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Old 09-12-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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propane or wood fire

as we travel some provental parks free wood. the first propane camp fire i seen i laught.no way wood all the way .but 4-5 $ a bundal now might change mind what do use think.
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I have propane logs in my log cabin home. Don't want to mess with wood ashes, smoke, mess of cleaning up. Camping is anoher thing altogether. Go with wood. I feel the same way about grilling. Charcoal all the way. Others will differ and that's OK too.
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I like wood, too, for a campfire. But, I have seen some really cool propane "fire pits" out there on the market. The one that caught my eye was a fax stone pillar with a dish and stones on top - looked neat and provided heat. Was set up for those little tanks.

Used propane to grill for years at home. Moved into the rv and charcoal is my thing now. I can cook right in the fire pit without taking grill along. I use an old grill top to put the charcoal up on so it burns better. In a bag and in storage when done.
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We like wood and carry a couple of bundles when we on the road. My only concern is is what was duscussed on another thread. To many yoyo's not putting out their fires properly.
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campfire....What is that????

With the dry conditions here, it has been so long that we can't remember what a fire is...

The parks around here have banned all out door fire, even propane grills. And smokers are restricted to their rig or vehicle.

If you have any rain, send it down to Houston area please.

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I carry a propane fire pit and a tripod grill. I can use the tripod on either the propane pit or a fire ring using wood. Some places don't allow ground fires so the pit comes in handy for those places. I enjoy cooking over the fire in a fire ring most times though.
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Some of the campgrounds we frequent have local open fire bans. So we keep a propane camp fire but wood is our preference.
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I have to admit we cheat. We pack a Duralog type fireplace 'log' that we like to start with. Spring and early summer were so wet in Illinois the wood was sopping wet and didn't want to burn. If we want a bigger fire we add the real thing that we buy local. Don't want to carry our own as we don't want to spread invasive insects. We cook on a nice little propane grill on the road. At home charcoal all the way.
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With restrictions on carrying firewood due to emerald ash borers and pine bark beetles and with restrictions on open fires due to drought conditions, we went to propane a couple of years ago.

Propane isn't as romantic as a crackling wood fire, but it is very convenient. A propane campfire lights in an instant, and you just turn it off when you're done. No smoke blowing into your face or into your rig either.
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With restrictions on carrying firewood due to emerald ash borers and pine bark beetles and with restrictions on open fires due to drought conditions, we went to propane a couple of years ago.

Propane isn't as romantic as a crackling wood fire, but it is very convenient. A propane campfire lights in an instant, and you just turn it off when you're done. No smoke blowing into your face or into your rig either.


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I bought a bundle/package of bricks at my local Menards. The are about the size of a brick, but made of organic material that burns about like a Duraflame log. I think it was $4 for a bundle of 20 bricks. Firewood is just too much hassle these days. They are marketed for use in a wood stove, but seem to work well in our purchased firepit. The SST firepit has a screen dome to prevent errant sparks and flames from starting an unwanted fire. It's even approved for charcoal use, making it quite versatile.
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Funny but when we hit the road nearly full time over four years ago we envisioned sitting around the campfire every night. It didn't work out that way for us. We found that we really didn't like the way the coach and our clothes would always smell like smoke. We don't carry a propane fire pit but would certainly consider one.

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I carry both a protable fire pit with spark shield (www.pit2go.com I think) I'm not all that impressed with the spark shield, and a propane campfire.. Have used both on occasion and neither will kill the grass below the "Fire pit" The Pit2Go is good for cooking, never tired cooking over the gas job.. it's for "effect" but the effect is good..

The thigng is ... I build the fire,, then usually turn it over to the wife and come inside.
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I have a nice propane fire pit if anyone wants it. We have carried it for years. Used it early on but now I would rather have a real fire or none at all.
I burns about a pound of propane per hour which is not too bad but you are not going to want to use those little disposable bottles with it.
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