For most campers, a campfire is camping, and there really is no way around it. Staring into a campfire floods you with memories of times spent with family sharing stories, singing songs or roasting marshmallows.
Come the summertime, whether they are private campgrounds or RV parks, provincial/state parks, recreation sites (forestry sites), or national parks, most allow campfires unless there is a fire restriction brought on by prolonged dry hot conditions. With the warm weather happening each year earlier and earlier, it sometimes feels like we're always hearing the word "fireban" mentioned when planning our camping trips.
Well, a wood fire is out of the question. Wood fires have sparks and embers that can float great distances and cause forest fires in tinder dry areas. If you are caught with a wood fire, chances are good that you'll face a hefty fine - or worse - be held responsible for any damages done by a forest fire you caused. Better to err on the side of safety with this one.
When there is a fire restriction campers can still enjoy an authentic campfire experience by using a portable campfire device that is CSA or ULC approved, as a safe alternative. The flame length of portable campfires should not exceed 15 centimetres (6 inches). Portable campfires are spark and smoke free and provide campers with comfort and heat. Many include a cooking rack allowing campers to make cowboy coffee or cook with a skillet.
Portable campfires can be purchased at local hardware, camping or RV retailers, and online retailers. Some campgrounds including many Provincial/State Parks and Private Campgrounds even rent propane campfires for camper use. Please note though, that when conditions warrant, portable campfire and stove devices may be further restricted or even prohibited. For more information on local conditions, or on acceptable portable stove and campfire devices, click here.
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!
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