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Old 03-29-2008, 07:32 AM   #1
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Portable fire pits.

I have been tossing around the idea of getting a portable fire pit to take on the road. First, it would be good for no trace camping when boondocking. Second, it would be nice to have the fire pit where I want it instead of where someone else put it. SO, who among us takes one of these along on the road?

Anyone using one of these from camping world? other ideas?
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Great topic Rodney. I have seen in the past, in fact Goin' Camping has one, the inner tub from a washing machine used. It has holes to let the heat out, had a flip up lid and three adjustable legs were put on it. You certainly could put it where you want it. I'm going make one this spring because they're just too cool.

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I have been tossing around the idea of getting a portable fire pit to take on the road. First, it would be good for no trace camping when boondocking. Second, it would be nice to have the fire pit where I want it instead of where someone else put it. SO, who among us takes one of these along on the road?

Anyone using one of these from camping world? other ideas?
I have taken that idea one step further, and have been using a Fire Dancer, a present from a dear friend.
Outdoor fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor gas fireplace, propane fireplace
Of course not the same as a crackling wood fire, but very clean, allowed where wood fires aren't, and instantaneous warmth.
It runs on propane, and can be tied into the trailer's propane system.
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I have a fire dancer as well. It requires no clean up at all and can be used when the forests do not allow campfires.

Someone at the Balloon Fiest had one made from a small portable grill. It put a much bigger flame into the area and after a few nights we were pretty sure that it was not going to blow up.
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The propane fires look neat, but I'm wanting one for wood and charcoal fires. That way I can use it for when I want to use my dutch oven.
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Last Spring at the Casini Rally we were among the early arrivals. We few couples enjoyed an evening around str8stream's portable 'campfire'. I think it was the Fire Dancer. I know it wasn't the one CP sells. I was very impressed with it. Very nice with small groups. Str8stream (Ron, Debbie) had extra propane hose extention from their moho's tank to where they could place the 'campfire' almost anywhere in their campsite. The campfire made for a pleasant evening without the hassle of gathering wood etc.
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I have been tossing around the idea of getting a portable fire pit to take on the road. First, it would be good for no trace camping when boondocking. Second, it would be nice to have the fire pit where I want it instead of where someone else put it. SO, who among us takes one of these along on the road?

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Have you seen this thread? Looks like it would be great with the DO

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...one-40455.html
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Have you seen this thread? Looks like it would be great with the DO

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f484...one-40455.html

Yeah, I saw it, and it would be good for making coals. On the other hand, I want something to build a campfire in and maybe put the dutch oven on.
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Fire ring and Dutch oven

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Yeah, I saw it, and it would be good for making coals. On the other hand, I want something to build a campfire in and maybe put the dutch oven on.
me too .... fire ring that can also be used with dutch oven.

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As mentioned earlier, a washing machine tub works great and is cheap.
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i have the fire "pit-2-go". they got the idea from the washing machine tubs but they wanted something that is more portable. so they invented this box that folds easily to 4 inches thick and fits into a carrying case. it works great and i am very happy. here's the link: Pit 2 Go
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Simple, and easy to store

A friend of ours made a portable fire pit. He used sheet steel about 12" wide, probably about 1/16"thick. Cut two pieces 24" long, and two pieces 12" long. Using a hole saw, he made a row of 1" holes along one edge of each 12" piece, and along one long edge of each 24" piece, about an inch from the edge. He then hinged the pieces together (he used piano hinge cut to length), making a rectangular, folding box with the holes all along one side. When folded, it is 36" long and about 1/2" thick. If you cut the 12" pieces into 6" pieces and use additional hinges (like the Pit to Go), it will fold into 24", but will be a little thicker. He then made another piece of sheet to fit as a bottom (optional). Small bolts can be put through the bottom of the box just below the holes to keep the bottom slightly off the ground. The holes allow air into the bottom of the fire, much like the wash tub.Finished, it looks much like the "Pit to Go", but cost very little to make.

A universal grill may be placed over the top for cooking.

When he is ready to leave in the morning, he folds up the box and puts it into a black trash bag for storage.

We have enjoyed Tom's fires in this box for many years.
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does anyone have a pic of the washer tub fire pit sounds cool...SAM
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Here is a selection...I especially like the one on the lawn mower frame.

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I went cheap and durable.

I took an inner washing machine tub and drilled some holes in the bottom so the fire could get air. I then used two used skillsaw blades and a bolt to close the large agitator whole in the bottom center and added three legs to the sides to keep it about eight inches off the ground. I also have a oven rack from an old stove that I use on top for BBQ'n.

Works great and even huge fires have not caused heat warp or any other damage.

When your done for the night you flip it upside down and the tub contains the fire and sparks even in high winds.

Total cost was under $2.00 for the hardware and I've been using it for about three years.

P.S. Make sure you put legs on it as it will melt asphalt otherwise.
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I love the washing machine tub idea! What did you use to make the legs?
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Yeah, I saw it, and it would be good for making coals. On the other hand, I want something to build a campfire in and maybe put the dutch oven on.
Actually, I'm going to try that with my Volcano. It can definitely be used as a small wood campfire pit, but with emphasis on "small" at 12.5 inches across. I'm also hoping the propane attachment will emulate the propane-fueled type portable fires. That will take some experimenting with ceramic logs.
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1/2" or 3/4" steel pipe. Three legs keep it from rocking, 4 legs makes it rock on uneven ground.
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I love the washing machine tub idea! What did you use to make the legs?
I used some 1/2 square tube. Flat sides are easier to drill and attach.

Dave hit it on the head. Three legs have better balance than four.
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