We got back Sunday from a 7 day trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. I was happy to save 25-ish pounds by leaving the steel fire pan at home. It passed inspection at the ramp, though the ranger asked several times if any ash passed through the screen. I said no and that we would use the heat shield below it.
Our group of 11 put the pan through its paces, having a fire most nights and a couple mornings. I think they might have sold a couple more to the people on my trip. The fires started easily, burned beautifully, with little leftover ash.
Also, I'm very impressed with the customer service of Fireside Outdoor. I had pre-ordered a grill grate and asked if there was any chance they could send me one in time for the trip. They poked around for a prototype, boxed it up, and sent it to me just in time for the trip. Worked awesome.
I'm wondering if I may have used the heat shield incorrectly. After our fire on the first night, I noticed that the shield had burned in the center and that the velcro straps had melted. I don't think we had it too close, but I made sure it was much lower for subsequent use. We didn't have any further issues.
The carrying bag held up well, though it seems susceptible to some of the sharp edges. Time will tell on that. It may work just as well to get a piece of canvas and a couple straps to roll it up than to shove it into a bag with a drawstring. The canvas might also contain the leftover ash dust a little better than the bag. I noticed the bag would give off dust when putting it into my dry box.