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      harbor freight - welding blanket - cut to size- done!
      Works, but will eventually give you splinters
      Plus one on just using a welding blanket. I've had the same cheep over from harbor freight since 2013, and it hasn't given me any issues. That's probably a sign that I don't get near as many trips in as I need to.

      I think one could buy a $7 tube of silicone RTV and squeegee it onto your HF welding blanket which would make it easier to clean and non-splintery. But the Fireside Outdoors "ember mat" is awfully nice and ready to go.
       
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      I think one could buy a $7 tube of silicone RTV and squeegee it onto your HF welding blanket which would make it easier to clean and non-splintery. But the Fireside Outdoors "ember mat" is awfully nice and ready to go.
      I wonder if that waterproofing technique of dissolving silicone in a solvent and then soaking the welding blanket in it and laying it out to dry might work too. I'd consider using canvas or other stuff if I was gonna go this route to avoid the itchies.


      With either technique, smearing or using solvent, spending the money on the Fireside or other silicone fireblanket might be worth it though.

      I've been on trips with those HF welding blankets and they aren't ideal. They absorb water so they get heavy and hold sand and debris and still burn a little if you get a hot coal on them. They definitely work though.

      I forgot the brand, but I got my fire blanket 5 years ago and its probably been used on at least 100 nights. Paid $75 for it at 4corners Riversports a while back. Whatever it is made from is sort of prone to splitting where you fold it. Still...its last like 5 or 6 seasons so far but I'm close to needing to replace it. It is definitely silicone over fiberglass and if you like let it brush over your arms while folding you sometimes get that fiberglass fiber itch. I've been on a trip or two with the Fireside one and its a much nicer blanket and doesn't seem prone to the splitting and it will probably be what I replace my existing one with.
       
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      Finally got a fire pan. Actually got a Pop up put for Father’s Day but now I need a fire blanket to go along with it.

      What do folks use for a fire blanket. Does a welding blanket suffice?

      Or something else?
       
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