Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-12-2015, 03:47 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Hattie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 711
Fire Pit Alternatives

Outdoors we love the ambiance of a real wood fire in a pit, but ... in the California State Campgrounds the pits all now have sides at least 2' high and so if you start a fire in the bottom, you can't see it when sitting in a chair! Whether it is a combination of safety concerns OR our drought, there seems to be more and more campgrounds eliminating fire pits. For the ambiance, the solution and trend seems to be towards the portable wood-free propane pits. Experiences? Recommendations? What are the attributes you look for if purchasing one? Thanks for the input; pictures or links to examples are appreciated.
__________________

__________________
Hattie
"I just go where I'm towed to"

Genealogy Community Social Group Moderator
__________________________________
2015 White Hawk 25BHS w/Outdoor Kitchen
2015 GMC Sierra SLT 2500HD Z71/4x4 Duramax
Son's 2016 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 + gifted 1984 Coleman Sequoia Tent Trailer
Hattie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Paintinfool3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Fort Wayne
Posts: 1,272
I have ambiance fireplace inside camper ... I like a real fire outside lol
__________________

__________________
2011 F250 King Ranch Crew Cab Diesel , 2015 Jayco Eagle 338 rets
Paintinfool3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2015, 05:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
wags999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Surprise
Posts: 1,500
In many states local laws will mandate what you may use for a fire pit.. Stupid campers that feel it is necessary to have a fire as tall as themselves (I've seen many of these) will wind up having fires prohibited.. When I worked in California...we allowed fires, in a ring (stone in our case) but only knee high...and it has to be attended 100% of the time...no going inside to pee or walking to the bath house..I can't tell you the number of fires I extinguished because no one was there.. it is also why we had fire permits when most campgrounds around us didn't...we had a zero tolerance for non attended fires.


I purchased my propane pit from Costco 3 or 4 years ago. Works well, great ambiance, immediate on and off and does give out heat .


Their are many zealots in our country that would love to outlaw fires...ATV's...and camping in general. Unless we as a community act responsibly we will have no one to blame but ourselves.. only have fires in designated fire pits...attend it 100% of the time and always keep it under control. And enjoy the outdoors !
__________________
2011 Toyota Tundra double cab
2015 27RLS
wags999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2015, 06:49 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Edd505's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Elephant Butte, NM
Posts: 1,190
Camped with a buddy last year that has the propane pit. We had it under an open awning and it gave enough heat to stay comfy and the fire place flicker and light, only thing missing was trying to stay out of the smoke as the wind changed.
__________________
2017 Durango G353KRT 2006 F350SD 6.0 LB Crew
2000 F250SD SRW 7.3 LB Extended Cab Air Bags
2014 Eagle 30.5BHLT (sold)
2007 Layton 245LF (sold)

Learn from others mistakes, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt
Edd505 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2015, 09:34 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
fielro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Trussville, Al
Posts: 2,094
Well said waggs999. I agree
__________________
Ron, Barbara & rescues Beamer (Lab mix), Buddy (Cavalier spaniel), Ruger (Golden retriever), Stanley (Bassett/Springer mix) and 3 grandsons
2012 Jayco Feather 29L BH
2015 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax and Equalizer WDH
fielro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2015, 09:51 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Dolores
Posts: 34
I purchased a camp chef portable propane fire pit before I did my 3 week trip to California in June. We used it about half the time, mostly in Sequoia and Half Moon Bay. Worked great, even cooked hot dogs and marshmallows on it with the kids.
Sw7000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2015, 10:31 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,243
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hattie View Post
Outdoors we love the ambiance of a real wood fire in a pit, but ... in the California State Campgrounds the pits all now have sides at least 2' high and so if you start a fire in the bottom, you can't see it when sitting in a chair! Whether it is a combination of safety concerns OR our drought, there seems to be more and more campgrounds eliminating fire pits. For the ambiance, the solution and trend seems to be towards the portable wood-free propane pits. Experiences? Recommendations? What are the attributes you look for if purchasing one? Thanks for the input; pictures or links to examples are appreciated.
Search Craig's list for "washer drum fire pit".

We started use these for our required "on sand " beach pits in Pismo, but now we have figured out how to easily add legs of verying height using pipe and pipe flanges for exactly the reason you state.

On CL you can get an unimproved drum for $15-$25, if you get one that someone has built a stand or added legs they climb up to $50-$75.

Probably not going to find one in SF Bay Area, but sounds like you roam enough that you could get one one next time you are in the valley. I have personally seen them on CL in Modesto, Fresno, Tulare and the central coast. In fact Lopez Lake in SLO county sells them at the marina.
__________________
2007 Chevy Duramax LMM/Allison
2012 Jay Flight 29QBH
2012 Jay Flight 26BH (Sold)
clubhouse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2015, 01:24 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
BCx213's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Langley
Posts: 428
I have the Outland propane fire pit that I bought from Costco. This work great and I have used it under my awning on rainy days. It puts out enough heat and ambience. It is our back up during campfire bans.
__________________

__________________
2012 Jayco Jayfeather X213
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie Quad Cab 4x4
BCx213 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
firepit

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


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:32 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.