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Could you camp without a campfire?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by vart, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. vart

    vart

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    I could not.

    My wife wants to go tent camping in the nearby mountains and there is a strict fire ban in effect.

    I just could not fathom camping without a campfire to sit around and enjoy...:crying:
     
  2. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    Most places with burn bans still allow personal camp stoves. I've used something similar to this for a decade now, and all the ones I've tried have been fine.
     

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    *ASH* in hell everyone loves popcorn

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    we have had campfires and we have not had campfires , to us its no big deal . plenty of other enjoyments .

    if not being able to have a campfire meant that we would not go is stupid
     
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    I've done it a number of times. It does change the experience but it isn't that bad. Bring a book and read in your tent. Make something out of wood. Cook on a camp stove.
     
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    Start drinking earlier. That way, you won't care. HH
     
  6. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

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    I like a camp fire but can do without. A stove or other means of heating food is nice but if necessary a 'cold camp' is doable.
     
  7. cyphertext

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    This. If my son's Boy Scout troop just didn't camp due to fire bans, they would not have had many camp outs last year.

    Sure, Smores aren't as good, but you make do.
     
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    Beat me to it. :supergrin:
     
  9. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Silver Member

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    We almost never had fires at night, when I was in the Field, in the Army. Once your eyes adapt to the dark, a few strategically placed chem-lights provide plenty of light. Eric
     
  10. vart

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    I wouldn't go so far as to call someone stupid for not wanting to camp without enjoying a campfire...

    A huge part of the enjoyment of camping is sitting around the campfire with friends, enjoying a drink, cooking hot dogs and smores...

    It just wouldn't be camping to me without one...
     
  11. Batesmotel

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    I cold camp all the time.

    #1 In the Utah desert we get fire seasons with a strike "no open flame" rule. No flame! Including stoves and even lighters.

    #2 I do a lot of long exposure night photography. I don't want the light.

    I just plan ahead with my food, usually a sandwich.
     
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    He is not saying that you are stupid. He, and I buy agreeing, are saying that it is a stupid action to give up camping due to not being able to have a fire. There is more to camping than just having a fire...getting into the great outdoors and away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life with some down time to relax. You don't have to have a camp fire to enjoy the outdoors.
     
  13. vart

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    To me, it'd be like shooting without targets...:dunno:
     
  14. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    yup, I have no need for a fire in a hotel or RV. That's as close as I'm getting to camping ;)

    I prefer not shooting at targets. Cans and such are so much better.
     
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    I would/could camp without a fire but I'd be quick to complain that it wasn't the same.

    I enjoy a nice fire in the AM to go with coffee and one in the evening to go with conversation.
     
  16. cyphertext

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    Would you not enjoy an amusement park if the big roller coaster was closed? How 'bout not going to the zoo because the gorilla habitat is closed?

    I still go, just have to find other things to enjoy. Instead of having a drink and watching a fire, have a drink and look at the stars.
     
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    ChuteTheMall Witless Protection Program

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    I've had to camp many times without fires, it's a good experience.

    If it's an entertainment issue, take along a portable TV.:animlol:
     
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    The burn ban is a circumstance, and temporary.

    If you're happily married to a woman who enjoys the outdoors with you, then get packed and get gone, quit whining.

    You can build a fire some other time.
     
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    That's the way , I have a three burner propane , two burner multi-fuel and two single burner stoves MRS whisper lite and a coleman sportster. Many state and Fed. parks have no burn bans.

    Why do I have so many you ask ? I muffy camp with my wife.air mattress , Coffee maker , all the soft stuff and I go solo with totally different gear but I'll always miss a camp fire.

    Also , above the timber line in a ten ft foot snow base you can't have a fire but I still go. Your in your skis so long , you forget how to walk but , I'll still go with a good Steven King book >
     
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    yep, quite often