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Around the Campfire - litterally!

DutchmenSport
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Actually this fits better in RV Lifestyle, but the topic really is about campfires. Now, about the time you think you've seen just about everything, someone does come up with a new "gadget!" Check this out! What a great idea!

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uncledon
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Dutch_12078 wrote:
We were taught to make self-feeding fires similar those shown back in the 60's when I was in cold weather survival school. We used the wood only method of course, and why we wanted it to continuously burn should be self evident in those circumstances.


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jake2250
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I have done this a few times while on hunting trips in cold wet weather. It allows the fire to burn continually. Even during wet periods the fire will always be lit.

Only thing I have found is that it tends to be more smokey than a normal stacked fire that you allow to burn free and feed. Once the surface of the log gets going the flames will die off to a lower flame than a stacked free fed fire.
Just a reminder,, This will burn constantly,,for the entire length of the pile on both sides and smoke constantly as it pre heats the next log.
Hope your neighbors don't mind smoke 24 hours at a time!!

pnichols
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We outgrew wood fires:

- In the RV we now bring along an outstanding propane firepit so we can have a fire anywhere, anytime. It's adjustable flame rises up out of "coals" that never go away ... the coals soon heat up and radiate heat that is added to the heat from the flames. We roast hot dogs and marshmallows on it too. We just turn a knob to douse it when we turn in for the night. The only way to go!

- In our residence we had the old wood burning fireplace torn out and replaced with a full size propane fireplace . It's flames rise up out of "logs" that never go away. It is turned on/off and has infinitely adjustable flames using a small remote control. The radiant heat from it's "logs" and backwall bricks warm objects in the room ... not the air in the room ... so we feel soothing warmth on our bodies almost immediately. The air in the room gets heated gradually by the warm objects in the room. What a wonderful invention and the only way to go!
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IBcarguy
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Clever idea but half the fun of a camp fire is getting it going and feeding it wood.

noteven
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Doesn't look like it will feed pallets...

ORbiker
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Half the fun of having a camp fire is poking at it.

I believe that this thing would male a smokey fire, because everything is laying parallel (equals no air).

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Dutch_12078
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We were taught to make self-feeding fires similar those shown back in the 60's when I was in cold weather survival school. We used the wood only method of course, and why we wanted it to continuously burn should be self evident in those circumstances.
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downtheroad
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I hear there will soon be an app for that. Set up, light, feed and control your campfire from your phone.....
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rexlion
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More junk to clutter up the storage space.
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korbe
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Not for me. If I tried it, I'm sure the whole thing would take off and have a real rip roaring fire going. Always taught to keep potential fuels away from the current one.
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dewey02
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Agree with many responses here that this looks like a solution in search of a problem.

When you are sitting around a campfire, what else do you have to do that is so pressing that you can't toss a log on every 30 minutes or so?

The hopper in the photo is only holding round logs. I can't imagine that it would work as well with split wood.

And the webpage says something like "you won't have to wake up in the middle of the night to feed your fire." Why are you leaving a fire unattended while you are sleeping or gone from the immediate area?

This guy might have something to say about that!

D_E_Bishop
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At the onset the Swedish Log Stove looks cool but I am kind of skeptical, I don't know why and they have been available in many stores out here for years. Some are even rated by burn time. We're on our way to "Q" next Saturday and maybe I'll drop by OSH and pick one up.

As for the self feeding gadget, NOT TO EXCITING, out here in fire country it looks like folks might wander off to do other things during fourteen hours. I feel most established RVers would monitor their fire, but there are too many who wouldn't and that is an un-attended forest fire starting devise waiting to happen.
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gbopp
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mdcamping wrote:
cool idea, but not for me

Mike

I agree. To me, it seems like more work setting this up than it is throwing a log on the fire.
But, it is interesting and ingenious.

mdcamping
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cool idea, but not for me

Mike
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