Originally Posted by GregMB
Does anyone know where I might be able to order (online) a fire blanket like the one in the link?
4-K Outdoor Supply - The Fire Blanket
If not, I'll start calling the dealers on that page to see if they still carry them. Need one of these for a river out in CA.
The problem with this solution is you generate a lot of ash and charred soil as you need to cover the blanket enough so the blanket doesnt melt and the heat doesnt char the sand/earth below the fire. Thats a lot of dirt to harvest and dispose of
Some of this invariably will spill past the blanket as it has no sides, leaving quite a bit of evidence of the fire
A responsible boater practicing leave no trace should pack out and remove these ashes and dirt instead of finding a place to discard them. Mine make it to our compost pile at the end of the trip
You can do much better using a commercial firepan, a few river rocks to elevate, and a much smaller ash pile that will fit in a small ammocan
If you do responsibly pack them you wind up being able to use the same dirt/charcoal for the base of your next days fire. I start my trip with a 1/8" sprinkle of sand and end each day with some nice chunks of charcoal good for the following days burn
I've even seen firepan makers are starting to custom make their pans to specific dimensions to fit just below a cooler