is it ok to take empty camp site fire wood

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by dave123, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    I don't know about the rest of you but when I leave firewood next to the pit I'm hoping the next camper will appreciate it as I do when I find some there. Is wood left at another site meant for that site's camper? Only the leaver knows that. To me it's clear the previous camper didn't want to bother with it so its open season.
    Just my $.02
     
  2. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    ^^^Yup.^^^ Wood left behind is available for subsequent campers. I like finding it and I sometimes leave it. I also like finding and leaving good "poking sticks" for tending the fire.
     
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    OH NO!!! NOT THE POKING STICK [LOL]
     
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    The last place I went someone had left a nice poking stick. By the time I left I had grown a little bit attached to it, lol.
     
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    skiball New Member

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    I use an old jack crank handle that I cut the handle end off of for a poker. It foldes up for travel and works great in the fire.
     
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    froggie New Member

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    Leftover fire wood and "poking sticks" are just tradition!
     
  7. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I use a piece of metal conduit and shove a small glow stick in the end wedged in with a piece of wood so I can find it easily!!
     
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    I bought a fire stick from Cabelas and swear it's the best thing on the trailer. It has a barb, to pull the logs. It is long, and has a wood handle. I jam it in the ground and it stays upright.
     
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    Too bad bottle caps left behind aren't worth more. I'd be rich.
     
  10. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    I still can't believe you guys need a poking stick. On the rare occasion I need to adjust a log I just kick it with my foot or push it with another log.
    I see no need to sit and poke at the fire.
    OK I'm done.
     
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    I guess I don't 'need' the poking stick, it's just the feeling I get, like I'm in control of that fire, I'm the fire boss. I live with a house full of women, I need something.
     
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    Heritage New Member

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    Lighten up Francis.
     
  13. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    You have to be a man about it and grab it by your hand. lol
     
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    Yeah, good to get rid of all that unsightly hair on my hands and arms.
     
  15. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I have a blister on the tip of my middle finger from doing that a few days ago....
     
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    skiball New Member

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    Ya... I had that same blister last Summer. and I had a poking stick. Reached in anyway...
     
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    How do you figure that fire wood has no value when the campground owner is selling it for $5.00 a bundle. Just because I say that it is stealing doesn't mean that I wouldn't do it, it is the white lie of stealing. When you rent a site at a private campground you have no right to touch anything at the other sites that you are not renting. I just picture people racing over to claim what they can when someone leaves a site. I have seen people leave behind coolers and chairs.
    When I stay at a condo I will leave behind unopened food in the freezer and fridge. I am hoping possibly the cleaning crew might enjoy a Klondike bar. I also leave firewood by the stove if there is any left over. Would you enter an empty condo with the door open if you just saw the people pack up a leave?
     
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    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    If you leave food behind in a hotel or condo, you're creating more work for the cleaning crew; I highly doubt any member of a cleaning crew or housekeeping would eat food that the previous tenant left behind. [:(O]

    Not talking apples to apples, here. [2C]
     
  19. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I disagree with your logic, 1380ken, but even if one were to accept it, you are predicating your argument on the CG being private. The vast majority of camping in North American occurs in public campgrounds.
     
  20. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

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    Some of you may not know this and it may be off the subject but in certain parts it is considered proper etiquette to leave enough wood for the next person. This usually applies to cabins where someone may be seeking refuge and needs a fire. When that person leaves he leaves enough wood for the next person.
    I know I'm sliding off track but the sentiment I see in most campers is to see what you can do for the next camper when you leave. I always leave a campsite cleaner than when I arrived and will leave my wood if I'm heading home.
     

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