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Old 12-06-2014, 08:50 PM   #11
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Old 12-07-2014, 12:45 AM   #12
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We have probably 50 campfires a year, and maybe it is sentimentality, but I MUCH prefer a real wood fire, it has a character of its own, and its warmth extends beyond that from the heat put out. I have sat around propane fire, fire log fires, even one where tightly rolled newspapers were burned as logs, and don't dislike them, but they just ain't the same.
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Agreed. I think it's somehow ingrained in man's DNA -- gathering around the warmth of a real fire. After all, it's been done since man began.
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:36 AM   #14
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I recall sitting around a campfire a long time ago and musing aloud about the allure of the flames. You just had to look at them.
And my buddy said, "Well, there's nothing else to see. It's dark out"
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:42 AM   #15
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I wonder if I can singe my moustache lighting a reuseable firelog. Sort of takes the sport out of starting a campfire! Besides that, toasting marshmallows over the cat litter box might give the smores a funny aftertaste!
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Old 12-07-2014, 04:51 AM   #16
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I don't seem to have the fire starter gene can't seem to get one started bought one of those canned camp fires.
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The idea sounded good to me when I read about them last year. I tried making a set to see if it would work before spending the $ on the heavy duty ones they sell. Made 3 of them out of left over hardware cloth, 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4, 12-18" long.

Observations from the fireplace:

Takes 2 or 3 fire starters to light them.
Burn pretty good but don't last all that long, somewhere around an hour.
One was not enough, needed 3 going at once to satisfy my needs for flames. Ever try a single Duraflame log?, one was less then that.
What do you with em when the flame is out if you want a longer fire?. You have to take them out of the fireplace and reload them, but they are full of half burned and burning embers. Lifting them out and carrying them through the house to get outside is on the dangerous side, so unless you live in a cave, you can't.
They also sell a version that has no top, that way you can just pour in more as they burn. So I cut the top off of the fakes I had made and gave that a shot. When the flames burned down I added more pellets, if I added too much it snuffed out the ones that were burning. I couldn't get the ones I added t burn well at all. Don't know if there was no airflow once they are sitting on nothing but ashes, but I had very poor results. Tried adding fewer, adding more, adding them later, or even earlier. I gave up.

May have been better for outside fires, then you could pull off one of the burned up logs (that are still burning inside), and dump it for reloading while the other logs are still burning. You would have to shuffle them around to get the one you want out, which would probably be on the bottom of the fire.

To me, cord wood is better. Keep in mind these were not the real deals, they were home made ones. Making them sounded easier then it really was.
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Hi: padlin...You sound like me... Not much of an "Arsonist". Alf
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The idea sounded good to me when I read about them last year. I tried making a set to see if it would work before spending the $ on the heavy duty ones they sell. Made 3 of them out of left over hardware cloth, 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4, 12-18" long.
Thank you for performing the experiment and posting your observations.

You confirmed what I had expected: they are fine for a one hour fire. What I didn't expect was why it's only one hour.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:13 AM   #20
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My comments, but not even worth two cents!

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A campfire with no crackly noise? What fun is that? I'd rather buy some wood locally............
Could always play an audio recording of a crackling fire.....

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We have probably 50 campfires a year, and maybe it is sentimentality, but I MUCH prefer a real wood fire, it has a character of its own, and its warmth extends beyond that from the heat put out. I have sat around propane fire, fire log fires, even one where tightly rolled newspapers were burned as logs, and don't dislike them, but they just ain't the same.
And in the absence of real wood, you cannot go to bed without smelling smoky all night long, and having the smoke smell permeate the trailer......

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I don't seem to have the fire starter gene can't seem to get one started bought one of those canned camp fires.
One advantage is that many places allow their use when burn bans are in effect because propane fires do not produce flying embers......

As I said, comments not worth much. Just the ramblings of someone who cannot go camping and enjoy a campfire of any sort (pellet, real wood log, paper log, or propane) because I am waiting, interminably it sometimes seems, for my build to start!
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