|CAMPFIRE IN A CAN|
By David Austin
A few months ago I made contact with Nicole from Campfire in a Can. They have a very interesting concept of convenience in the Camping and Recreational Vehicle world. We all have experienced digging around in the trees and brush around parks and campsites trying to find enough branches and limbs to start a small camp fire. Trying to get damp wood to start as it smolders and we blow on the twigs, trying to get a flame to take hold and start burning. And also waiting for the fire to get burning hot enough to cook hot dogs or roast marshmallows over the open flames.
Well the folks at Campfire in a Can have come up with a solution to these hassles by packaging you a convenient portable camp fire in a can.
After a few months of research about their product, C4X4.COM agreed to check out the product a little closer and bring our findings to you, our readers.
With the New Years weekend ahead and the 2nd Annual New Beginning Run looming in the near future we decided this event would be a great time to put one of their units to the test. Nicole soon had a unit sitting on my door steps and we quickly loaded it in the truck for its ride to Disney, Ok.
With 2 of our buggies loaded on the trailer behind the Dodge we rolled into the Green Country Church Camp and unloaded the rigs and quickly got settled into the Dorm we had rented for the weekend. As we got organized many of the other excited wheelers began to arrive.
Even with all of the safety aspects of the Campfire in a Can we still chose to set the fire site up on the rocky driveway of the dorm. With winds being a little on the gusty side and with an abundance of dry oak leaves being present all over the camp, we still leaned a little to the cautious side. We would rather be safe than sorry and not burn the camp down.
I set the box containing the Campfire in a Can on the ground and open it. Then I began to set it up. I simply took the lid off and placed it on the ground for a stand. Opened up the top and poured in the lava like chips which give the appearance of coals around the burner. Placed the imitation logs into place and placed the cooking grills on top. At this point we just unrolled the conveniently stored gas line that is coiled around the base of the unit and then hooked it onto the propane bottle. We were then all set to kick back and relax and enjoy our fire.
Now, we just waited until dark. After hitting the rocks in the rigs for a few hours our group headed into camp. Plans were to grab a quick bit to eat and get back on the trails for a night run. In about 30 seconds I had a fire in place to take the chill out of our bones on this chilly December night. We passed out the hot dogs and went to cooking supper. Soon our hot dogs were cooked and we were read to get back to the action.
A traditional campfire would have taken quite some time to have had the flames dancing enough to cook the dogs, and with the gusty winds and dry leaves it would have bordered a little on the dangerous side and with the traditional camp fire we would have still had to let the flames burn out or doused them with enough water to drown at rat to make it safe to leave the fire unattended. But with the Campfire in a Can it was as easy as just turning off the gas and we were ready to head for the woods.
But really……… With the Campfire in a Can there was a few things missing from our normal camping experience. First was the joy of digging through the brush and stickers while looking for some kindling to start the fire and for the larger wood to keep it going. Second it was the time spent waiting for the fire to get burning hot enough to enjoy. Third it was the smoke that always chases you around the fire and burns your eyes. Fourth it was the flying ambers floating through the air and landing on your clothes, folding chairs or even in the dry leaves creating a fire danger. Fifth is was letting the fire burn down so it can be left unattended so everyone feels safe to go on to bed or onto other camping related activities and last but not least it was the scorched pile of ash and debris normally left when it was time to break camp.
Now truthfully, am I going to totally illuminate my old traditional campfires. No, I still love a good old wood burning camp fire. But the convenience and safety of the Campfire in a can will never be far away from my camping equipment.
I can really see how the Campfire in a Can would be a very handy piece of equipment to have as an RV’er or camper of any type. When you are traveling across country and staying in several different camp grounds where there is always a very limited supply of firewood to be found. With the ever growing number of regulations on cutting wood in different areas and transporting wood from one area to another geographical locations being forbidden, the appeal of the Campfire in a Can becomes even more attractive.
Some may say we are just getting lazy, but we are in changing times. We are in a world that is focused on convenience and yes, the Campfire in a Can is all about convenience as well as safety. I feel there is definitely a place for this product in the outdoors market that we live in today.
So I say visit their web site http://www.campfireinacan.com/ and check out the Campfire in a Can or stop by my camp site anytime and warm you buns by my CAMPFIRE IN A CAN
Until next time. OKIE OUT and God Bless You and Yours
David Lee Austin