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Old 11-11-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Are old fashioned Camp Fires becoming thing of the past?

We have a portable, self contained, fire pit, legs fold up, side screen folds up and is very safe. It also has a grate for grilling and lid. It is on the small side and compact but perfect for our RV. However a CG we were at this past year told us no open fires allowed. BUT they did allow and they also sold propane portable camp fire units.

I was not going to argue the point that a flame is a flame and I do understand the concern of airborne ambers and or the mess a traditional fire place can be.

Somehow these fake units just don't cut it for me. But is this going to be the thing of the future of fewer and fewer "old fashioned" camp fires?
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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We have a portable, self contained, fire pit, legs fold up, side screen folds up and is very safe. It also has a grate for grilling and lid. It is on the small side and compact but perfect for our RV. However a CG we were at this past year told us no open fires allowed. BUT they did allow and they also sold propane portable camp fire units.

I was not going to argue the point that a flame is a flame and I do understand the concern of airborne ambers and or the mess a traditional fire place can be.

Somehow these fake units just don't cut it for me. But is this going to be the thing of the future of fewer and fewer "old fashioned" camp fires?
I am from kalifornia. Many areas have baned fires as they pollute! You can't even build a house with a wood burning fireplace anymore in most of the state. Fortunately, most of the state parks still allow a fire!
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During the heat of summer, camp fires and open burning are banned. Everything is tinder dry. BC is all forest.
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I am seeing an increasing number of places banning an open fire. They will let you use one of the propane fire pits. I do not like them as they do go through the propane at a rather alarming rate.

Also, many places will not you bring in outside wood due to diseases. It is generally expensive to buy the campgrounds fire wood.

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Old fashion campfires are still grand, where they are allowed.

A "campfire" that is not old fashion wood, is not a campfire, it is just a flame. No wood smoke, nor coals to stare into, to watch twinkle away?
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Sure would be nice if they did ban them. They stink.

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Im going to make a point to only camp where real campfires are allowed. The smell is part of camping. I dont see the point. cement pads are bad enough but entire cement, asphalt and paver campsites..... oops parking spots without a campfire is not camping. Heck, there's nothing to burn.
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Im going to make a point to only camp where real campfires are allowed. The smell is part of camping. I dont see the point. cement pads are bad enough but entire cement, asphalt and paver campsites..... oops parking spots without a campfire is not camping. Heck, there's nothing to burn.
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Sure would be nice if they did ban them. They stink.

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An additional difficulty, is the (almost universal) ban on transporting fire wood. Buying it in the vicinity of where we are camping can get to be very expensive.

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Lots of issues surrounding campfire, burning of non natural vegetation is forbidden in Washington State parks, you must use the wood provided and for sale in many. Recently I went really camping, sleep on the ground type, no MH's allowed, with my son and grandson. The campfire was a big experience for the four year old and for that matter his father. I joined in. I did it for them but:

I've sat basking in the wisp of wood smoke, sat long hours staring into embers, felt the warmth of a campfire, heard the crackle, tended fire all night to stay warm on a cold snowy night of camping, roasted marshmallows, hot dogs, cooked bacon, pizza, bread, fish, steak, and pancake over an open fire, dried my clothing, sang songs, reminisced and made love in the glow of a campfire. Enjoyed every minute then. But I have had enough I just don't like the smell any more.

That is also why as I park on my asphalt, cement or paver pad in my MH with three TV's etc, I do not call it camping. I am just living somewhere else for a while.

Some places allow campfires some do not take your pick. Probably fewer than there were years ago and getting fewer as we write. If you have not completed my list above of things to do around a campfire then by all means go where they are allowed. Chances are I will not be there, again.
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I'm with those who say the traditional camp fires are the only way to go. Some have mentioned they do not like the smell. Heck as a kid when we went camping in tents, that campfire smell was one of the most memorable times, not to mention all the other great things of the camp fire.
When we are out in the Black Hills and use the local wood it takes on a distict smell of it's own. Black Hills Spruce. Love that smell!
Not sure what the big deal is. As I mentioned our compact pit folds all up. We clean up and are responsible with the fire. If there are winds that would perhaps bother neighbors we never use it. The campfire is also like having a "come on over" sign at the place as it always seems to bring visitor friends by.
From now on I will put on our check list to see if prospective CG allows camp fires.
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I for one would love to see no camp fires. I have asthma and they can cause me all sorts of problems. Most folks have no clue how to make one and way too many will let them smolder for days. We had an experience at Chain O Lakes in Indiana. The camp fire smog (inversion layer) was worse than the smog in LA pre-exhaust restrictions. I now have a 12V air cleaner that will take out the worst smoke so it is at least not deadly. If you do have a fire do it right and when you are done put it out.
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