camp fires

Submitted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:07
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whats your favourite method of dealing with campfires? I go out with a few different people (all swmbo) and they all have different ideas on extinguishing fires. While a thourogh soaking is best this is not possible and i am not a big fan of burying as the coals will smoulder for days. I have been spreading the coals out and checking them midmorning before we move on but during windy periods this will not be a good option - opinions? oh and please no judgments on big campfires as it is not worth my while to produce a fire that does not confirm to shmbo expectations
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:34

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:34
I generally pull the water hose out the back of the surf and wet it down, then bury it. Can't be too carful IMHO and where there's smoke, there's fire.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:51

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 14:51
ta but water is not an option as these trips go for 1-2 weeks and water has to be conserved
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 15:12

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 15:12
We normally just open it out with the shovel and get the heat out of the 'pit', give it a turn over every so often , then when cooled off fill back in. Alwasys works a charm for us. Yes i understand shmbo needing to be nice and warm... :-) You could always suggest the swag - wink wink, nudge nudge........ Dont work real well for me either. hehehehehe
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 15:22

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 15:22
unfortunately shmbo= middle aged geologists and I wouldnt with yours
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Reply By: Bazza - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 15:48

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 15:48
G'Day Davoe,
If you can keep up a steady supply of beers ....... I can put it out for you! LOL
Regards,
Bazza.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 16:02

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 16:02
unfortunatly swmbo are anti fun machines and dont appreciate a) rampant beer consumption or b) uncontrolled urination within 2km of camp grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 16:36

Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 16:36
hmmm option b....lol

Leroy
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 17:01

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 17:01
How many SHMBO's do you have , I find 1 is 1 to many ( I hope Lex don't come in ) . If water is a problem I spread it out & then cover it up.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 17:13

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 17:13
sounds like the consensus and the answer is 3 and yes that is 4 times too many but they keep me in a job coz the blokes can go out by themselves
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 18:19

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 18:19
I usually spread the coals out and smother them with sand/soil. If there is a sizeable log left smouldering I use the washing up water to kill the fire. Always make sure that the fire has little chance of starting up again. As a rule I don't have a big camp fire, just enough to cook tucker or to make damper and maybe a log to burn before I turn in for the night.
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Follow Up By: duncs - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:04

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:04
Hey Willem,

Will be in Peterborough on Wednesday 26th May. Business meeting and will be tied up most of the day but will keep an eye out for the G60 and try to find you for a quickk chat if I get the chance.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:11

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:11
Hey Duncs,

I will be here. Send me an email willem at kempen dot id dot au and I'll let you have my phone number/street addy so we can meet up. Or drop in for a cuppa before you head back to BH. Time stands still in Peterborough.

Cheers
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 20:46

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 20:46
Have to agree with Willem.
SHMBO will probably want to do the mornings dishes before moving camp and that's where I'd be putting the dirty water after having spread the coals around the night before perhaps - depending on size of fire. As long as you don't stoke it before retiring for the night then it should be only a small task.
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Reply By: duncs - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:01

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 21:01
G'day All

As a firefighter I would endorse all of the above. I understand that water is not always a viable option but most of us do produce some waste water (one way or another) If the coals are spread and lightly covered with dirt maybe walk on it a bit then add any waste water and a good covering of dirt before leaving I would doubt that any major problems will arise.

Finally be aware of weather conditions and use a good dose of that difficult to find commodity; "Common Sense" If the conditions are dangerous, ie hot, dry, windy or any combination of the three, don't light the fire in the first place. You would be suprised at how quickly they can grow and how hard they are to put out.

Happy camping
Duncs
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