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Smokeless campfires

| Updated Jul 3, 2018

We love sitting around a campfire. But, like a lot of people, we are not big fans of the smoke and mess that comes with a traditional campfire. That smoky smell permeates our clothes and even our hair and it can be quite unpleasant.

We stayed in one campground a couple of weeks ago where the smoke was so heavy it looked like the entire campground was enveloped in a thick bank of stinky fog.

Now we know, a lot of people like that smell. That's fine. But in crowded campgrounds, too many wood fires can create a real smoke cloud.  We're  seriously considering a different way to have a campfire.

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Mark Fawcett (left) and friends gathered around his portable propane firepit at our annual winter campout in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

On a winter campout in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula back in January, we spent some time around Mark Fawcett’s campfire. Mark is from the Minneapolis area and he was using a portable firepit that uses propane and did an excellent job in keeping us warm while providing all the ambiance of a traditional campfire.

The name of the firepit Mark has is the Outland Firebowl Model 870 Premium Portable Propane Gas Fire Pit. It comes with a Cover & Carry Kit and measures 19-Inches in Diameter , making it easy to store in the back of an RV. And we can attest to how warm and pleasant it is to sit around.

To see it yourself, here is the direct Amazon link –

Since we saw Mark's system in January, we have been seeing more and more RVers around the cou try using these systems for their campfires.

Not only are they smokeless but park rangers like to see them because they are safer. There's much less of a chance of a campfire getting out of control and starting a wildfire.

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2018-07-03

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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