Smoke Free Campfire Fun

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Nothing says camping to me like sitting outside under the stars with friends around a campfire.  I love a wood fire, the sounds of the wood popping and the colour of the flames.

What I don’t love is when the wind shifts, and suddenly I’m choking on smoke. Or after an evening by the fire everyone and everything smells like the inside of a barbeque smoker. Many campgrounds will no longer let you bring in outside wood. Which means you are forced to buy from the campground supply, it can sometimes be wet and of poor quality.

My husband surprised me early this summer by purchasing a portable propane fire pit.  I was a little skeptical at first but quickly came to love it!  The fire pit hooks up to a propane tank via a hose just like a barbeque would. One propane tank cost us less than $12 to fill and lasts for more than 12 hours of burning time. On average, a bag of wood costs $6 dollars or more and lasts for only two to three hours of burning time.

What I love most about our propane fire is the ease of set up and take down. If we decide to have an evening fire and it starts to rain we simply turn it off and head inside.  The fire pit comes with a storage bag so it’s easy to pack it away and store it in the trailer until the next time we want to use it.

This past summer was so dry that there were fire bans at many of the campgrounds. However we were able to use our propane fire pit as there was no fear of sparks.

There are several places you can purchase propane fire pits either online or in store and I find they are quite reasonably priced. I’m looking forward to being able to use it at home this fall in the backyard as well. Just because campgrounds are closing for the season doesn’t mean I have to wait until summer for our next campfire!

 

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