I want to add some more thoughts to the subject to tarp-ology (the study of Tarps). I have kept up on the most recent tarp threads and just want to put out some alternative ideas.
The biggest problem with the nice big expensive tarps that are commercially or custom made is that they are nice tarps made out of expensive material that costs a bunch of time and money. The other problem is that once you dump that kind of cash in to a tarp the last thing you want is your fire pan anywhere near the tarp.
I have now made a couple of hybrid tarps systems that start with a poly tarp and then address their short comings. I like to use white tarps in the 16x20ft range as the base layer. (below I'll post a link) I reinforce all 4 corners and add 1 1/8" D rings. I sew the D ring to a piece of 18oz PVC using a piece of webbing and sewing Triangular reinforcement with D ring to each corner of the tarp. I then have a way to add a permanent center line that runs from one corner to the other. The Mods cost about $75 and the tarp runs $40.
For less that $120 (Plus ropes and anchors) you can get a solid system that works well and you won't feel the need to put the fire pan in the next zip code. I will be happy to give you rigging tips and tricks with any purchase.
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Thanks and stay safe out there.