Campfire Container?

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Campfire Container?

Postby Dean_A » Thu Apr 30, 2009 1:31 pm

I'm planning on doing some primitive camping in a location that does not allow ground fires, but does allow campfires in metal containers.

Does anybody have ideas or recommendations for a good, compact metal campfire container? I've seen washing machine tubs used, but I'm looking for something that doesn't take up a huge amount of space. Maybe something collapsible? And it has to have a bottom.

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Postby madjack » Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:09 pm

...why not get a small weber style grill...small enough...light enough...big enough for a decent fire...also...I believe Coleman and others make a "portable" fire pit as well...there are also some propane fired versions for those dealing with burn bans...although a "bit" on the heavy side a rim from a big rig or a turning disk would make a great fire ring.........
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Postby Elumia » Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:08 pm

I was going to suggest the weber smoky joe too. Use it to cook dinner and then add wood to the coals, easy fire starter. When you are done, put the lid on it to put out the fire. only downside is that you won't be burning big logs.

Washing machine tubs let sparks and ash out the bottom and burn ground underneath them.

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Postby Gary and Cheri » Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:54 pm

I once went to a campground in Bar Harbor, Maine, that did not allow ground fires. If you wanted a fire they brought out a steel truck tire rim. Best fire pit I ever saw.

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Postby chorizon » Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:04 pm

The one from Target looks pretty cool.
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Postby Dean_A » Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:47 pm

Thanks for the ideas!

A cheap charcoal grill is a good idea. Being able to close the lid is a good feature, as you have to pack out your ashes.

A truck wheel sounds pretty cool, but I don't think it really passes the compact test.
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Postby bobhenry » Thu Apr 30, 2009 5:47 pm

Ask them about below ground fires !

I remember times when leaves and pine needles were everywhere and we were instructed by our scout master to dig a trench and build the fire in it . The over dig was banked and scattered to protect the ground clutter and the wind couldn't really get at the fire. When we mover on, the earth was replaced and the pit was no more.
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Postby cherokeegeorge » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:12 pm

Cut the bottom third off of a 55 gal steel drum :thumbsup:
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Postby wannabefree » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:10 pm

If you can stand a small fire, go to your local HF store and get one of their ultra cheap dutch ovens. Build the fire inside. Put on the lid when you go to bed. And you don't even have to spend 3 hours cleaning the goo out of it first!!
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Postby Laredo » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:31 pm

if you can find a farm sale get a couple of used disks off a plow. (They're about 12'' around by about 3'' deep usually, and while they're heavy, they're also cheap.)

The HF DO idea is good -- but I'd go for a steel vessel rather than aluminum.

If you can stand a really small fire, try this:

get a quart-and-a-half OJ can (or pineapple or apple or tomato -- you get the idea) and open with a church-key to drain the contents. Once it's empty, take a hacksaw or a coping saw and cut it in half lengthwise. Take a pair of snips and cut 1/3'' or so off both edges of one half, tuck that half inside the other, and you have a compact firebowl.
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Postby BobR » Fri May 01, 2009 10:36 am

Drums from an old washing machine or dryer work well
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Postby Laredo » Fri May 01, 2009 1:08 pm

you might check out grilliput if you don't mind spending a little money.
they have a nice little compact firebowl
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and a grill that fits it well.

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now, if you're basically a cheapskate like me, you can toddle down to the hardware / cooking gear store and pick up a stainless steel folding steamer basket and a cooling rack, and there you are ...
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Postby Nitetimes » Fri May 01, 2009 1:19 pm

I cut the bottom off one of those blue water tanks, I think I cut it just below where the diaphram attaches inside. Works good and it comes complete with a stand to keep it up off the ground. Mine's a little big tho...it was an 80 gallon tank! :thumbsup:
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