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Old 06-19-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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What do you use to tend the campfire

I am addicted to campfires and will have one going whenever possible. Was wondering what people use to move the burning wood around. I have used just another piece of wood and for a while I used a short piece of rebar. While playing golf yesterday it dawned on me that an old golf club may be the perfect answer. It has a padded handle, is long enough to keep you away from the heat, and has a built in hook on the end. We are leaving today for a short 2 day trip and I will be adding an old 7 iron to my tool box. Old golf clubs are available at most thrift stores for 1 to 2 dollars apiece. Does anyone have a special tool for the campfire?.........happy camping!
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:32 AM   #2
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I bought an inexpensive wrought iron fire poker from a local hardware store 2 years ago that I keep in my camper all the time. I used to use the stick or wood method but this is just so much nicer. Now I wonder why I didn't do it much sooner
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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I've been using the stick method for years. My reason is mostly my curiuos kids love to pick stuff up and find another use for it .

Hot or heavy iron tools won't work around my crew yet...at the very least they have a black crayon to work with the next day. Sometimes I keep a solo cup of water next to me for the marshmallow sticks or poker cooling.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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I use a 3ft piece of 1" steel gas line. It works great for moving pieces of wood around and i use a wet whipe to clean off the dirty end off before putting it away in my storage compartment. It was free and doubles as a good bear poker if I needed it (don't ever want to test it for that however).
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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I just plan my fire ahead of time when stacking the wood on it. I know it sounds weird, but you can get an idea of how the stack will shift. Once thats done, I either use my foot, or another piece of fire wood. Once I hit 35, I don't build roaring bone fires like I used to. A nice cooking fire is good with me.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:40 AM   #6
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i use same as dmax 83. made a nice xmas present seeing we all love camping
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Last year our camping neighbors were packing up and offered us their left over firewood. They left, shortly after my wife and when to get the wood and found they had left behind this awesome pair of steel pliers with a handle end and a grabby/hook end (almost like a really long ice block carrier) I grabbed it and pedaled my bike as fast as I could to the office to catch them before checking out but ye owner said I just missed them. He wouldn't give me there address to mail it back to them (which I can sort of understand) SOOO ... we've been ising that ever since. Sure beats using a stick. Plus, I love gadgets and oddball tools. Everyone always asks what it is.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #8
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I have a pair of firewood tongs. They're about three feet in length.
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Last year our camping neighbors were packing up and offered us their left over firewood. They left, shortly after my wife and when to get the wood and found they had left behind this awesome pair of steel pliers with a handle end and a grabby/hook end (almost like a really long ice block carrier) I grabbed it and pedaled my bike as fast as I could to the office to catch them before checking out but ye owner said I just missed them. He wouldn't give me there address to mail it back to them (which I can sort of understand) SOOO ... we've been ising that ever since. Sure beats using a stick. Plus, I love gadgets and oddball tools. Everyone always asks what it is.
So that's what happened to my tool.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:30 AM   #10
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Like the OP, I love having camp fires. I even built a fire pit in my back yard, so I could have fires all year long. I've always used a hickory handle to manage the fire. The hickory burns very slow and it's a great way to get rid of all those broken shovel handles. A single handle will usually last the entire year and when it gets too short, it becomes another piece of firewood. Good recycling!!
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