Camp heater advice?

Submitted: Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:09
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G'Day,

I regularly camp with my kids and fish, and sad to say, but the old campfire is becoming an issue.

There is not the supply of wood lying around there used to be at dams.

Buying it and taking with us, is present option, but expensive.

(not to mention SWMBO wingeing bout all our clothes stinking of smoke!)

I saw a kerosene camp/space heater in a camp shop a while ago, specifically designed for outside use, was wondering if anyone tried them and any good.

Now please note I'm not talking your average old kero convection heater.

These ones I'm on about are custom made to heat outdoor areas, one I saw was bout $90, and about 12-14 inches round with a large red hot guaze area on top to emit heat.

My thinking is.... kero is cheap and available, I know fumes issue but would use outside purely as a replacement camp fire..... any good???

Coleman do one that runs on unleaded, but these days prices of fuel that would be an exy option too!! Also dont want a propane one either, purely as its another cylinder to cart around / fill etc.

Anyone got any experiences of the type I'm thinking on?

Much appreciated,

Ron
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:18

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:18
Hiya Ron
I have no info about heaters except to say I would steer well clear of anything connected with petrol. too dangerous where kids are and if burns occur where do you go , a good drizabone jacket of which i have really keeps one warm ,I know the atmosphere is not there but what else ya gonna do

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Follow Up By: Ron173 - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:37

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:37
Yeah youre right

Ron
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:31

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 20:31
Take a half a dozen nice small pieces of redgum with you. Dig a small hole and use that. It's amazing how a very small campfire can be just as nice as a big one.

I just can't see anything replacing the real thing.
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Follow Up By: Ron173 - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:38

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:38
I agree too, need to resource more ideas.
Ron
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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 21:17

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 21:17
Ron,

Buy yourself a cheap chainsaw, (I've got a Talon that cost me $160), go for a drive and collect some perfectly sized logs.

Kero heaters stink and do not produce the campfire experience.

A camp without a campfire is like a day without sunshine.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Ron173 - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:40

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:40
This sounds the go.

Only trouble is in state parks which most dams are in, youre strictly not allowed to cut wood, and a chain saw singing out advertises that you are doing so.

Ryobi do a cordless one that is 18v rechargeable, read a few good reports on it, now that could be the answer.... no-one knows your cutting wood. sounds great.

Ron
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Follow Up By: Ron173 - Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 09:11

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 at 09:11
Hey Jim,

Where did you get your Talon for $160 then mate?

Rgds

Ron
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 21:37

Sunday, May 07, 2006 at 21:37
What about a collapsable brazier and a buying heatbeads in bulk to get the cost down or brickette type fuel.. Michael
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Reply By: Redback - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 09:52

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 09:52
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"I regularly camp with my kids and fish," end quote;

I wanna know how he goes camping with fish, does he take them in a bowl or has he a fish tank in the back of the 4b ;-))

Never heard of anyone camping with fish.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 10:17

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 10:17
You're right! It sounds a bit fishy to me!
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:01

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:01
I don't know about that Baz, I'll often take along a can of sardines.
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Reply By: Robin - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 10:45

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 10:45
looked at those Ron but never got one.

Apon investigation they delievered only about 8000 BTU
about as much as a little fan heater, and its simply not enough.

Same applies to all the other standard type heating attachments
for camping.

The only really effective unit are those patio heaters in various
sizes but there a bit over the top.

While its also not adequate, I have small coleman shellite single
burner stove. These things deliver the most energy/size you can buy.
Have a stainless steel strainer which I put over the element and it
radiates slightly more heat than the kero unit you refer to.

Great hand warmer, but thats it.

Forgot, the coleman stove/strainer saved the day for our group
once at a cold windy Coongie lakes where fires were banned.

Those Kero stoves vary a lot in price, down to $29.95 once but even
at that I thought it would just end up in a corner unused.

A chainsaw is our most commomly used track aid and we never go
anywhere without it so usually we find wood.
However it can be an issue and if you have to buy something
have found that those logs you buy from reject shops etc
can be very effective when obtained at a sale, in fact because
the burn so effectively you can carry enough in a small bag
along with kindling for a few ours of warmth in the bush.

Robin Miller
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 16:20

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 16:20
"Have a stainless steel strainer which I put over the element and it
radiates slightly more heat than the kero unit you refer to."

Try a terracotta plant pot, yachties use them on their metho stoves & they put out lots of heat!
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:35

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:35
Heatbeads are good, even without a brazier.

Plenty of heat, last a long time and no smoke.
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Reply By: Ron173 - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:42

Monday, May 08, 2006 at 18:42
Thanks for replies.

Think I'll prob go the chainsaw and just go 4bying to find some when close to camp

Ron
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