My wife got one last summer and I didn't think much of the thing.
But, we have been using it this winter and I have to say I have come around.
It puts out some pretty good heat.
We also have been using it on our patio that has a couple sides enclosed and it works great to heat up a reasonable area.
When camping, it kind of depends on how hard the wind is blowing.
But if you stand close, you can defenitely get warmed up.
I also just picked up and adapter to run it off the MH tank, but have not used it yet.
I normally carry a 20 lb tank for it.
I'd recommend it if you can find it on a good sale.
"CAMPFIRE IN A CAN" is the best. Puts out a big flame like a real wood burning campfire. I thnk 64K btus. Uses a lot a propane. I would guess at 3/4 setting your 20# propane tank will last 2 nights for 5 hours each. Costs lots more than "little red campfire" I think all most $300. So you choose less cost and less flame or high cost a big flame. I bought one about 2 year ago at $239 so I could have a campfire in Utah where no wood fires were allowed. Cost has gone up in two years.
My new DRW and camper on the truck the first time.
Another vote for Campfire-In-A-Can... Actually Little Red does an OK job, too, but, I prefer the Campfire version.
It will do the "bonfire" type flame as shown above in another post, but, it will also do a low burn that is better for 'smores The low flame is also great for warm nights when you don't need heat, but, would like the ambiance of a flickering flame:
It was around 90 degrees when the wife decided that she'd like some 'smores. No problem...haul it out, plug it in, set the valve to barely on and we've got 'smores and can still stand being around it
They aren't as "pretty" to watch...no glowing embers, no crackling, no "smoke in your eyes", but, when there is a burn ban in effect or there just plain aren't any campfire rings (I noticed more and more CG's that didn't have them at all this year), these little canned campfires fill the bill. They set up fast, are infinitely adjustable, aren't affected by burn bans and "turn off" when you are done. I wouldn't cook hamburgers or other "grease droppers" on them, but, I've cooked hot dogs, grilled sandwiches, popcorn, etc. on them and they beat just sitting around in the dark. I've got ours modified to plug into the low pressure plug on the 5ver and it draws off the main tanks so that I don't need to haul around 20 lb tanks just for it.
My 2 cents, your mileage may vary...
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Little red campfire.... we have had one for 6 years. We love it, anyone that comes to visit also love it. On chilly nights in Yuma we can light it under our awning and it will actually warm up the area we aer in. Also very good aviance to have a fire.
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If you do a search for my previous posts, you should be able to see the picture.
Does it really blaze up that tall?
My Camp Chef's flames are quite a bit shorter than that, which is why we can use it under the awning...
Thats the kind of fire I want its close to our normal wood fire. I think I found what I want, glad I did not buy that little one at the RV show.we usually have 5-10 people around the fire at night. hope it will not warm the beer to fast.
yup, "campfire in a a can" this is the one we have. you can adjust the flame from almost nothing to that big flame shown. People who have seen ours and the "little red campfire" in almost all cases prefer ours, but it is more expensive. It can really go through the propane, at full output it is 80,000BTU/hr or almost 1gal/hr of propane. By comparison the typical RV furnace is in the 30-40K BTU/hr.
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