fire with real dry hard wood of the appropriate size smoke very little. Weather effects it also. It's mostly one of those stupid people problems. Find a campground on top of a hill and camp on the prevailing wind side. Should be better. We have a small propane campfire we sometimes use if the weather or wood's a problem. I like it because it contributes to climate change, which I am in favor of for New England.
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There are a lot of experiences being shared that are basically "bad neighbor" stories. You could replace the campfire with loud music, drunken shouting matches, screaming kids, running toys into your vehicles, or barking dogs. Critiquing drinking, kids and dogs is harder here than campfires though.

On our last trip someone had their car alarm going off for probably a total 4 hours, 10-20 minutes at a time, over 3 days. After the first day of this, several people in the park would just hit the panic button on their own car alarm key fob to honk back. I'm sure he had lots of suggestions for various ways to fix it! But the honking continued.

Same trip, someone had a storage compartment door that sounded like nails on a chalk board run through a loud speaker (unbelievably loud for some reason). They would open this thing every hour, real slow. I had my can of dry lube spray out on the picnic table, but he wasn't even near us and I never could figure out who it was to offer to quite the squeak. Too be honest, I might have not asked for permission and just put a good long spray right down the hinge when they were out.

I'm told even the garbage trucks and street sweepers are inconsiderate to the parking lot boondockers. Who makes that kind of noise at 3am? Jerks.
I think you need to try some different campgrounds.
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The RV park where we spend the summer has one community campfire in front of the park's office/store. It's far enough from all of the the individual campsites that smoke on your own site is never a problem.

For me, it's the best of all worlds. The park's owners supply all the wood, and chairs (unless you want to use your own). Like any campfire, there is naturally smoke, but you can always move your chair around the fire to get away from the smoke if you wish(I do!), or move closer or farther from the fire.

Weather permitting, the fire starts every night at 7:00pm, and lasts until us regulars decide to leave and put the fire out. It's a good way to meet many other people, plus there's always those sinfully delicious flavors of ice cream that're sold in the campgound's store.

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The RV park where we spend the summer has one community campfire in front of the park's office/store. It's far enough from all of the the individual campsites that smoke on your own site is never a problem.

For me, it's the best of all worlds. The park's owners supply all the wood, and chairs (unless you want to use your own). Like any campfire, there is naturally smoke, but you can always move your chair around the fire to get away from the smoke if you wish(I do!), or move closer or farther from the fire.

Weather permitting, the fire starts every night at 7:00pm, and lasts until us regulars decide to leave and put the fire out. It's a good way to meet many other people, plus there's always those sinfully delicious flavors of ice cream that're sold in the campgound's store.

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Old 04-13-2010, 06:06 PM   #94
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Yes, flyfisher, I enjoyed sitting by that fire. And the Montana wind sent the smoke away.
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..campfires really wreck my allergies, but I can't seem to resist one...although once, when camping in a full-up 300-site so-called "campground" I almost lost it..my kid was enjoying her 'camping Halloween' so much with friends I just had to tough it out...
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We do a lot of camping, but don't really care for the campfires, although we prefer them to stupid yapping dogs.

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I personally love campfires. Camping without a fire is like hotelling it... it's just.... blah.
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