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  1. Steveo4090

    Steveo4090 Well-Known Member

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    We bought a case of them from Walmart on one trip that we couldn't find any decent or decent priced firewood. I think there were 6 or 8 in the case and we've used 2 of them in about as many years.

    They give off very little flame or light, smoke fairly badly, and have a chemical smell to me. I'm not really a fan.

    Personally I'd rather have no fire than a duraflame only one. If they actually burned a bit more they'd be decent, but there's very little flame on them to me.
     
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    The other benefit of propane fire pits is you can use these as your lava rocks. Amazon has opened up a whole world of stuff I didn’t know I needed…

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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    Yeah they are a glorified candle... and not a nice smelling one either.
     
  4. Patrick w

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    The real ones smoke a lot in the beginning and crumble up. J/k
     
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    I still got a fake citronella one in the car.. it did actually work somewhat well.
     
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    I do find it ironic that propane is considered suitable replacement for real wood, but semi processed (or mostly processed) wood looking logs are very frowned upon. Even the pallet wood gets a higher vote!
     
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    I think you forgot to add “ask me how I know” :p
     
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    I’m trying to think of the perfect analogy. Comparing a “real” wood fire to a Duraflame seems like comparing a steak to Spam. Comparing the wood fire to a propane fire isn’t that. Maybe it’s like comparing it to a video of a steak, with a recording of the sizzle.
     
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    I figuratively am pondering this analogy.
    Steak=good.
    Spam=good. Ok not as good as steak. But still edible.
    Video of steak=... I dunno.. ? Maybe like left over steak. Still steak. You'd still eat it. Yes it's not as delicious as it was fresh, but it's still good.
    Steak at Peter lugers =real fire.
    Steak at outback steak house=pallet wood
    Steak at golden corral= propane
    Frozen dollar steak from dollar general=duraflame?
     
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    Lol, i like steak , but can survive on spam . I can't eat a video.
     
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    My wife and I are vegan. No steaks at all; happy cows.

    However, I usually use a firestarter under a Duraflame. Prop the Duraflame up on a real log, build a teepee of real logs around the Duraflame. In about 5 minutes the Duraflame is blazing. In another 10 minutes all the logs are going. The Duraflame hybrid fire will go like this for about 2 hours with no attention --- then just add a real log every 20 minutes or so.
    Makes a dandy fire and usually campers at other sites are staring on with jealous eyes. Because they didn't notice the Duraflame "cheater log" that started it all.
     
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    The duraflame is basically the same material as those fire starting bricks. Just larger
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    We love a real campfire! Most of the time we are cooking over it. 90% of the time we bring our own wood (mostly oak). When planning for a trip I will put enough in our detached garage to make sure it's dry and insect free. We will make sure we burn it all before coming home. That's usually not a problem!!! When traveling several states away we will buy local firewood. We have had good luck finding good firewood while traveling. In Lancaster, PA when we do need more wood there are a few Amish run places that sell scrap oak/cherry from their furniture making business. As well as firewood.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    Have you tried burning them? Not great for a campfire.

    I'm not a big fan of propane campfires either. But we were camping outside of Glacier this summer. Strict fire ban in place. The last night we're there, we come back from sightseeing and the a couple sites away is gathered around a big fire. I was livid, and if the office was open I would have reported them. The next morning as we were tearing down, I looked over and saw it was a propane fire pit. I was shocked that it fooled me... I usually find them pretty fake looking.
     
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    I’m a campfire guy. If allowed we always have one. With the fire bans becoming more and more common we picked up a propane one. I’m impressed with the amount of heat and how real it looks. Way better than nothing 8577DF9E-B1FF-41EA-BAA0-BF0353A010D0.jpeg
     
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    …….but nothing beats the real thing E2BDDAE9-51AE-4D15-A5E0-B999D4E92B24.jpeg
     
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    I use a small portable fire pit thing. Sometimes the grates they have are just dented and beat up. Wouldn't want to actually eat anything off of it.
    I never had problem with getting wood in pA. Always good burning, lots of locals just put signs up. Big stack for 10 bucks. Just drop money and take it. But upstate NY was crappy.
     
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    tfischer A bad day camping beats a good day at the office

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    We never actually cook on the grates, but if I wiped it down first and got it hot I wouldn't be concerned. We only cook s'mores and sometimes hobo dinners and banana boats (both cooked in foil right on the coals) on the open fire. Wood's too expensive to have breakfast/lunch/dinner fires.
     
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    Pic from last weekend, Duraflame and a couple of real logs, 15 minutes into the fire. Forgive DW's cel phone pic

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