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rover67
11-04-2013, 11:31 AM
So we live in a place that has frequent fire bans...

And we like to go to the desert where in some places they don't allow fires on t he ground....


What portable fire pits do folks have and how do they like them?

Is a cheaper option like Cabelas pit OK?

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camp-Chef-Portable-Propane-Powered-Fire-Ring/714434.uts

Or is this a more is better situation where getting one of these is worth it?

http://www.amazon.com/Campfire-In-Can-Portable-Propane/dp/B001UB8CKI/ref=sr_1_4?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1383589475&sr=1-4&keywords=propane+fire+pit

I feel like $300 is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a fire pit.... and it also seems like a Cabelas one or even a camp chef model like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Propane-Portable-Campfire/dp/B000L4HSH8/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1383589475&sr=1-3&keywords=propane+fire+pit

could be "modified" to put out a bigger flame.

wesintl
11-04-2013, 02:03 PM
The Camp Chef is the way to go. It has 60,00 Btu vs that other one at 64 but the lava rocks put out more heat than the ceramic logs.

Mtn goat was the first on this. He had the napoleon. While it looks the most realistic it's not as hot

http://www.napoleonfireplaces.com/products/gpf-patioflame/


The camp chef is the best bet and a extra bag of lava rocks to pile on it so it's more of a dome or mtn. The more rocks will keep the heat more than a flame will. If you mod it your going to burn more propane. IIRC we get half a tank a night on a standard camp chef. I can't remember how many hours 4 ish..

Romer
11-04-2013, 02:06 PM
Is the Napoleon the one he has at the Maze a couple of years ago?

wesintl
11-04-2013, 02:16 PM
The napoleon was there the first year. I can't remember after that, maybe Dan remembers if he brought it after that, i don't think so. We definitely used the camp chef last maze trip.
http://chrissandstormfj.smugmug.com/Other/Maze-Canyonlands-Utah-Nov-2010/IMG00279/1094058134_P9b72-M.jpg


IIRC when I talked about about fires with the rangers their take is you can have a fire it just can't touch the ground and you have to pack out the ashes, no burying them. Backpackers have used fire pans. They noted you can use a fire pan. I had thought about a pit but don't want to deal with the ashes the next day and the propane is easier to deal with.

http://www.traegergrills.com/shop/detail/OFP001

MountainGoat
11-04-2013, 02:26 PM
The Camp Chef is the way to go. It has 60,00 Btu vs that other one at 64 but the lava rocks put our more heat than the ceramic logs.

Mtn goat was the first on this. He had the napoleon. While it looks the most realistic it's not as hot

http://www.napoleonfireplaces.com/products/gpf-patioflame/


The camp chef is the best bet and a extra bag of lava rocks to pile on it so it's more of a dome or mtn. The more rocks will keep the heat more than a flame will. If you mod it your going to burn more propane. IIRC we get half a tank a night on a standard camp chef. I can't remember how many hours 4 ish..

Wes hit the nail on the head. The Napoleon is prettier and better built. Doesn't feel as warm as the cheap Camp Chef with lava rock. Plus Camp Chef replacement parts are easy to get and reasonably priced.

You'll get about 7-8 hours out of a tank running the pit wide open. These things don't put out a ton of heat, so you can count on running them wide open. :hill:

nakman
11-04-2013, 02:31 PM
Couple years ago in the Maze was Dan's Camp Chef. And key to that success was putting it under my 10x10 popup... that thing really held the heat in, felt like a 10-20 difference under there.

Was perfect for night wheelin'

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=26045&stc=1&d=1321225487

http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=26048&stc=1&d=1321231939

edit: Also using a small machine screw, I was able to create a little ball depressor that allowed use of another stove gas line on the Camp Chef. Meaning, I got it to run on a little green can... not perfect (leaks a tiny bit, and the flame is smaller) but I was able to get about 2 hours from one can.

wesintl
11-04-2013, 02:46 PM
The easy up definitly kept in the heat. Dunno how many brain cells i lost... :D

nakman
11-04-2013, 02:47 PM
.. Dunno how many brain cells i lost... :D

I don't think it was the propane... :hill:

Romer
11-04-2013, 03:13 PM
The easy up definitly kept in the heat. Dunno how many brain cells i lost... :D

I don't think it was the propane... :hill:

true :p:

wesintl
11-04-2013, 03:29 PM
that's my story and I'm sticking to it... :D

Caribou Sandstorm
11-04-2013, 04:12 PM
The Camp Chef's are 69.00 bones right now, and if you are Prime, that is free shipping. Would get to you this week, if you needed anytime soon.:)

Jacket
11-04-2013, 09:16 PM
Man - if we had 4 or 5 of these at camp it might actually be warm at night...

Hulk
11-04-2013, 10:20 PM
I was at a scouting event recently and they had one of these going:
http://www.mrheater.com/product.aspx?catid=45&id=25

It seemed crazy warm.

Jacket
11-04-2013, 11:00 PM
^I have one of those for my garage. It definitely puts out the heat (and some CO along with it).

baja1d
11-04-2013, 11:15 PM
I was at a scouting event recently and they had one of these going:
http://www.mrheater.com/product.aspx?catid=45&id=25

It seemed crazy warm.

Been using one for the last 2 years- fire bans. Works great with an easy up over it to bank some of the heat back down. Been meaning to cut the top off (replace with grate) for easier s'more cooking but it holds a citronella candle nicely.

Beater
11-05-2013, 06:28 AM
call me. I um build these type of things for like, money and ****, and you know like, I could help you out k?

seriously though - reach out - the plumbing parts are expensive. I can help you build one from black pipe, but it won't be as permanent as a stainless steel unit. Copper can work as well.

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