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  1. Patrick w

    Patrick w Active Member

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    My son says the smell is bbq. I got him hooked early. If it's got smoke flavor he eats it.
     
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    Bwahahahahaha!! I am definitely on your team!! Real fire all the way! This cracked me up! Especially since I just watched this movie for the gazillionth time! LOL FIRE!!
     
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    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

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    I carry a chainsaw. No problem
     
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    so... our last trip [Meacham Lake, ADKs] we got in late... had to drive up the highway, maybe 5 miles or so, to find some firewood... got 4 bundles... the sign said "Dry Wood"... well, it wasn't "wet" but it sure was green

    The next day there was a young couple, "Dan Dan, the Firewood Man" [and his lovely wife Stephanie], that came around the CG and delivered bundles [Ice and Ice Cream too!!!]... I never asked him but, his bundles were mostly "scrap"... wondered if he, or someone he knew, had a Saw Mill.

    anyway, the wood wasn't "pretty" but it burned like heck!!!... ended up putting the "green wood" on top of his and it worked out okay... what we REALLY liked about his scrap-wood was the planks he had in the bundles. Strategically placing the planks as a "wall" focused the flame [and heat] back against the "green wood"... worked out pretty good.

    Moral of The Story: "don't judge a book by it's cover"... Scrap-Wood may not be "prettty" but, if it burns, it's good enough for me!

    Happy Trails!

    PS: as long as it's not "treated"... it's gotta smell like WOOD, not chemicals... give it the ole "sniff test"

    PPS: NYS has a "No Move" ordinance... don't bring wood in from outside of a 50 mile radius...UNLESS it's been kiln dried and has a "Certificate" stating as such
     
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    Had a reunion with some friends a few weeks ago and we rented a house in the Black Hills. The contract said, in bold red, no campfires under penalty of fines and/or jail. I asked the manager about a propane one and got their approval. My first time with one (from Lowe’s). I LOVE a wood fire but I have to say this was really convenient and nice. We kept it on low, had a fire 4 nights for 2-4 hours each, had plenty of heat and ambience, and had used maybe 3/4 of a tank of propane. And it’s off when it’s off. The thing packs up very neatly and is nice-looking. We even used it on the deck with no fear of burning anything. Wind didn’t blow smoke at us and this unit didn’t hiss at all. I’m a believer, though real wood fires are still the preferred route when practical.
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Bond-Bond-...0-BTU-Bronze-Portable-Steel-Fire-Pit/50037272
     
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    Mark CASTELLANI Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    @Hilldweller ... gotta get me an invite to a CFW someday!!!... DW and I agree... looks like our kind of people!!!

    Happy Trails!
     
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    Nothing like a lungful of super heated air. Guess you would only do that once before figuring it out. Determined I can use the DeWalt air compressor, in inflator mode, to boost the air flow to the fire. Definitely louder than a blower pipe though.
     
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    It works. I've done it a bunch. Lol. It's noisy but when you got in pesky wood it helps
     
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    Mark CASTELLANI Well-Known Member Platinum Supporting Member

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    well... if a person can't figure that one out then, I would wager it's time to thin the herd

    [EDIT... video is better with visuals]...you can skip to 6:45 in the video for the effects of breathing in... "I Fell into the Bonfire"




    Happy Trails!
     
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    Anybody that sparse in the brain deserves scorched lungs, super simple; expand tube, blow thru tube, don't inhale lol
     
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    An advantage of a propane fire ring is you don't end up smelling like a campfire for sitting in proximity to it. I guess some people like that but to me I just prefer avoiding it if I can. The kids enjoy a wood fire, though, so we do it sometimes.

    Some campgrounds prohibit bringing your own firewood, in an effort to either slow the spread of things like pine beetles, or to add another revenue source. It's unfortunate to hear that sites are running out, though.
     
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    We were die hard wood fire campers -- but now we love our propane fire ring. Nothing beats a real campfire, but we have kids with bad allergies, so have switched to propane and it made a huge difference. Its a matter of camping vs. not camping for us, and the easy on and off is great. Also, some types can be used in areas where burn restrictions would prevent a typical campfire. Easier, cheaper, cleaner. Hard to see going back.
     
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    We live in a spot in MN where the emerald ash borer is real and killed a lot of our oaks. I just can't move firewood.

    We hit a lot of campgrounds and State Parks, and most just don't stock wood anymore. So, I find about 3-5 pallets, take the circular saw and I cut the planks along the 2x4s, leaving the nails in the 2x4. Those go to my fire pit. I can find enough pallets just cruising town with my trailer.
    I lay the prepped planks like flooring across the back of the Suburban, and I usually lace it 3 boards thick. With Hobo Freight moving blankets on top, the dogs don't notice them down there, and I slip a few or more out per night and nobody ever can tell how 1 bundle of wood went 3 nights. It's always dry, mostly hardwood and nice to split with the axe for kindling, shaving or carving.
     
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    They are out there, and procreating.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    Not a fan of duraflame-style logs. We used to use them in our old upstairs fireplace on occasions when we didn't want to mess with tending the fire, but they would only burn 2-3 hours no matter what the "burns for 5+ hours" rating on the log says. They also don't look much like a wood fire. We have since converted that FP to gas, which ironically looks a whole lot better. We still have a wood FP on our lower level.

    Finding firewood has never been a problem for us, although the prices keep eeking up and it's easy to spend more on firewood than the nightly campsight fees at state parks.

    If the parks/campgrounds don't sell it, pretty much any convenience store around here does.
     

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