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Old 08-21-2013   #1
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How high should the FirePan be elevated?

I am trying to figure out how high to elevate my firepan. Is a 4" height off the ground enough? I bolted 3 license plates together and used some old drape brackets to elevate it. Surprisingly sturdy and it comes apart for easy storage.
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I got a great idea from a coworker for a fire pan. I used a hog feeding pan and some legs from an old wood burning stove. The legs were connected with a nut, bolt and washer through holes drilled in the bottom of the pan. I topped the pan with an old grill. It weighs less than 10 lbs or so

The ranger at the Lodore put in also said that a "soda" can is exactly 4" and would meet requirements... but I'm not sure I believe that.
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Nice setup mcfarrel.
I have the firepan part...just working on a compact stand that will not scorch the earth. I will mainly be using it for aesthetic campfires and possibly some dutch oven containment.
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Here is my fire pan set-up. The idea came from another MB member. It's the Partner Steel compact fire pan, with 1 inch nuts welded to all four corners of the female side, and the outer corners of the male side. 4 inch long, lag bolts for the legs. Unscrew the legs and pack them away, and the fire pan compacts to a 15 X 13.5 size. The fire pan weighs 15 lb. and expands to a 13.5 X 25 X 3.25 size. Works great. Very stable, and with the fire blanket underneath there is no problem with the legs in sand. Since I don't weld, and I wanted it done right, I ordered the fire pan from Partner and had them weld the nuts on in the proper positions. Cost $60 shipped from Partner.
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I like the partner pan idea too. I have to put my leftover coals into another container but with that setup you could just put them in the male side and then close the female on top to contain them.

Also to get to the question OC1Rolls asked... I would think that with a fire blanket 4" is tall enough to avoid scorching the ground below the pan
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I am trying to figure out how high to elevate my firepan. Is a 4" height off the ground enough? I bolted 3 license plates together and used some old drape brackets to elevate it. Surprisingly sturdy and it comes apart for easy storage.
That's the dumbest [email protected]#$ing thing i've ever seen. You're joking, right?
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I like the partner pan idea too. I have to put my leftover coals into another container but with that setup you could just put them in the male side and then close the female on top to contain them.

Also to get to the question OC1Rolls asked... I would think that with a fire blanket 4" is tall enough to avoid scorching the ground below the pan
It works really well to snuff out the coals, and also protects from a muddy mess if you leave it out over night and it rains. Another nice thing it that you can alter the size of the fire pan to suit the number & size of dutch ovens in use. This makes it more efficient with the heat from the coals. With the 4 inch legs and the fire blanket I've not seen any scorching. This fire pan is half the weight of the big fire pans with the fancy legs, and costs a fraction of what they cost. If you like to grill, just buy a light weight cheapo grill top and lay it on top of the fire pan, works great.

My friends just borrowed my fire pan for a GC trip. It should meet the regs, as it is over 300 sq. inches, has a lip over 3 inches, and has manufactured legs. We shall see if it passes, and how it holds up when they get back. I have seen a commercially produced fire pan with the same legs, that's 19 X 18 inches, doesn't compact, and cost over $200.
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Also to get to the question OC1Rolls asked... I would think that with a fire blanket 4" is tall enough to avoid scorching the ground below the pan
Agreed. I actually really like the license plate idea. That would work great for kayak self-support... the only issue I have is lack of a lip.
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I don't think that license plate platform would pass by any ranger.
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Yeah. Maybe I could upgrade to better riser brackets. The jenky drape brackets was an attempt to recycle, reuse, renew some parts I had laying around.
Or maybe weld some nuts on the bottom of my round firepan like Cataraftgirl has. Those lag bolts look simple enough. I'll use a welding blanket underneath.
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