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Old 05-03-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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Propane gas firepit

Maybe this is something everyone has known about...except me!

Just went camping down here at the beach a week ago and found out that many state parks now require gas propane fire pits. No more wood, especially with the fire danger out here.

Several other campsites had campfires and they all had this unit from Lowes.

So, we went on line and just bought one of these, tried last night in the back yard, and wow. I was amazed at how well it worked. It has a valve to allow a low frame up to the higher flame if really cold.

Reviews indicate a 20# bottle will last about 7 hrs of use.

Kinda weird having a fire and no smoke to have to deal with. Also, no smokey clothes at the end of the day.

My first thought was...this is just wrong.

However, after playing with it, I think we might forget the firewood and start using this instead. Call me crazy.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_466652-53470...0037272&rpp=32
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:30 PM   #2
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Quite a few years back we were camped up on the shores of Lake Superior. One night it started to storm real bad and the first responders came and moved everyone into the storm shelter. On the way over I noticed somebody had a campfire still going in the rain. After the all clear we headed back to the camper and that campfire was still going.
Went over and checked it out and that was exactly what they had. Pretty neat.
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Old 05-03-2014, 03:14 PM   #3
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We have a small Camp Chef propane fire pit that we carry with us occasionally. In the later part of summer here there are campfire bans in the National Forests on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mtns. Nice to have when sitting outside at night. I've even propped up my griddle over it and cooked breakfast. We'll also take it with us sometimes if we are going to a park with the sites close together or we don't want to deal with getting or paying for firewood.
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Old 05-03-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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Only problem I have with it is the expense. For me it's $20 to fill a 20 lb tank. Our fires are usually about 4 hrs long. That's more than half a tank about $12. It is convenient though.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:28 AM   #5
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We have one of these also, I just bought a few fittings and made it so I can hook the supply line to the quink disconnet for my outside kitchen. Now no extra bottle to carry unless I want to.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:41 AM   #6
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We've had one for about 5 years. We don't use it all the time but they are great to have for fire bans. Also, we weren't allowed a wood burning fire pit in our back yard so this was a great alternative. Ours states that it'll last 18 hours on a 20 lb tank.
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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Only problem I have with it is the expense. For me it's $20 to fill a 20 lb tank. Our fires are usually about 4 hrs long. That's more than half a tank about $12. It is convenient though.
Understood, but not having a fire while camping is something the grand kids just don't understand.

We'd rather just spend the little extra, however, ever bought firewood from the camp host

Not sure you're any further ahead.
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:05 AM   #8
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This unit from Lowes is much better than some I have seen, unfortunately not available in Canada. Lots of campgrounds we are in have fire bans and this is a good option - also easier to start and shut down and since I sometimes get really stuffed up from real campfires this would be a great alternative.

I like the fact I could remove the regulator and hook it up directly to my on board propane like I did with my Weber Q220. We are heading north this year to Alaska so unlikely to find this unit - normally we head south into the USA and would pick this up on the way. Price is way better than the others I have seen - up here the only one I have seen that is comparable is the Camco Big Red Campfire and its about $200.
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My neighbors bought one of those propane fire rings from Lowes and it was nice, but it did seem to burn through the propane faster then stated.
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This unit from Lowes is much better than some I have seen, unfortunately not available in Canada. We are heading north this year to Alaska so unlikely to find this unit - normally we head south into the USA and would pick this up on the way. 00.
We went to Lowes.com and ordered it right to our doorstep at no additional charge. Took about 3 days to receive.
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