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Old 04-19-2014, 05:43 PM   #11
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Another option we use is a Smokey Joe grill. It's small and sits at our feet. Take a bunch of charcoal and load up the grill. Once it is going good it puts off a lot of heat for two people and it's kind of fun watching the red embers. For extra fun we pick up a bunch of small sticks around the campground and toss them on a few at the time and watch them burn.
It cost less than fire wood from the camp host, it's easy to start and when done just put the Smokey Joe lid on. Not much smoke or smell either. Of course a glass of wine helps the experience.
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:04 PM   #12
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Hi: All...No matter the size or style of your campfire... which ever side you're on... is the smokiest side Alf
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #13
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Okay, I must confess, fires like the one I showed there only happen about once a year at our land. It is all the wood not bucked up for firewood (branches, brush, whatever). It is also in a gravel pit we excavated for use building roads and pads. Always great fun to set afire though.

On cold nights we do go through a pile of split wood, but not a big deal as we have no shortage. And once you get a hot fire going, with a good be of coals, all the smoke tends to go straight up due to the chimney effect created.
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Last summer I attended a party thrown by a friend that lives on the shore of Lake Ontario. He built a fire the size of Jim's on the rocks along the shore. Great to look at, then it started popping. We first blamed wet wood, but before to long it was obvious the the rocks were exploding. Coals & logs were flying 20' into the air, and shards of rock whizzing by us. We headed for the hills.

Lesson learned - don't build a hot fire on wet rocks!
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I can also advise that making soup the traditional native way by placing hot rocks in water with veg and no salt results in raw, warm, gritty veg in water.
Learned that at the outdoor school where I was one of the adult supervisors.
Obviously, the instructors still had something to learn.
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I enjoy a good campfire, to set and while away the time mesmerized by the flames. I camp mostly in state parks in NC, SC, & VA and while most advertise against outside wood enforcement is lacking. The use of volunteer labor for camp host and litter training means you really have to get out of hand before anyone even speaks to you.

The amount of wood commercially moved from area to area far out weighs camping use.20140418_192301.jpg
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Lesson learned - don't build a hot fire on wet rocks!
I have used wet sandstone rocks to build a fire ring, and they too cracked and broke up bad.
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While we sometimes still like a campfire, there are more and more places with restrictions. For Christmas we gave ourselves a 'campfire in a can'. Campfire In A Can - Portable Propane Fire Pit for Backyard & Camping We have the propane quick connect and converted the campfire so it's easy to hook up and when we're ready for bed, just turn it off. (Did the same for the Weber) Great company. I know c Camco makes 2 versions now - the little red campfire I think in 2 sizes.

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