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Old 03-25-2016, 11:27 AM   #1
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Gas firepit using trailer propane

I don't use grills much and wouldn't use the one that came with my camper anyway (anyone need one?) I would like to get a gas firepit but most require larger portable tanks which I don't want to fool with. It would be great to be able to use the camper propane. I know the fitting on the camper to hook to the grill is low pressure and that most of those firepits have high pressure regulators. I can see where people make the modifcations to make those work but I would be uneasy about doing this.

I've done some searching with no results but if anyone knows of a gas firepit that is specifically made to hook to the low pressure camper system, please share that info. I am hoping that some entrepreneur has developed such a product.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:33 AM   #2
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No idea! But curious, how do you cook?
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:06 PM   #3
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Can't help with your specific issue, sorry. I carry a Camco Little Red Campfire, and I love it. I also carry a spare 20 lb tank for it and my grill and my lantern. I have a propane tree that I attach to the tank to run the grill and lantern. To run the campfire off the tree, in addition to the grill and the lantern, I need an adapter that I don't have yet.

Rather than messing with a regulator delete or a specific low pressure fire pit, I would just carry a tank just for the fire pit. It's not that big a deal, and then you can put the fire wherever you want!
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:29 PM   #4
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I use a propane campfire pit that is fed from my trailer propane. I had a 20' Long propane hose made, with 3/8 npt fitting on one end and the quick release end on the other to tie into the trailer propane quick release. Works great. We camped for two weeks, used the stove, frig, water heater and campfire pit. I never ran out of propane. I have two 20lb bottles.
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I use a propane campfire pit that is fed from my trailer propane. I had a 20' Long propane hose made, with 3/8 npt fitting on one end and the quick release end on the other to tie into the trailer propane quick release. Works great. We camped for two weeks, used the stove, frig, water heater and campfire pit. I never ran out of propane. I have two 20lb bottles.
What type of campfire pit.....?
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We have to have wood burning smell from the old fashion camp fire. Usually have a camp fire going from daylight up to 10PM each day haha...

We use the Coleman Road Trip grill and indoor stovetop in our off-road camping for cooking...



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No idea! But curious, how do you cook?

I use the stove in the camper, microwave, small toaster oven, and small crockpot.
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We have to have wood burning smell from the old fashion camp fire. Usually have a camp fire going from daylight up to 10PM each day haha...

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That's great, and I love a good real wood campfire too. Problem is that TX has been in a historic drought for over a decade. It's just now getting a little more wet around here. So there's fire bans everywhere. You can still use a propane fire during a fire ban as it doesn't throw sparks or embers, and is considered just like your propane grill or other cooking accessory. So we get to have a fire no matter what.

Also, in TX in the summer, it's not uncommon for it to stay well into the 90s after the sun goes down and my propane campfire doesn't throw a lot of heat. So that means we can gather around a camp fire without worrying about heat exhaustion. Of course, the other edge of that sword is that it doesn't throw a lot of heat to keep us warm in the winter either.

And at the end of the night when we're ready to go in, I just turn off the valve, wait a minute for it to cool off, and go inside. No dousing coals or worrying about a hot spot re-igniting and burning the whole forest down.

While a real wood campfire is nice, there are many advantages to using a portable propane campfire.
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We have to have wood burning smell from the old fashion camp fire. Usually have a camp fire going from daylight up to 10PM each day haha...

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Roy,
How much wood do you burn through each day?
And with all the EAB and transporting firewood bans, it becomes harder to take a supply with you, unless you are camping relatively close to home.
Buying wood at state park and national forest campgrounds starts to get expensive real fast. Not only that, but they usually sell you slab wood which goes poof and burns up in just a few minutes.

I'm just wondering if you've got some suggestions, because like you, we love to have a fire going, but haven't figured out how to do it so wood doesn't cost us more than camping fees or gasoline for the TV.

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I've been wondering about this myself. While I love sitting around a campfire and relaxing in the evening, I've been kind of prevented by this due to DW's allergies; the campfire smoke aggravates them and if Mama ain't happy... well, you know the rest. Like a lot of other places, transportation of firewood around is prohibited, and the firewood supply available at campgrounds is either expensive, poor quality, or both.

So I've been looking into portable campfires, but I'm also looking for the convenience factor. Our trailer has two 30-lb tanks, so propane availability isn't a problem. I've already modified our Weber grille to work off the trailer propane supply, but I'd like to do the same with a portable campfire.

I found this YouTube video:



And although I haven't looked at any portable campfires to see how they're configured, I'm just wondering if the same method can be used for them.
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