Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-01-2021, 09:10 PM   #61
Pop-up refugee
 
Relaxin in the woods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by BehindBars View Post
It’s not about “playing” in the fire, there is a constant mental, strategic activity in maintaining the fire, like spotting air flow problems, rearranging logs for the correct air gap to improve combustion, making sure no orphan logs lie outside the main heat circle, etc. The fire takes on a life, too, from infancy, on to the most productive hours, them to old age and death. Well maintained fires made with good firewood don’t smoke (much). A propane fire might offer warmth, but for me it would be no more interesting than watching a fire on a television.
I call it "playing". It's important. And every fire is different.
Relaxin in the woods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2021, 09:34 PM   #62
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 423
Quote:
Originally Posted by BehindBars View Post
I understand your wife’s refusal to use a propane fire pit.

I derive pleasure from the wood fire experience. It’s not about “playing” in the fire, there is a constant mental, strategic activity in maintaining the fire, like spotting air flow problems, rearranging logs for the correct air gap to improve combustion, making sure no orphan logs lie outside the main heat circle, etc. The fire takes on a life, too, from infancy, on to the most productive hours, them to old age and death. Well maintained fires made with good firewood don’t smoke (much). A propane fire might offer warmth, but for me it would be no more interesting than watching a fire on a television.
Well there goes another thing 'up in smoke' to to speak.

Turning what could be an enjoyable experience of a wood campfire into a complex, complicated, no longer enjoyable science experience.
Let me explain:
I USED TO LOVE seeing a rainbow in the sky ... so beautiful with themultiple color array blending thru and sometimes a rainbow within a rainbow but all that was ruined when took a physics class.
All the 'scientific' junk about the rainbow creation has to do with light refraction and reflection, earth curvature, etc. totally ruined the shear pleasure of enjoying a rainbow for what it was. When I see one now - all that comes to mind is the physics classroom professor defining the science of how and why a rainbow is a rainbow.
Dakota 1120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 01:00 PM   #63
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 200
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dakota 1120 View Post
Well there goes another thing 'up in smoke' to to speak.

Turning what could be an enjoyable experience of a wood campfire into a complex, complicated, no longer enjoyable science experience.
Let me explain:
I USED TO LOVE seeing a rainbow in the sky ... so beautiful with themultiple color array blending thru and sometimes a rainbow within a rainbow but all that was ruined when took a physics class.
All the 'scientific' junk about the rainbow creation has to do with light refraction and reflection, earth curvature, etc. totally ruined the shear pleasure of enjoying a rainbow for what it was. When I see one now - all that comes to mind is the physics classroom professor defining the science of how and why a rainbow is a rainbow.

Another good example of how our minds are all wired differently!

For me, I like watching the fire, but my mind is always going to, "if I move this log a bit this way and that log a bit further over here, I can make this fire breathe better and thus, get a better fire!" I still enjoy the fire as much as anyone, I just enjoy the challenge of making it better. Of course, when I feel it's right, I will absolutely sit back and enjoy it for a while... until it's not optimal anymore and then I will make more adjustments. This is very satisfying for me.

Rainbows are no different. I always enjoyed them but to me it wasn't magic. There was a logical reason for why they existed and I wanted answers. Now that I know how it works, it doesn't make it any less spectacular... I just know the mechanism behind it and can enjoy it without wondering so much!

Maybe knowing the physics behind things doesn't take the wonder out of the event so much... it just creates wonder in the physics because that's amazing in and of itself!

Or maybe that's just me!
__________________
2017 Shamrock 23WS behind a 2017 RAM 2500 Cummins 6.7L i6
Daebado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 02:38 PM   #64
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 423
For sure --- we all see things differently and I see that as a good thing.

What an odd and boring world it would be if everyone liked exactly the same things in the same way!

:-)
Dakota 1120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 05:10 PM   #65
Member
 
Letarae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Auburn, WA
Posts: 58
Funny
Letarae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 05:22 PM   #66
Member
 
Letarae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Auburn, WA
Posts: 58
Funny. I have some teenage grandkids who I'm hoping come back from their phones when they grow up. I "miss" them.

Great fire thoughts. I'm going camping next week by myself, well and my dog. Doing a fire as long as it doesn't rain. Living in western Washington is always a chance of rain and blue tarp camping.

Taking some mudslide for my coffee in the evening for the fire.

Letarae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 05:28 PM   #67
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 423
Taking some mudslide for my coffee in the evening for the fire.


??? mudslide ???
Dakota 1120 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 05:29 PM   #68
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 200
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dakota 1120 View Post
For sure --- we all see things differently and I see that as a good thing.

What an odd and boring world it would be if everyone liked exactly the same things in the same way!

:-)

Completely agree!
I can barely put up with one of me as it is!
__________________
2017 Shamrock 23WS behind a 2017 RAM 2500 Cummins 6.7L i6
Daebado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 06:13 PM   #69
Member
 
Letarae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Auburn, WA
Posts: 58
Mudslide is Kahlua, heavy cream, vodka, irish cream and ice. I bought a container already done. It is great in my coffee or hot chocolate and easier when camping.
Letarae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2021, 08:00 PM   #70
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Baraboo, WI
Posts: 482
If we didn't have a campfire at our family property, how would the kids and grandkids make smor's and pudgy pies. Gas flames are not allowed to make those two snacks.

When camping at our place, I love the fact that you have to go about 300 feet up a hill to get cell reception.
BarabooBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2021, 08:47 PM   #71
Member
 
Letarae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2020
Location: Auburn, WA
Posts: 58
Nice. Too bad that isn't true around the fire camping. However, when we have a fire at our house, cell phones stay in the living room. Sadly, I even make the teenagers talk.

;-)

I have to find out what a pudgy pies is.
Letarae is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2021, 08:48 AM   #72
Trailer Park Supervisor
 
NJKris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Northern NJ
Posts: 6,985
Quote:
I have to find out what a pudgy pies is.
Sounds like something my waistline does not need. Funny how some of your wives like messing with the fire. After heating our house with firewood for months on end, my wife doesn't even want to LOOK at a piece of wood.
__________________
2019 Rockwood Geo Pro G19FD w/off road package
2015 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 V8
Yes, I drink the water!
NJKris is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2021, 02:44 AM   #73
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 6
I do it all the time. There is something about the fireplace that makes me feel safe so the more I should do this when alone!
vivafreedom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2021, 09:19 AM   #74
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by Letarae View Post
Nice. Too bad that isn't true around the fire camping. However, when we have a fire at our house, cell phones stay in the living room. Sadly, I even make the teenagers talk.

;-)

I have to find out what a pudgy pies is.
I believe that is a regional name for pies that are cooked in cast iron pie irons over the fire. I love ours. You can actually cook. Meal in it and then make dessert. Just be sure to grease it good and don’t get burned.
Accountingphd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2021, 09:27 AM   #75
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 3,203
Quote:
Originally Posted by Letarae View Post
Mudslide is Kahlua, heavy cream, vodka, irish cream and ice. I bought a container already done. It is great in my coffee or hot chocolate and easier when camping.
Hmm... we'll have to evaluate that. The accuracy of our analysis will be aided by a large number of samples. Or, it being alcohol, the opposite could be true.
__________________
- 2016 Ford F-150 SCrew Lariat RWD MaxTow
- 2020 Rockwood 2507S
chriscowles is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2021, 01:13 PM   #76
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Nevada
Posts: 1,045
This fall for the first time in my life there were fire restrictions. Even in October with night time temperatures below freezing, fires were not allowed on National Forest lands in California. As a forester this is disturbing on many levels.

I hope people that enjoy the outdoors can understand the importance of responsible logging and thinning in maintaining the health of forests and improving fire resilience. Neglect is how we got in the terrible shape we are in. We can log out way out of it.
ppine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2021, 02:12 PM   #77
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 487
Quote:
Originally Posted by ppine View Post
This fall for the first time in my life there were fire restrictions. Even in October with night time temperatures below freezing, fires were not allowed on National Forest lands in California. As a forester this is disturbing on many levels.

I hope people that enjoy the outdoors can understand the importance of responsible logging and thinning in maintaining the health of forests and improving fire resilience. Neglect is how we got in the terrible shape we are in. We can log out way out of it.
I certainly agree with your comment on responsible logging. As someone who grew up in some of the most beautiful hardwood forests in Western Pennsylvania, I can vouch for the greed side of logging. It sure gives the responsible side of the industry a bad name.
Sunseeker16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2021, 02:32 PM   #78
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by chriscowles View Post
Hmm... we'll have to evaluate that. The accuracy of our analysis will be aided by a large number of samples. Or, it being alcohol, the opposite could be true.
Yes, I do think a proper evaluation requires multiple taste test events

Mudslides here come in a 4pk, each bottle being a 6oz (ish) single serving cocktail. But I could see how adding to coffee or cocoa would "level up" that beverage!

I use Rumchata as a coffee/cocoa creamer and it's definitely a game-changer.

Cheers....
__________________
Carla VE5YAK
wife to David, mom to the 3Ms
Saskatchewan, Canada
2006 Dodge RAM 2500 TRX4 Cummins
2011 Cedar Creek Silverback 35K
just4u_cara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2021, 02:35 PM   #79
Senior Member
 
NMWildcat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Southern NM
Posts: 7,491
Quote:
Originally Posted by just4u_cara View Post
Yes, I do think a proper evaluation requires multiple taste test events

Mudslides here come in a 4pk, each bottle being a 6oz (ish) single serving cocktail. But I could see how adding to coffee or cocoa would "level up" that beverage!

I use Rumchata as a coffee/cocoa creamer and it's definitely a game-changer.

Cheers....
Love the Rum Chata for morning coffee! Helps to keep us warm on those cold mornings! We also like the peppermint one. Lemon, not so much
__________________
Scott and Liz - Southern NM
2012 Wildcat Sterling 32RL - w/level up (best option ever)
2007 Chevy 2500HD 4dr short bed Duramax w/allison
Reese Fifth Airborne air ride king pin coupler with Sidewinder
NMWildcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2021, 04:52 PM   #80
Senior Member
 
Freetyme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Southern MN
Posts: 359
I / we always have a campfire, mainly because I love to use my Wimpy's grill to cook over an open fire. Many times I'll start with charcoal under the wood. Adds longer cook time when the wood coals are just right. Also easier to bring back a nice fire when the cooking's done. Keeps the bugs at bay, but seems there is always the pictured down side.Click image for larger version

Name:	6722.jpeg
Views:	39
Size:	37.9 KB
ID:	247560
Freetyme is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:31 PM.