Camp fire?

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Camp fire?

Postby MumtoMonsters » 12 Apr 2013, 13:27

So, birthday party down the woods tomorrow. Chances are it will be raining. I have a (very cheap, but unused) gazebo, and there is a covered veranda.

Is it wrong to shelter the bonfire under the gazebo? I can't figure out how I feel about it, I've never done a bonfire in the rain before!
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby Laura Tyewa » 12 Apr 2013, 14:10

If I were doing it, I'd make it a small fire, and have at least one side open for air flow.
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby MumtoMonsters » 12 Apr 2013, 14:13

Definitely no sides on the gazebo. It's really cheap!
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby FestiveTidings » 12 Apr 2013, 15:50

What material is the gazebo? I would worry regarding sparks and floaters from the fire would ignite it.

We were always taught that fires should be outside and away from any shelters :(
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby MumtoMonsters » 12 Apr 2013, 16:14

I have absolutely no idea what it's made of. I've seen plenty of people run BBQs under them, but just because other people do...
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby supermansmum » 12 Apr 2013, 18:46

Thinking of our cheap gazebo that bit the dust in a strong wind then I'd say no. I assume you were just planning a fire on the ground..it might be a bit safer in a pit or bin, or coal for heat but no big flames.
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby ches » 12 Apr 2013, 20:36

No, I would not. It will be difficult to get the fire going in the wet, but once it's going a little drizzle won't deter people from standing around it and if it's bucketing down go to a pub.
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby robyn » 12 Apr 2013, 20:40

I wouldn't, are you taking dry wood with you? I'd take dry wood if you're going to attempt it, but I wouldn't do it under a gazebo.
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby StJuniper » 12 Apr 2013, 23:29

Even ignoring the fire Hayward from sparks, wouldn't the smoke just all collect under the gazebo and make it hard to breathe? You could put it a little ways outside though so people could still stand under the shelter and feel the warmth.
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby Brigitte » 13 Apr 2013, 01:39

Definitely not, it doesn't sound safe. Bring your dry firewood and build the fire away from the shelter. Do you guys have any birch trees in your area? Birch bark is an amazing firestarter in the rain, it burns hot and quickly even when wet. (Only take birch bark off fallen branches on the ground, never off a live tree no matter how tempting the peeling is.) (Unless it's a matter of wilderness survival vs. wilderness death. Then burn whatever you want.)
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Re: Camp fire?

Postby MumtoMonsters » 15 Apr 2013, 09:26

Sorry, I should have explained, I had no concerns about the fire or warmth, I just didn't want soggy sausages. Still, if you ply people with enough beer they tend not to notice!
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