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Old 11-04-2013, 11:31 AM
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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-...ing/714434.uts

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

http://www.amazon.com/Campfire-In-Ca...opane+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-Prop...opane+fire+pit

could be "modified" to put out a bigger flame.
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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/pr...pf-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..
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Is the Napoleon the one he has at the Maze a couple of years ago?
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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.



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.

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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/pr...pf-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.
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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'





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.
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The easy up definitly kept in the heat. Dunno how many brain cells i lost...
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.. Dunno how many brain cells i lost...
I don't think it was the propane...
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that's my story and I'm sticking to it...
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