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Old 07-01-2015, 10:51 AM   #21
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Not all campsites have fire pits and we have no desire to haul a portable or propane fire pit.
  • Going for a local campground and there is a fire pit? Haul it.
  • Going for an extended trip, buy it.
  • If staying where there are evening ranger events, enjoy THEIR campfire.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:26 PM   #22
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Every time I tote some firewood with me it seems like I bring more back home with me after my camping neighbors give me their unused wood that they don't want to be bothered with on their trip home. So far I haven't gotten busted by the campground constables for bringing my own firewood yet. I'm sure one day I probably will and I'll have to buy it back from them after they put it one of those silly little bundles of theirs! LoL

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(snip) So far I haven't gotten busted by the campground constables for bringing my own firewood yet. I'm sure one day I probably will and I'll have to buy it back from them after they put it one of those silly little bundles of theirs! LoL
There seems to be some confusion (at least on my end) as to who enforces the transportation of firewood in those areas with restrictions. I doubt CG hosts look for it but some states like Connecticut have addressed this with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/TOB/S/201...867-R00-SB.htm
Boulder and parts north are in quarantine from the emerald ash borer...https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agp...rald-ash-borer

Not sure that Colorado contributes a large amount (if any) to the ash tree harvesting supply but transporting firewood has the state's attention.
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Where I live, Wisconsin, there is a very strict restriction on distance firewood can be brought. Minnesota is even more strict. BUT that said each state has firewood available at ranger stations or some other designated place. Also local firewood can be purchased that may be more suitable for cooking over.
I really like bringing my own firewood as many others, did so for many many years and today do so to the local State Park legally. Otherwise I purchase, besides on a week or longer trip just could not carry enough.
Kinda funny as even though restricted in carrying wood distances I think the threat of insect damage is only slightly reduced or delayed. In my time saw the Elms disappear, now the Ash trees are going fast, next could be ???... Arrgh!!

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I can see why a campground would want you to buy wood at the campground
A cord of wood can cost anywhere from $100 to $200 for a cord But you pay $5.00 or more for a bundle which is about .75 cu ft. of wood. A cord of wood is equal to 128 cu ft. At $5.00 a bundle that equals $850.00
Having worked at a number of campgrounds, I will tell you wood is not a big money maker. Very few campgrounds will cut and package their own wood, just not practical. Wood is purchased from a vendor, who has to package and deliver a relatively small amount at a time, much less than a cord. Campgrounds will put a small mark up on the wood, but also have to inventory it, store it, sell it and then clean up after it. It is a convenience item only, as are many of the products sold in camp stores.

If fire pits only contained burnt wood it would be fine, but obviously most people feel a fire pit and a trash pit are one in the same. Daily you will find everything from egg shells, cereal, dog food, water melon rinds, chicken bones, various paper trash, diapers...used of course... all that have to be picked up and disposed of properly. So, from a selfish stand point I would rather everyone have a propane fire pit...save us from hours of work daily.

Out west it is the pine beetles that have killed a great portion of most of the forests. They have been spread by infected wood being transported from place to place. Just spend a few dollars and purchase local wood. Most wood sold in the west is from dead beetle infested trees, for which there is not much other value. It helps to remove the trees and pays someone to do that work, thus, saving our tax $ from going to haul and burn the wood.
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I always wondered why so many folks think it's appropriate to burn their garbage in the camp fire. Don't they have garbage bags? Do they really need to stink up the whole campground with the smell of their burning trash?
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Thanks everyone for the replies. Was not aware the government has rules in place for enjoying campfires with my family. Just for that I will be filing the bed full waiting for them to stop me I wish them luck.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. Was not aware the government has rules in place for enjoying campfires with my family. Just for that I will be filing the bed full waiting for them to stop me I wish them luck.
Agree, and if they ever say anything I would casually ask what they are doing about the millions of pallets and crates trucked around this country. That is not kiln dried, and believed by many authorities to be the initial source of EAB and the primary way it spread.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. Was not aware the government has rules in place for enjoying campfires with my family. Just for that I will be filing the bed full waiting for them to stop me I wish them luck.
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Agree, and if they ever say anything I would casually ask what they are doing about the millions of pallets and crates trucked around this country. That is not kiln dried, and believed by many authorities to be the initial source of EAB and the primary way it spread.
So why even bother to ask questions if you aren't willing to be enlightened as to the reality of the world that you share with others?

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So why even bother to ask questions if you aren't willing to be enlightened as to the reality of the world that you share with
I didn't ask.

I don't live in an area the prevents moving firewood, as I mentioned previously and as you link supported.

I never agreed to give our government(s) more authority than the constitution provided for them.

I believe the government has way overstepped the bounds on many issues, including this one.

I believe the government knows these pests were introduced in shipping crates and pallets, on which there is still no restriction on moving including through our national forests.
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