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38 minutes ago, Back Pack said:

Hard to have fire in some states. More often than not we can’t have them.

Fires are allowed in about half the campsites we visit. Generally, they are allowed when we go car camping and disallowed when we go backpacking.

37 minutes ago, Tampa Turtle said:

We do low impact fires and bring our own firewood.

Same. We always bring our own supply of firewood. Gathering firewood from the surrounding forest is never allowed it seems.

The only exception is at our BSA summer camp. At that location, there is an incredible amount of dead wood on the forest floor and it is a terrifying fire hazard. They encourage the Scouts to gather and burn the excess dead wood for small campfires to reduce the hazard.

43 minutes ago, Back Pack said:

Maybe fires are another tradition that needs to go away. 

@Back Pack  I agree with almost everything you say on this forum, but not on this point.

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1 hour ago, Back Pack said:

Hard to have fire in some states. More often than not we can’t have them. When we do they are low impact fires. Our unit enjoys fires too but has made a commitment to conservation. Fires are only when necessary. Maybe fires are another tradition that needs to go away. 

The only camping trips that we do not have fire at is when the area is under a no burn order or during the summer when the temperature is very hot then on a small cooking fire.

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In Texas....  We have had 2 years in a row with severe fire bans, not even a candle allowed.

LUCI light campfires have replaced campfires often.

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1 hour ago, gblotter said:

@Back Pack  I agree with almost everything you say on this forum, but not on this point.

I was being argumentative on purpose. There are some that are quick to throw out traditions such as OA for lesser reasons than conserving natural resources. Yet I’ll bet they’d defend their need for campfires if folks came looking to ban their use too. I just find that ironic. What’s the phrase, not in my backyard. 😎 I love fires too. Would not want to ban them but I don’t think big fires for no reason are a good use of resources. I’ll bet many here agree. Sounds like you do. 

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4 hours ago, Tampa Turtle said:

We do use fire for staring at. 

I do too but in Texas that's not always possible. We try to be conservation-minded. We don't do Texas A&M-style bonfires. We tend toward lower impact fires...still good for staring at.

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