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Offline Brad

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Fires
« on: November 20, 2009, 11:58:19 AM »
I read on the NP site, http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc_regulations.htm that you can't have wood fires but you can use gas stoves and/or charcoal in the grills.

How about this http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/little-red-portable-campfire/34763 we use this when use our travel trailer.

Thanks.

Brad
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Offline Lorax

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Re: Fires
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 12:10:29 PM »
I would ask a ranger on that.  My understanding is no open fire.  Gas grills are ok but a fire on the ground would be prohibited.  The portable campfire seems to combine a gas grill with a ground fire.  I'd check before i'd spent $100.  At a distance it would look like a campfire and therefore attract attention of a ranger on patrol.

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Offline Al

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Re: Fires
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 08:06:52 PM »
I read on the NP site, http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc_regulations.htm that you can't have wood fires but you can use gas stoves and/or charcoal in the grills.

How about this http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/little-red-portable-campfire/34763 we use this when use our travel trailer.

Thanks.

Brad

That shouldn't be a problem at all but go ahead and ask a qualified ranger.

Al

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Offline tbone

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Re: Fires
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 08:20:20 PM »
I read on the NP site, http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc_regulations.htm that you can't have wood fires but you can use gas stoves and/or charcoal in the grills.

How about this http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/little-red-portable-campfire/34763 we use this when use our travel trailer.

Thanks.

Brad

That shouldn't be a problem at all but go ahead and ask a qualified ranger.

Al
Too bad none of the rangers seem willing to post here any more. I'd call the visitor center and ask before lugging it all the way to the park. Or maybe you could see if they'll answer an email?  Be sure and include a link to it as they may not have heard of it before.

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Offline Al

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Re: Fires
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 10:38:04 PM »
I read on the NP site, http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/bc_regulations.htm that you can't have wood fires but you can use gas stoves and/or charcoal in the grills.

How about this http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/little-red-portable-campfire/34763 we use this when use our travel trailer.

Thanks.

Brad

That shouldn't be a problem at all but go ahead and ask a qualified ranger.

Al
Too bad none of the rangers seem willing to post here any more. I'd call the visitor center and ask before lugging it all the way to the park. Or maybe you could see if they'll answer an email?  Be sure and include a link to it as they may not have heard of it before.

Just have some marshmallows on a stick handy and if you see a ranger approaching whoop them up into the fire and grill the heck out of them.  There's no way that's illegal in my humble opinion.  But then again there are those who argue with me so take it with a grain of salt.  Me.  I wouldn't worry.  Take it and enjoy it.

Al

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Offline Brad

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Re: Fires
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2009, 09:44:12 AM »
Just FYI...

Here is the response I got when I email Big Bend about using the portable camp fire

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If you are using propane with this unit, it is acceptable, and you probably
need to have it off the ground a little [danger of flames igniting low
vegetation is the problem].

No wood fires or ground fires of any kind are allowed.

Hopefully that will helps others as well

Brad
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Re: Fires
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009, 11:28:10 AM »
They work great - or at least the model I have from Kozy Times http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/kozy-times-portable-fireplace/27636  I've used it at the bend before.  Really freaked out some off duty rangers who stopped by the camp one cold Feb evening - they initially thought we were were doing the unthinkable of having a ground fire - the faux logs really raised their suspicions.    However, they quickly "warmed" up to the idea in the sub freezing temps.   :icon_lol:

« Last Edit: June 10, 2010, 10:39:28 AM by RichardM »

 


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