Simpson Desert

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What is the availability of fire wood in the simpson desert for a bit of warmth at night and for doing some cooking for a planned trek across in late June?
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 10:53

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 10:53
Heaps of it
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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 11:17

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 11:17
As is often said you can't always believe what you read, some mags say to take fire wood in cause its scarce, its not true there's bucket loads.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 19:14

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 19:14
Have you been there? It used to be called the Simpson Forest and now it's called the Simpson Desert. Ha ha ha ha.
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Reply By: brushmarx - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 12:58

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 12:58
No real shortage, but keep in mind that all the wood acts as homes for insects and animals, so to cater for your comfort could destroy the habitat for desert wildlife.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 13:53

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 13:53
I prefer to carry my own wood. Just pack it in a potato sack on the roof.
As someone said- it may be just laying on the ground, but it may be a home to a beasty or two.

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Reply By: RodKB - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 13:58

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 13:58
Yeah there is some in places but cook on gas if poss, and use it sparingly. Much of the desert has only low scrubby bush and not really campfire stuff.

Along creekbeds there is often more but desert trees grow slowly so wood is not replaced as quickly as in wetter climates.
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Reply By: Member - Chris R (NSW) - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 17:56

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 17:56
Most of the wood is scrubby spindly stuff and low fire value. More convenient to carry it in than take and burn in this area

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Follow Up By: marq - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 18:45

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 18:45
Burns very quickly the stuff out there.

Note the is not much around the larger camping areas.

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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 17:46

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 17:46
Lewy most of the key camp spots are fairly void of timber as are the collection areas leading into Dalhousie. Over the majority of the desert there is plenty of small timber particually around the clay pans & creek systems. Although it looks pretty rubbishy & burns fast, the white ash stays hot for hours being perfect for camp ovens. Use what you need & collect it away from the main camps (like Purnie Bore/Poepells cnr) to avoid stripping the area.
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