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Hi all,

Anyone know if there are actual size requirements for fire blankets on the Yampa? The regs just say "sufficient size to catch coals and ashes around the fire pan." What size do you use?

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I just got the campfire defender fire blanket this spring, and I really like it so far. I haven't put it through the wringer yet, but it seems very durable and well thought out and constructed. I always appreciate good customer service too, and my experience so far has been top notch!
 

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This is what I bought
https://www.wardsci.com/store/product/8882159/nomex-fire-blanket
Adheres to all regs everywhere I've been, although I admit that I haven't had a ranger with a tape measure, or even one that actually wanted to put eyes on it, just wanted to know if we had one. Your experience may differ, but I find that if I have all the gear neatly piled for inspection, and don't have to dig everything out for inspection at the ramp, things tend to be a little smoother at check in.



Not to mention it's $50 bucks cheaper than most any blanket with Campfire in it's name.
 

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Fiberglass though, I'm a welder and have used these, right before throwing them in the trash.



1) you can easily burn a hole in them,

2) fiberglass gets in your skin, just like insulation for a house, and

3) the ones I initially purchased from General Air welding supply in Denver were way higher quality than Garbage Freight, handle them once and itch for the day / night etc.



For 50 bucks more, get the Nomex. It's what Firefighters Bunker gear and wildland turnout gear is made of. Yes, you can eventually burn thru anything, but the Nomex is much more burn resistant than fiberglass, and it doesn't leave itchy glass slivers in your skin.
 

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Fiberglass though, I'm a welder and have used these, right before throwing them in the trash.



1) you can easily burn a hole in them,

2) fiberglass gets in your skin, just like insulation for a house, and

3) the ones I initially purchased from General Air welding supply in Denver were way higher quality than Garbage Freight, handle them once and itch for the day / night etc.



For 50 bucks more, get the Nomex. It's what Firefighters Bunker gear and wildland turnout gear is made of. Yes, you can eventually burn thru anything, but the Nomex is much more burn resistant than fiberglass, and it doesn't leave itchy glass slivers in your skin.

I agree with your thinking but, I almost never need to use a fire blanket, (no fires). So the cheapest way to pass inspection works for me.
 

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I agree with your thinking but, I almost never need to use a fire blanket, (no fires). So the cheapest way to pass inspection works for me.

Truth be told, I use a propane campfire, heat, ambiance and no mess. Yes, you do have to haul propane, we used 2 20# bombs on our February grand launch, 28 days to Pearce and had 4 inches of propane left in one bomb at the end of the trip. We did bring a conventional firepan for grilling, as one can't cook on the campfire.
 

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I agree with your thinking but, I almost never need to use a fire blanket, (no fires). So the cheapest way to pass inspection works for me.

Truth be told, I use a propane campfire, heat, ambiance and no mess. Yes, you do have to haul propane, we used 2 20# bombs on our February grand launch, 28 days to Pearce and had 4 inches of propane left in one bomb at the end of the trip. We did bring a conventional firepan for grilling, as one can't cook on the campfire.
What propane firepit do you use? No smoke, smell, sparks, firewood to gather and ashes to drag home sounds nice.
 

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We use the woodland powerstove for fake fire.. it works great just put the spreader in and your good to go.

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What propane firepit do you use? No smoke, smell, sparks, firewood to gather and ashes to drag home sounds nice.

I use the EZ Campfire, was produced in Loveland, CO. Got mine thru the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Assn online store. It's sweet, provides both ambiance and heat, deploys and packs up in 30 seconds. I had heard that the manufacturer quit making them due to lack of interest, and possibly the inability to effectively market it.



Here's a link to a DIY one for those of you that have the skills and the time, I personally think I'd use different materials than the video chose, the idea however is solid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9a1xax-0Tg
 
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I use the EZ Campfire, was produced in Loveland, CO. Got mine thru the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Assn online store. It's sweet, provides both ambiance and heat, deploys and packs up in 30 seconds. I had heard that the manufacturer quit making them due to lack of interest, and possibly the inability to effectively market it.



Here's a link to a DIY one for those of you that have the skills and the time, I personally think I'd use different materials than the video chose, the idea however is solid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9a1xax-0Tg

1/2” black iron pipe left over from roller axles. If anyone wants one we can bend but the rest is up to you. I have another version that sits flat and works in an 18x30” firepan.
 

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We use the woodland powerstove for fake fire.. it works great just put the spreader in and your good to go.

Doesn't it suck propane? is hard to tell from the photo how high it's turned up, but if memory serves is 60K BTU stove. How many nights do you figure given a 3 hour burn per night would you get out of a 20# bomb?
 

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This is what I bought
https://www.wardsci.com/store/product/8882159/nomex-fire-blanket
Adheres to all regs everywhere I've been, although I admit that I haven't had a ranger with a tape measure, or even one that actually wanted to put eyes on it, just wanted to know if we had one. Your experience may differ, but I find that if I have all the gear neatly piled for inspection, and don't have to dig everything out for inspection at the ramp, things tend to be a little smoother at check in.



Not to mention it's $50 bucks cheaper than most any blanket with Campfire in it's name.
According to the link you provided, it's either the same price for a blanket half the size, or thirty dollars more for a blanket that's a little bigger. I have no affiliation with the Campfire Defender folks, but it seems a little disingenuous to claim that their blanket is expensive while posting an alternative that costs more.
 
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