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Old 02-16-2011   #1
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Welding Blankets/ Firepan blanket on sale at....

I just found a welding blanket for $25 at harbor fright which is about 1/3 of the price I've seen elsewhere. Although there tools aren't the greatest this should work great for the firepan.

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Old 02-16-2011   #2
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They work alright. Not great when embers sit and simmer on the blanket. You're lucky to get a couple trips out of the Harbour Freight version.

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Old 02-16-2011   #3
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Yah there are different grades of the stuff. I got mine on eBay, some 15 yards of black fiberglass welding blanket for $40. Still holding up OK.
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Old 02-17-2011   #4
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why do you need a welding blanket for a fire pan?
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Old 02-17-2011   #5
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to spread under your fire rig to catch the sparks and pops that jump out and make beaches black. if you have ever camped on a pristine beach and had a fire it can make a difference.

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Old 02-17-2011   #6
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Underwater welding?
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Old 02-18-2011   #7
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I got 2 trips out of mine and threw it out. Sparks would pop off of wood and burned right through the blanket.

It got wet and started to stink worse than the wet dog.
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Old 02-18-2011   #8
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Originally Posted by jpbay View Post
why do you need a welding blanket for a fire pan?
More places are starting to make it required equipment like Dino.
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Old 02-18-2011   #9
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When I was looking a few years ago, I learned that getting one that is coated is important. If not neoprene coated, the fiberglass sheds horribly. I found this one and has been pretty good. Sand has destroyed the finished edge, but doesn't shed like the uncoated ones.

Tillman Welding Blanket - Medium Duty Coated Fiberglass 590

FYI - Many rivers are requiring a fire blanket in addition to a firepan (Yampa, Green, Grand).

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Old 02-18-2011   #10
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I've heard that the Harbor Freight blankets are cheap for a reason. I just ordered a 4x3 ft 36 oz silicone treated blanket from these guys for $40. Will let everyone know how it does when I use it.

WeldShield Welding Blankets

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