Fire-Poking Stick

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by froggie, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    I like to leave some wood and have told camping neighbors to garb it before it disappears. Like nineoaks The fire poker dies with the fire on the last night.
  2. Sjm9911

    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2018
    I always just use my hands, lol. Maybe I need to find or get a fire poker!
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  3. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2018
    South Carolina
    Smoke follows money. I always camp with guys that are better off, so I never have to deal with smoke.
  4. fourhallatts

    fourhallatts Active Member

    Jul 18, 2015
    North Syracuse, New York
    It's not just a guy thing! I am usually the one getting the fire going when camping, so a good stick is essential. We like to do most of our cooking over the campfire (even when we camp at my in-laws camp which has a trailer with a kitchen). There is nothing like a good fire to cook on then end the day with some Smores! When we camp at a campground I will usually burn my stick when the last bit of firwood is burning down since we have as of yet to have any leftovers.
  5. Natureangel

    Natureangel Everythings better outdoors...

    Feb 28, 2016
    I have the ‘ove glove’ it is awesome handling the logs!
    I use my "Ove Glove"
  6. cabranch47

    cabranch47 Member

    Nov 29, 2016
    I take a crow bar with a 90 degree head. Great for fire tending, splitting kindling, digging, and occasional copperhead disposal.
  7. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    You are so right about that. The DW loves to play with the fire as much as I do. So much so that she will tell me to leave it alone because it's Her Fire.
  8. fourhallatts

    fourhallatts Active Member

    Jul 18, 2015
    North Syracuse, New York
    I tell my dh and sons the same thing!
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  9. Byrd_Huntr

    Byrd_Huntr Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    I have a simple lightweight fire poker I made from a 1/4" metal rod and a short piece of shovel handle. It goes everywhere in the camper. It facilitates the tomfoolery that I am apparently not going to outgrow... IMG_3878.JPG
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  10. Rik Peery

    Rik Peery Active Member

    Jun 15, 2018
    Found an extendable fire poker w/ a barb at Wally World several years ago, works great & takes up very little space, has a leather thong attachment to hang on a nail/limb etc...think Camping World has 'em for around $9 95649n-extendible-fire-poker.jpg
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  11. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2013
    Kansas City
    When we arrived at our campsite on Friday, the previous occupant had left a nice little stack of firewood along with a poker stick that was already "broken in." [:)C]
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  12. BBQdave

    BBQdave Member

    Aug 31, 2016
    North Carolina
    Campfire setup: find and harden fire stick, and have a short handle shovel to move coals.
    Like to cook over campfire with my cast iron skillet, and foil packs.

    Usually leave the fire stick at the fire ring for the next camper :)
  13. Zephyr

    Zephyr Active Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    central Oregon
    I had never heard of 'leaving the fire-poking stick', but when we went out last week, there was one waiting at the fire ring. We use a small shovel with a shortened handle for fire poking. It has additional duties when we are boondocking.
  14. McCampers

    McCampers Member

    Oct 16, 2016
    Drought and local burn bans here in Texas have made the search for a good fire poking stick fall completely off the list. Pray for rain so the fire poking stick adventures can return.
  15. cam_1100

    cam_1100 Member

    May 10, 2018
    Rochester, MN
    Being from Minnesota, I find that old hockey sticks make great fire-pokers. They even come with a nice grip!
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  16. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    With all the problems Texas (and the west in general) with fires, drought and floods etc.has been having a pokey stick would be the last thing on my mind. Seems like ya'll can't catch a break
    Good Luck and happy careful camping
  17. Zephyr

    Zephyr Active Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    central Oregon
    Last Thursday, we had our first measurable rainfall since mid-June. The storm didn't provided much rain, but the lightning started a bunch of new wildfires. We don't need to go camping to get that smoky campfire experience right now. The smoke is almost like fog some days. Maybe if we get lots of people chanting 'I hate white rabbits' …..
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  18. WrkrBee

    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2018
    South Carolina
    I had to Google the "I hate white rabbits". I'd never heard that before.
  19. roybraddy

    roybraddy Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2016
    King George, Virginia
    I carry one from our fireplace setup in the house... Need to find a second one as when we start using the fireplace I always have to go looking for the poker haha...

    I can do some serious thinking when camping poking around the fire with the poker...

    At one camp ground we just got checked-in and setup and the ranger came around pulling a little trailer loaded down with fire wood. He said he always collects up all the left firewood and makes it available to anyone that needs any...

    Roy Ken
  20. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

    Sep 11, 2008
    Morris County, NJ
    I have a folding shovel I always keep in the pup tool box. It's ok, but a fire poker is much better. Last year on our annual Amish Country camping trip we stopped into an Amish store that had lots of good camping stuff. My wife found a great wrought iron poker with a hook for hanging on one end and the other end with that was pointed with a hook to grab and move firewood. I think it cost maybe $10. She absolutely loves it!! I have it hanging at the fire pit at home.

    And yes, it is usually her fire when she starts messing with it.

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