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Old 08-03-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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propane or tiki torch campfires?

Sitting around the campfire last weekend got me to pondering: is there a "woodless" alternative to the traditional campfire? I love my tiki torches which I set about our site, and I installed a gas ring in my chiminea back home. Sometimes I just don't have the interest or time to get smoky. So, I was wondering if anyone out there has a solution to the "non-wood" campfire. If not, I might just have to invent something . . . and that might prove dangerous!
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:13 PM   #2
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:46 PM   #3
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I use a Duraflame when I don't want to have a fire.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:31 PM   #5
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Little Red Portable Campfire - now that
s what I was thinking of - just not crazy about the price tag. I suppose I could justify by using it on my deck, too. Anybody else have any experience with this?
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Little Red Portable Campfire - now that
s what I was thinking of - just not crazy about the price tag. I suppose I could justify by using it on my deck, too. Anybody else have any experience with this?
Most of the military campgrounds prohibit camp fires.
The Lil Red Campfire is approved for all military campgrounds I have visited so far. I like mine a lot.

Just remember to turn off the flow control valve; then SLOWLY crack the tank valve so it does not trigger the leak shutoff mechanism. If it does you will get almost no flame. If done correctly the fire is a big as you would want for a campfire.

Another advantage is:
You just shut it off when you are ready to turn in.
No worries about coals etc.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:57 PM   #7
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"Patio Flame" is another option, they work really well

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We use one of these when wood can't be used.

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These are some great ideas. Do you attach your hose to your existing tanks? I have a side kick grill. I'm guessing there's a way to attach the hose that comes with the fireplace to the quick connect to my sidekick. Has anyone done this?
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These are some great ideas. Do you attach your hose to your existing tanks? I have a side kick grill. I'm guessing there's a way to attach the hose that comes with the fireplace to the quick connect to my sidekick. Has anyone done this?
I carry a spare 20 pound tank only because I have a few from the many grills I have owned over the years. I have also seen folks carry the 10 pound one and a 5 pound "pancake" tank.

My Yamaha 3000 has a tri-fuel mod and I can use the propane to run the generator.
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I also just carry a spare 20 pounder just for the heater. Too cheap to have a quick disconnect hose made to hook up to the grill port on the outside of the trailer. Plus it would limit where you could hold your phony fire.
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Do these portable campfires keep you warm? My wife and I full time it in California and get tired of the chilly nights. I'm looking for a solution so we can spend more time outside. I've thought of getting a table top propane heater or a stand up propane heater. The stand ups would be difficult to transport when the time comes. My wife's concerned the tabletop heater wouldn't heat her up enough.

So besides looking like a campfire, do these propane campfires warm you up?
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Do these portable campfires keep you warm? My wife and I full time it in California and get tired of the chilly nights. I'm looking for a solution so we can spend more time outside. I've thought of getting a table top propane heater or a stand up propane heater. The stand ups would be difficult to transport when the time comes. My wife's concerned the tabletop heater wouldn't heat her up enough.

So besides looking like a campfire, do these propane campfires warm you up?
It was quite cold in Key West last February and we always had company around ours when we fired that "Lil Red Campfire" up.

So yes, IMHO.
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I think the Lil Red Campfire looks pretty cool. Guess the kids could not roast marshmallows on it though, as I imagine that could get pretty messy if one dropped, and kids always manage to drop them lol.
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Hahaha, we cook marshmellows on the one that I posted. If someone gets some marshmellow on it, it just burns off after a bit. Completely clean.
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I am intrigued by the little red campfire though. Hopefully I will run across one someday and see what kind of felt heat it puts out.
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Do these portable campfires keep you warm? My wife and I full time it in California and get tired of the chilly nights. I'm looking for a solution so we can spend more time outside. I've thought of getting a table top propane heater or a stand up propane heater. The stand ups would be difficult to transport when the time comes. My wife's concerned the tabletop heater wouldn't heat her up enough.

So besides looking like a campfire, do these propane campfires warm you up?
You can't winter camp with it. But it puts off some good heat
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Hahaha, we cook marshmellows on the one that I posted. If someone gets some marshmellow on it, it just burns off after a bit. Completely clean.
Tooooooooo funny

I had to ask, as that is the most important thing to the kids with a fire, cooking marshmallows or hot dogs.
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You're not gonna believe it, yes I have cooked a hot dog on that unit as well.
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Friends friends parents friends etc etc in BC have a 3' ring of tubing with holes drilled into it and legs welded onto the ring and hooked up to a propane tank. This was because of the fire ban in BC. no burning stuff outside. It was nice and warm, lots of flame, roasted marshmallows, kept warm, and when we were all done all we had to do was turn off the valve for the tank and they went out.

closest pic i can find of it. top right area

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