YOUR CAMPFIRE

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by McCampers, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. kgesiako

    kgesiako Member

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    I discovered the best way to combat a Smokey fire is the rabbit rabbit rabbit method. Just learned that this year and am amazed at how well it works!!!!
     
  2. MsMac

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    When there isn't a burn ban, we'll do a fire probably once per trip, on average. Our fires are not that large, so any smoke isn't really going to affect our neighbors.

    Our fire is put out completely before we leave it for the night. Considering the devastation caused by wildfires in this part of the world, I can't imagine not wanting to make sure that a fire is completely extinguished before leaving the pit unattended.
     
  3. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

    Someone taught my boys this a couple years ago and now they won't shut up with it every time we have a fire. I want to strangle that person lol.
     
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  4. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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    What is the rabbit rabbit rabbit method?
     
  5. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    When the smoke comes toward you, you say out loud "rabbits, rabbits, rabbits" and the smoke will blow in a different direction. In my Boy Scout troop, the saying was "I love rabbits." It was just as effective.
     
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  6. neighbormike

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    Around here it's "I hate white rabbits"... some seem to think it works....
     
  7. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Well-Known Member

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  8. tombiasi

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    I wonder what would happen if you substituted Rabbit with chipmunks?
     
  9. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

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    I'm quite certain you can substitute for anything you like and it will work equally as well ;)
     
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  10. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the one taught to my boys was "white rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit..." They now do it non-stop when we have a fire with any smoke at all, and then get frustrated when it doesn't work.
     
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  11. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    "braless women, braless women, braless women....."?

    Sorry. Couldn't help myself!
     
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  12. kcsa75

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  13. neighbormike

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    Dang! May need to try that one! ;)
     
  14. Sjm9911

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    Say that and the smoke will shift just long enough for you to see the frying pan coming at your face[LOL]
     
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  15. eoleson1

    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    Ain't that the truth!!
     
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  16. McCampers

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    At least I now know when I see an abnormally smoky campfire with someone beside it saying brawless or rabbit all is well. Learn so much from this site.
     
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  17. Sjm9911

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    As Iong as they dont say braless rabbit, that would be really weird [:D]
     
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  18. sleach

    sleach A short run will get you within walking distance.

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    We have had several experiences with campground purchased firewood that was packaged in plastic, then stored in a locking crib. Wrapping went around the bundle, with the ends open. Wood was stacked on end in the crib. The plastic kept the wood in a nice tidy bundle, but kept it from drying out after a rain!

    All of our trips so far have been in Rocky Mountains. The pest to worry about is ips pini, known logically enough as the pine beetle. Major predator on lodgepole pine, less so on ponderosa.

    I now buy cut up lodgepole locally, let it sit for a year to eliminate the beetle problem, and take it with us.

    Any fire should be out, dead out unless you are right there to attend to it. For us that means cold dead out, as in wet down well, stirred thoroughly and tested with a naked hand. From my home I can see the six year old fire scar from a careless camper- over a hundred families lost their homes to that one.
     
  19. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Did I mention how much I love our new propane fire pit? :wink:

    As a life long camper with only memories of wood fires, and a serious aversion to change, I thought I would have a hard time adjusting. I was so wrong! I loved this thing from the first night we used it. Wish I would have invested in one years ago.

    No smoke, no wood, no sparks or pops, and a perfect fire at the turn of a knob. You can turn it off while you go to the bathhouse, and back on when you come back. That's a trick you can't do with a wood fire. :smiley:
     
  20. SteveP

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    After several years of burn bans, and camping in NP backcountry sites that didn't allow ground fires, I broke down and bought a Little Red Campfire. But we had gotten so used to not having a fire that we rarely use it.
     

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