Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-23-2009, 05:54 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
Wayne&Sam's Avatar
 
2014 25' Flying Cloud
Cuddebackville , New York
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 3,099
Images: 21
Does anyone else hate camp fires?

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......
__________________

__________________
Wayne&Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 05:58 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
ZoominC6's Avatar
 
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Colleyville , Texas
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,502
If you think state parks are bad, try camping at any NASCAR event, Spring, Summer or Fall!
__________________

__________________
In dog years, I'm dead!
ZoominC6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 06:31 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
DEITZ645's Avatar

 
2006 30' Classic S/O
Currently Looking...
Mohrsville , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,313
Images: 10
Love Campfires...Hate The Smoke

I love campfires, but hate the smoke. I think a lot of it has to do with ones prowess at building fires. A good campfire using good wood doesn't produce that much smoke.

We were at a KOA near Lake Seneca, NY a few years ago and there was an elderly gentleman with what I assumed was his grandson. They sat by their campfire ring all day long placing scraps of lumber on a "fire" and I never once saw a flame, it was just one large billow of white smoke, all day, which forced us to keep our Airstream sealed up tight in order to keep it from smelling like a smoke house.

We got around the smoke issue at our permanent site by installing a propane "campfire." it doesn't throw the heat that a normal campfire does but we can still roast marshmellows and hot dogs over it.
__________________
Carl, Elaine & Finn The Beagle
2006 30' Classic W Slide & Limited Package Katarina
2006 GMC 2500 HD 6.6 Turbo Diesel Crew Cab 8' Bed
TAC PA-3
S/OS#042
AIR #14487
NQ3U (was KB3UOM)
DEITZ645 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:01 AM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
Triple M's Avatar
 
2005 19' International CCD
Upton , Massachusetts
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 37
I would like campfires but my wife has very bad asthma. We do the same thing shut the windows up tight to keep the smoke out. If you look around some places dont alow campfires.

Mike
__________________
Triple M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:04 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
shermybaby's Avatar
 
1956 26' Cruiser/Overlander
Kennewick , Washington
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,884
Images: 13
Send a message via Yahoo to shermybaby
We usually take seasoned firewood with us to have a fire a few times during the trip. Some campgrounds, but not all, have good firewood available to purchase for a good fire but we have seen the smokey fires to. There have been a few who know nothing about fires that have actually cut down fresh green wood to try and burn. That makes for some of the worst fires, not to mention appalling to cut young growth.

We like tamarack the best for the clean burn and the snap, crackle, pop effect. It burns pretty clean and leaves little ash behind.
__________________
shermybaby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:29 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Lily&Me's Avatar

 
2006 22' Interstate
Normal , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 13,552
We've been known to produce campfires that are more smoke than fire---had a fellow camper once ask if we were trying to send smoke signals. Have gotten better at building them over the years. We do love them in the morning, nothing better than a nice fire while drinking coffee.
__________________
🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚❤️
Lily&Me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:32 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
StreamNTyme's Avatar
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Carolina Low Country , South Carolina
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 699
Images: 27
I agree to a point.
We love a good campfire and know how to build one and keep it flaming. I am alergic to smoke and we have been near smoky fires several times. Campers do not take their neighbors into consideration at all. They do not check to make sure the wind is not going to blow right into the neighbors camper. We recently were camping near one of theses smoky fires. The camper was burning wet leaves to clean up his site. A good camper is a considerate camper.
__________________
StreamNTyme
StreamNTyme is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:51 AM   #8
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,423
Shucks, they came up with smokeless tobacco, so why not smokeless fires?

Lynn
__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:59 AM   #9
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,762
Images: 5
We're not real big on campfires, either. Too much smoke, not enough fire. We are often entertained and have gotten some really great laughs at campgrounds watching other campers build and "enjoy" their smoke fest. We have seen many campers build, and then run from their own camp fire.
__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 08:09 AM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
DrPlay's Avatar
 
2006 25' International CCD
Freehold , New Jersey
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 79
Can't think of camping without a fire. Glass of wine, a cold beer, ghost stories, sitting back and starring at the fire. Love it! Will be out West in a few days and bought a Campfire in a Can (propane fire) in case there are fire restrictions.
__________________
DrPlay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 08:15 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
funkill's Avatar

 
1973 27' Overlander
reno , NV
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 1,447
Images: 27
WOW ---- and we were just remarking on how our last trip was so dampened by the lack of a fire. I didn't actually think it was camping without a fire. Isn't that why there are rings on most every site. It's something that I look forward to - regardless of temperature. It sets the mood for me! And sorry if the smoke blows into the other campers (though I rarely observe any other RV's with their windows open - they're running their heat/ac instead). Here, the wind can be blowing from the south one minute and then suddenly change to the east. Not much you can do about that situation. Wind seems to take no notice.

What I don't like are those who believe a fire cannot be built/maintained without saturating logs with firestarter/charcoal fluid.

Laura
__________________
funkill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 09:29 AM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
Grand Master's Avatar
 
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
I agree with the original post. The last time we went to a State Park our trailer smelled like smoke for several days. NOT pleasant.

My Mom & Dad bought their 1st. Airstream in 1955 to TRAVEL, not to camp. They called themselves boulevard campers. In fact, Wally Byam promoted caravans and rallies rather than camping. That is what set him and Airstream apart from the hundreds of other travel trailers out there. The canned hams and boxes were for camping, but Airstreams were for traveling.

That is what makes Airstream special. It is not just that it tows better, but that Wally created a mystic about these trailers that attracted a more "sophisticated" clientele.

We did sometimes have campfires while caravanning, but it was in the center of the wagon wheel, and far away from the trailers.

Mike Brumback
#1200
__________________
Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 09:35 AM   #13
4 Rivet Member
 
Pacerized's Avatar
 
1981 25' Excella II
Dillon , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 397
Images: 11
Put me in the group "I don't think it's camping without a campfire". We prefer dry camping or boon docking anyway, but the primary reason we avoid campgrounds with hookups is that most don't allow campfires. I can't stand the idea of spending $40- $50 for a campsite and not being able to toast a marshmallow over a campfire. Luckily the best campsites are usually those that are more primitive, allow campfires, and cost the least. There are a lot of private campgrounds that don't allow campfires though.
__________________
Pacerized is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 09:44 AM   #14
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,423
What we find here is that around one in ten will want a campfire. We permit it, but with restrictions: No too close to other folks, off-the-ground pit (we provide a few of them), not directly under trees, no fires during fire-ban season, etc.

During Memorial Day, somebody "accidently" took one of our big fire pits, so now we check them out rather than just handing them out willy-nilly. Swineolas.


Lynn
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New NT-30SP fires 10 sec. then goes out, fan on fotochop Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 3 01-06-2009 08:04 PM
Dometic Refrigerator Fires? Cracker Refrigerators 89 07-27-2008 05:59 PM
Florida Fires Devoman Off Topic Forum 8 05-16-2007 07:16 AM
RVers at Western Wild Fires - California Streamer1 On The Road... 2 10-27-2006 11:07 AM
Temecula (Corona) California Fires Cat Off Topic Forum 3 05-08-2004 11:56 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.