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Old 10-12-2020, 07:42 PM   #101
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I would take it if I were certain they vacated the site.
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:44 PM   #102
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OMG, this thread is 5 pages long in that many days? Some people will give their opinion on anything and everything and in too many ways. I guess everyone is retried on this site and are looking for things to do...... Darn, now I'm guilty! ; )
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:46 PM   #103
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:56 PM   #104
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if you have the energy to load and take “obviously left behind wood”... more power to you! do i leave some? you bet.... have i grabbed some left behind? you bet. not stealing by any stretch.... just don’t throw the fire pit grate in the weeds people
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:05 PM   #105
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I have been on some campgrounds that either buy from them or bring your own. Also on some like Jellystone that you have to buy from them. What I do is grab my unburned firewood to use at home or to the next campsite. But, if I left it behind is because I want someone else to get it. On the Jellystone, the ground keeper takes the wood and resell it... that is when I say... you are not going to use it I take it, is already paid for.

But at least I wait for the people to be 100% and share with other campers, is a free for all in the way I see it.

Do not feel back taking or leaving, is a toss up.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:06 PM   #106
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Take the wood or not?

You always leave the wood! Pass it on, leave the next guy something to start a fire with! Camping etiquette!
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:32 PM   #107
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Originally Posted by sherman12 View Post
During a recent camp at one of our favorite New York State Parks campground, Keuka Lake SP in the Finger Lakes region of NYS, I got admonished by my DW for taking the firewood left behind by the campers across from us when they vacated their site. I thought, why not, if not me, someone else will just grab it.

So, what do you do when camping and your neighbor leaves a pile of nice cut firewood behind, or, driving or walking the campground you see left behind wood. Take it, or, leave it for the next person? To me, it's like finding $10 or $20 on the ground.
As a person that lives in the area your talking about I feel confident in saying that we have enough wood to go around. And the next person on that site can't miss what they didn't know was there. I've many of times given wood away to those around me when I can't take it home. And have left wood behind when we pull out during the night. I always hope someone can use it and would hate to think it rotted before being used. I would be more upset with it being resold than a family enjoying it free of charge.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:36 PM   #108
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When I arrive at a campground I make it a point to ask about left behind firewood and what the campground policy is. That way there is no misunderstanding of conduct. Some campgrounds will collect for their own group events and others say to take it for my personal use. If I had leftover wood, I would offer it to the occupants of a next door campsite who in some way made my stay more pleasurable. You know, not playing loud music, running generators incessantly, not dumping their black water tank while you are eating at the picnic table.... you know! I have given fishing poles to the kids who were camping next campsite with their parents. It is always better to ask than to just do, especially when it involves ďtakingĒ.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:37 PM   #109
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they leave it so someone else can use it ;so why not.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:42 PM   #110
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Take the wood? A reply...

I grew up in the scouting movement. We learned it's courteous to leave some wood for the next camper who uses the site. The story was taught to us kinda like this....

You show up at a campsite. It's cold, it's late. You don't have a chance to go collect wood for a fire.

Wouldn't it be nice if, sitting right by the fire pit, was a little pile to get you through the pinch you're in? Sure would.

Fast forward 50 years... (I'm in my 60's now) I was incensed to watch a couple with a young child travel from site to site picking up the little piles of wood left by others, instead of getting their own. I wanted to "chat" with them... my wife preferred I didn't (she wins).

Perhaps they just didn't know.... yeah, that's it. :-\
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:46 PM   #111
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dont take the wood

burn it or leave it, don't take it with you.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:54 PM   #112
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See no problem, we call it beavering
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:32 PM   #113
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IMHO: It was left there for someone to use, not necessarily the next person in that site. The people who left it have no idea who is using it and I am sure they are not thinking about it after they are gone.

Take it and enjoy, guilt free.

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Old 10-12-2020, 09:39 PM   #114
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I would of grabbed the wood. I do this all the time. Sometimes when I spend a week or 2 at a provincial campground, I will go locally and buy a cord and throw it in the back of the pickup. And if there is a little left at the end, I will leave it. It's all fair game
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:25 PM   #115
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Originally Posted by nomad297 View Post
If youíre going to burn it at the campground, go for it. If you plan on crossing county lines with it, leave it alone.

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Old 10-12-2020, 10:44 PM   #116
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Had a large tool box on the back of our Cherokee and in that box was a tool box of Spare Pressure regulators, close to a dozen. Several spare power cord adapters...15 to 30, 30 to 50. Assorted tools from awning hooks to cranks for manual jacks, tools for manually raising or lowering the tongue jack. Had a large assortment of TEE's for water hydrants to hook up multiple hoses on one hydrant. All of this was accumulated from forgetful people at campsites we've visited.
That seems to happen more and more with all the new campers around. Just this summer Iíve recovered two Progressive EMS boxes (a 30 and a 50), a potable water hose, two nice antenna cables and two water filters. I turned all of them in to the office (State CG). When checking with the office later I learned that every item had been claimed by their owners.

As far as the firewood thing, Iíll collect it if itís really close. I donít intend to use it but am just trying to slow down the bright sparks who think a fire is necessary when the temperature is in the 90ís.
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:56 PM   #117
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Asses the situation, is anyone looking, is the camp host nearby, take it, if there are camp neighbors, maybe share it, as far as the bugs you will do the environment a favor and burn them dead.
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:27 AM   #118
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Old 10-13-2020, 12:49 AM   #119
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It's been a long time since we've had to think about firewood. Living in the West with so many wildfires burning we retired that dream and purchased a propane fire pit. In many ways it is preferable as we are older after sitting by our fire for an hour or so, we close the lid and not worry about smoldering embers or smoke permeating our indoor area.

Now, if we were to find ourselves camping where campfires are a reality I'm going to guess we would bring some with us, take anything left close to us, and leave anything remaining as we continue our journey.

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Old 10-13-2020, 07:15 AM   #120
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I'm not going to be searching for it, but if the vacant neighbor leaves some good stuff take it. But I usually bring enough of my own to last my stay.
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