Burn Ban - No Campfire

Discussion in 'Campfires and Firewood' started by TXcmpr, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. TXcmpr

    TXcmpr New Member

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    The weekend before Thanksgiving we went to one of our favorite local ACE parks and found when we got there that they had instituted a burn ban that morning because of the drought conditions. Of course we were a little bummed but took that opportunity to figure out how to make the best of it. We often have burn bans here so figured we needed to find an alternative.

    First we ran to our local Camping World and picked up a Lil Red Campfire. We checked with the park and they said a gas log campfire was permitted.

    Lil Red Campfire - Camping World

    Then we headed to our local Home Depot where they had a table top outdoor heater that we had been thinking about for quite some time.

    Table Top Heater - Home Depot

    [Note that both were on sale and we spent less than $200 total for both]

    I then picked up a propane "Y" adapter from Cabalas that would allow me to hook both to a single 20lb tank and presto. We had a small campfire like thingie to sit near (we can even cook over it) and a heater thing to keep us warm. While it might sound like a cop-out or an expensive way to pretend we really have a fire, we honestly found it to be quite satisfying. In fact we were able to set up the campfire under the awning so we could sit there as we had a gently falling rain shower. Try that with a real fire.

    So I understand if this is too fake for some. For us it was a way to not miss some great camping weather just because of a burn ban.

    Terry and Cindy
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  2. PopUpSteve

    PopUpSteve Administrator

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    I've been thinking of getting a Lil Red Campfire for some time now. With all the places under a fire ban, it seemed like a good idea.

    You're lucky you had all three places close to the CG to get all you needed.

    Steve
    Camp Director

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  3. Cowboy Camper

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    Hmm.

    Sure it might be 'fake', but it actually looks like a good idea. I mean, no mess and fuss about the real wood, no fears about a Cold Out fire when you leave, and as you point out....use it under the Awning if need be as well.

    Sounds like a real good idea to me. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">

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    That looks very cool. We like to camp in a state park on Cape Cod that doesn't allow fires and this would fill the bill nicely. Thanks for the info.

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  5. ALICAM

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    Hey ...I wish all those stores were near me so I could have a "fake" fire too...sounds like a wonderful idea with a lot less work and mess and lastly....frustration

    Alicam---from up near Goderich on beautiful Lake Huron
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  6. theseus

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    What I want to find is a folding fire pit screen. We camped at Stone Mountain Park in GA two weeks back and were told no campfires without a screen...

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    I know this is an old thread but we got tired of the state park fire bans and bought this: Propane fire pit It was less then a hundred bucks at Cabela's and actually looks much more real in person then on the picture. We even roast marshmellows and occasionally let the kids do hotdogs over it.

    Chris

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