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The best part of the stupid tricks fire pan is it weighs nine pounds. I'm the builder of the first one and been using it for 4 years now and it just keeps on ticking. Cooks great. I use the trash lid to melt cheese on the burgers, to cook food faster and to cover the coals when hitting the sack. Elevating the charcoal off the bottom allows the coals to burn to dust overnight. If you remove the cooking grate and set the lid directly on the pan it smothers the fire/coals.

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Old 12-14-2014   #32
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This is awesome- Thanks for the inspiration!

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Old 12-14-2014   #33
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An advantage to the Behrens pan, (where legal), is that it is smaller and often one does not need a massive fire for smaller groups.
Less impact.
On a variety of things.
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Old 12-28-2014   #34
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has anyone mentioned a DIY firepan like this one:

Here's one that I would like to make sometime...

The Fire Pan | Self Support Kayak Camping.

It might be a bit finicky. Thought it might be fun to give it a shot though. Ha!


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Old 12-28-2014   #35
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It does look very size efficient.
It would breakdown to a petite space.
In a simple sleeve 3.5" x 7.5" x 16" for a 335 sq with a pan 3+ inches high. With space for tongs, gloves and channel locks.

It would be stable.

There would be a small set up hassle on long days.
General repair kit would need a couple spare wing nuts/bolts.

There would have to be a limit on bragging time around any campfires.
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Old 12-28-2014   #36
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lchastai, is that aluminum? I've got an 12" X 16" aluminum one that I use on summer desert floats when heat is not needed just Ambiance, and only weighs 7 pounds. It's also great for those fire ban trips when it is still required to carry. The dutch oven fits perfect in it.
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Old 12-30-2014   #37
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FYI- Cabellas has a fire pan that looks like is on sale.

Cabela's Fire Box : Cabela's
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Old 12-30-2014   #38
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Looks halfway descent for a knockoff. Biggest problem I see is the hinged lid isn't fully removable which means the backside isn't usable for campfire, i.e. less people around fire.

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Old 12-30-2014   #39
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The problem I'd have with the Cabelas fire pan is the weight. The Cabelas fire pan weighs 54 pounds, which is 25 pounds heavier than a Cambridge fire pan. I sold my Cambridge and got the compact Partner Steel because of the weight and bulk of the Cambridge. 54 pounds would make my old Cambridge (which I nicknamed The Beast) seem like a feather.
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I'm pretty sure it is aluminum... I thought I might make it over the winter. Might be fun. You could bring a few spare parts, I think.

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