Well, a wood fire is out of the question. If you chance it, you’re going to end up getting a hefty fine, which is no fun, or worse, start a forest fire and potentially do some real damage. Better to err on the side of safety with this one.
Of course you still want to enjoy your time outdoors, but what options are there aside from a wood fire? Great news! Usually, unless conditions are extreme enough to warrant otherwise, the use of portable stoves or portable campfire apparatuses are allowed during fire restrictions, as long as they follow a few simple rules. This way, you can still get that authentic campfire experience, without compromising the forest around you. Win/win for the forest and for you!
Want to know more about current bans or restrictions near you? Visit the Fire Prohibitions and Area Restrictions page of the Ministry of Forests Wildfire Management Branch today!
Keep in mind, you need to do your homework with this one. Many commercially available propane campfires are NOT CSA or ULC approved, and are not fully adjustable (remember, you have to be able to adjust the flame height to comply with the law). So it’s really important to do your homework when purchasing a portable propane campfire, to make sure it is appropriate to use during a fire ban. Ask LOTS of direct questions – otherwise you could very well could find yourself not allowed to use your new campfire.. even though you just bought it for the trip!
A very helpful resource to help you find the perfect portable propane campfire is Campfire Compare! This site has 11 of the top brands and looks at 10 features that you should consider when purchasing (such as the CSA/ULC approval), and is a great place to start doing your homework.
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