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Friday, June 4, 2010

A Really Cool Hot Thing.

Campfires, the quintessential element of camping.  The smell of burning wood, the warmth, the Smores!

And the Emerald Ash Borer, the bug that's mission in life is to end campfires once and for all.

The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive, non-native species is sweeping across North America, killing off trees by the hundreds of thousands.  There is no known way to stop it, and it hitch hikes around in wood, like pallets and firewood.  Many campgrounds have prohibitions in place against bringing in firewood, effectively snuffing out campfires.

So what is a camper to do?  We found a solution at the RV-Dreams Rally, a portable campfire.

It is fueled by a 1 pound propane bottle.

The bottle screws in underneath.

Once the propane bottle is in place, you can put the lava rocks on top of the burner.

One simple knob lights and adjusts the flame.

It is small, easy to carry and store away.  It's about the size of a small waste basket.

It is available at Walmart for about $25.  It even comes with a plastic storage cover.

On top of the plastic cover is printed this warning.  Please tell me there really are not people out there that need to be told this!

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to leave a comment.


  1. Good solution to the Emerald Ash Borer. Thanks for that.

  2. That is just too neato!

    Yes, the emerald ash borer is here in Wisconsin now too. We are making a point of only buying firewood from a local vendor right outside of the campgrounds we frequent, leaving our own wood at home for our fireplace in the winter.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard