Camping just isn’t camping without the smell of food cooking on a campfire grill over open flame. Or how about stretching your cold, tired feet out toward a warm, toasty camping stove inside your tent? However, we all need to be extra careful when working with fire in the backcountry, especially in times of drought. One small stray spark from a camping stove or campfire can be blown far enough away that we don’t notice that it has started a wildfire. And that little wildfire can quickly get out of our control and potentially burn thousands of acres, costing millions of dollars in resources and damages. Consequently, we need to bear in mind a few basic fire safety tips.
The most important safety feature on your camping stove is a spark arrestor. Spark arrestors come in a number of designs, which work with varying degrees of success. We have designed our spark arrestor to be not only effective,but also easy to clean with a removable screen. A clogged spark arrestor will cause the smoke from your camping stove to back up into your tent. Spark arrestors will also protect your tent roof from that same stray spark that may start a wildfire, thus preserving your expensive equipment. Our spark arrestor works well with Riley Stoves. Because Cylinder Stoves uses nesting stovepipe, to use our spark arrestor with Cylinder Stoves, the spark arrestor will need to be installed between the stove and the first piece of stovepipe. Another alternative is to place one piece of straight pipe in the stove, then insert the spark arrestor and then insert the nesting stove pipe in the spark arrestor.
Before you build yourself a fire so you can use your campfire grill, the first thing you need to check is the firehazard posted by the Forest Service or your local authorities. If thedanger is high, open fires may be prohibited. If open fires are allowed in the backcountry area you will be visiting, then Leave No Trace guidelines recommend that you use an existing fire ring, rather than starting a new one and damaging more area (this applies to campsites also). Once you have located an appropriate campsite with a fire ring, it is always a good idea to keep a bucketful of water or pile of sand nearby to quickly douse any unwanted sparks that jump out of the fire.
Now that you have safely built your campfire, it is time to cook dinner. And a campfire grill is just the ticket. The basic model of campfire grill is simply a grate that rests on two stones on either side of the fire. These are typically small and lightweight, but do not have any adjustability. The Adjust-A-Grill campfire grill, however, offers you versatility and safety. This campfire grill is attached to a stake, which has been set in the ground. You then have the ability to raise and lower the campfire grill as well as swing it out away from the fire to tend your food away from the flames.
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