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Old 07-28-2015, 01:09 PM   #11
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I total get having a wood fire and the frustrations with trying to burn sub-par wood particularly when buying fw at a campground.
I showed DW rsdata post (noted above) about propane fire rings....we are seriously thinking of purchasing one for those "away trips".

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Old 07-28-2015, 01:14 PM   #12
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I agree with the concept of "buy local-burn local". However . . .
I can't tell you how many time I purchase overpriced poor quality firewood (mostly directly from the state park we are staying at) only to find out it was cut down last week. OK, so I am exaggerating . . . a little. The wood they sell is crap. It's wet or not seasoned. You can't get it to burn. You're lucky if you can get it to smolder. If you don't want me to bring my own firewood, sell me something I can use. I have a fireplace at home, so I buy wood by the face cord. A bundle of wood from a campground runs me more than twice the price than what I pay (for the same amount). I'd be willing to buy it IF IT BURNS.
I agree 100% with you
I bring my own...harvested in my 36 acres forest.
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:21 PM   #13
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Granted you don't always get seasoned hardwood when you purchase wood from a state campground, but before you are too critical, stop one of the rangers next time you are there and ask them how much wood they go through a year. You will be very shocked. In addition, much if not all of the wood is the result of maintenance operations in the park. In most parks a lot of time and effort goes into insuring that campers and their equipment are not injured or damaged by falling trees or limbs.

It is easy to rationalize that the one emerald ash borer you may accidentally transport to the park will not do much damage, but one turns in to many very quickly and before you know it the ash trees are gone. A perfect campfire is not worth the loss of a forest.
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:21 PM   #14
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You just can't beat the good old smell of burning wood. Propane isn't my cup of tea. And when it comes to grilling,,,,,I'll take charcoal over propane any day. Try grilling some Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage on charcoal....then try it on propane. All the difference in the world!! Buy your wood local.....You could very well be stopped at a state border inspection station. We did at California/Oregon. "Don't be bringing that crap in here!!!"
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:25 PM   #15
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We also love our propane fireplace. fast, warm, safer in dry conditions, & no need to think about anything except having enough propane, which we need anyway. Bought ours at Costco.
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What is the definition of "local"...next door neighbor , 15 minutes drive , 1 hour away , same county , same province ???
That's the main question,
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It's usually state controlled,,,,,but I'd be cautious about transporting wood from one forest to another even if it's within the same state. I was witness to the North American Elm years ago that disappeared from the face of the earth because of the Dutch Elm Disease from the Japanese Beatles. Sometimes,,,it doesn't matter what we do....nature will take it's course, but we shouldn't be pushing nature along. I remember in 2008 when we were in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where some bug was killing certain trees and not even touching a different tree right next to it. Go figure.
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Unfortunately or fortunately it keeps many campers from cutting their own wood on their own land and bring it and the pests along for the ride.

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"Local" varies and in the case of wood borne insects is generally considered from one forest region to another.
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Old 07-28-2015, 01:52 PM   #20
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We typically find a reasonably priced local firewood vendor. Sometimes this is a local business and other times this is an individual who sells firewood. I will say I have ended up with crap wood a few times, but when we used to use wood bought at the CG we always got crap firewood.

We typically buy local not only for the purpose of protecting the forests, but also for the purpose of saving weight.
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