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Old 10-07-2014   #1
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Propane campfires?

What works for you? GCPBA used to carry a brand but can't seem to find it at their store, discontinued? Thank for any help.

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Powerstove Campfire Logs

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$68 retail for the logs
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X2 on the Power Stove option. Works great as a blaster for heating dishwater pronto on jet blast, then insert the flame diverter to turn it into a passable camp fire facsimile. I use cinder rocks out of my home gas fire pit, but ceramic fire place logs would do it too. I have also used it on the damped down setting for a Dutch oven, just have to move the DO around every few minutes to not scorch one spot too much. The whole thing folds up pretty much flat when done.
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I also have the Woodland ceramic logs and have used them a few times. I already owned the stove and always bring it along. Aside from heating water, it works great to start up the charcoal chimney and as a torch to get wet firewood started.
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I have the Camp Chef Portable Fire Ring, about $70 at Amazon. It comes with a grill to use for cooking, and is basically a small propane/lava rock grill, with a little more flame. Burns about 1 lb. per hour when cranked up. Works good for a little ambiance and warmth during the shoulder seasons, and I'm happy with mine. Only thing that would make it better would be a tight lid for strapping on its side in a crate or drop bag, though it does come with a fabric cover/sack. Also, the gas valve and hose attachment point protrudes from the side...would be nice if that fitting was recessed. I might try a quick release fitting there with a short extension.
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Old 10-07-2014   #6
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Originally Posted by Riverboat Works View Post
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$68 retail for the logs
Woodland Power Stove Accessories are a cruel joke. I had no problem buying the stove and I still see them for sale on dealers shelves. I tried to purchase the ceramic logs numerous times with no result; even the local dealer threw his hands up after a couple days trying. Woodland Power Stove folks do not return calls or reply to email or letter in my experience. Too bad as the stove is a valued piece of equipment.
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How much propane does it take to feed a 65,000 btu burner? I'm guessing that an hour around the 'camp fire' is going suck a lot more gas than bacon an eggs on a 15,000 btu camp stove.

Some on-line research provided this rule of thumb for propane usage.. "The quick & dirty formula we use in the industry is 100,000btu's burns a gallon an hour"

So if a 65,000 btu burner uses .65 gal/hour at full throttle
a 20 lb bottle (4.73 gal) will last about 7 1/2 hours total burn time.

Can anyone with experience provide input, how long can you run a big burner on a 20 lb can?
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Old 10-07-2014   #9
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I know that my Power Stove sucked the fuel down quick. I use a 11lbs pancake bottle and it used more than half in two days of boiling water for dishes and one night of heating dinner when we ran out of the small green grenade propane. But it sure is nice to boil water FAST. I love it.
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We have just carried pressed logs when wood is an issue. Considered prooane fire on the grand and the group decided on logs instead. We were very happy with the choice.

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