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Mine came in while I was out on a trip at the end of last week so I haven't gotten to try it out yet.

It looks to be very well built with high quality materials. I'll be out on the river for an overnighter next weekend and will break it in then and take some pictures of it in action. I'm also going to bring along my IR laser thermometer so I can get some measurements of how well it dissipates heat.

It looks bigger in person than what the measurement would suggest. I guess I had the image of a "traditional" river fire pan set up in my head and this is considerably larger.
The only drawback I see so far is that there is no way to easily set up a cooking grate...which is fine because then you start nullifying the benefits of a lightweight design.
 

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I use a fire pan mostly to support Dutch Oven cooking. This means 3 somewhat pointed legs on your wire mesh. Can the mesh support this type of use? On a standard flat (heavy) fire pan the DO is very stable. Can it wiggle on this mesh or is it fairly stable? A lighter fire pan is very desirable to me.

We've done some testing with a dutch oven on the mesh, the mesh does hold up to the weight but it stretched the mesh a little funny because of the concentrated weight.

Here in 6-8 weeks, we'll be launching our portable grilling grates. These will fit over top of the Pop-Up Pit yet still, fit inside of the bag to keep the portability.

We'll keep everyone updated as things progress!
 

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I have had mine out on a multi-day trip. I was worried that the ranger would not accept it when the gear inspection took place. But she just thought it was "really cool".

The first "fire" wasn't a fire; we started the charcoal and placed a 14" aluminum dutch oven on it. It handled it without issue. The only thing to be aware of with this when using the dutch is that the coals burn faster then when sitting in the bottom of a traditional fire pan.

I ordered it with the optional heat shield. I attached the heat shield close to the top of the pit. The Velcro attachment strips melted during the first real fire we lit. But that was the only bad thing. I will be ordering another heat shield and attaching it lower.

My rating: 5 stars! Super lightweight. Super easy to setup. Super easy to move around. And, as advertised, due to the screen bottom, the wood burned quickly, hot, and down to very small ash.

BIG thanks to the Fireside Outdoor team for this design!
 

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WOOO!

I have had mine out on a multi-day trip. I was worried that the ranger would not accept it when the gear inspection took place. But she just thought it was "really cool".

The first "fire" wasn't a fire; we started the charcoal and placed a 14" aluminum dutch oven on it. It handled it without issue. The only thing to be aware of with this when using the dutch is that the coals burn faster then when sitting in the bottom of a traditional fire pan.

I ordered it with the optional heat shield. I attached the heat shield close to the top of the pit. The Velcro attachment strips melted during the first real fire we lit. But that was the only bad thing. I will be ordering another heat shield and attaching it lower.

My rating: 5 stars! Super lightweight. Super easy to setup. Super easy to move around. And, as advertised, due to the screen bottom, the wood burned quickly, hot, and down to very small ash.

BIG thanks to the Fireside Outdoor team for this design!



Fantastic to hear your pit worked out great!


Sorry to hear about the heat shield. We realized a little too late that some of the direction for how to use the heat shield is confusing so we're redoing that with a video here shortly. The heat shield has to be about two inches below the top connectors of the frame.

Go ahead and message us your order number/address and we'll get you a new heat shield on the way free of charge.

Also, would you mind if we used your review on our website? We will not alter it in any way and will post it in its entirety.
 

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Fantastic to hear your pit worked out great!


Sorry to hear about the heat shield. We realized a little too late that some of the direction for how to use the heat shield is confusing so we're redoing that with a video here shortly. The heat shield has to be about two inches below the top connectors of the frame.

Go ahead and message us your order number/address and we'll get you a new heat shield on the way free of charge.

Also, would you mind if we used your review on our website? We will not alter it in any way and will post it in its entirety.
I would be happy to allow you to use this as a review. However, I would prefer to write a better review for you. I was not complaining about the melting heat shield connectors; I figured it was a learning experience for me. I also took some pictures if you want them.

I did PM you my order number.
 

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does the current "FIRE" 20% off PROMO code work for the fire pit? i cant seem to get it to apply when checking out

We were having issues with the discount code applying in some geographical locations for some reason. Everything should be fixed now!

If you have anymore issues at checkout go ahead and give me a call and I'll take care of ya. 623-251-8284
 

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I ordered one, I'm a sucker for peoples intersections of craft and passion.

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I have one. I really like the weight and the way the legs fold up. I like to do kayak self support and fire pan weight is a big problem on self support.



My issue so for is the mesh bottom does not look to me like it will last, but that is to be found out as these units get more use.


My intended primary use is for my dutch oven. I emailed the manufacturer that I planned to use some scrap aluminum I have on top of the mesh as a firm support. Was told that was not a good idea and to wait for the aluminum grate the manufacturer has planned.



I will probably run some tests and report back here on solutions to make the unit work better for dutch ovens.
 

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I have one. I really like the weight and the way the legs fold up. I like to do kayak self support and fire pan weight is a big problem on self support.



My issue so for is the mesh bottom does not look to me like it will last, but that is to be found out as these units get more use.


My intended primary use is for my dutch oven. I emailed the manufacturer that I planned to use some scrap aluminum I have on top of the mesh as a firm support. Was told that was not a good idea and to wait for the aluminum grate the manufacturer has planned.



I will probably run some tests and report back here on solutions to make the unit work better for dutch ovens.

Glad to hear you're happy with the Pit so far! The Fire Mesh is made from a special stainless steel alloy designed to withstand repeated heating and cooling cycles. It will eventually break down and stretch (we're estimating this point to be at around 50 fires) at which point you'll need a new Fire Mesh ($18.95).

One of the big features we wanted to have with the pit was the modular design that way if you accidentally break something on the pit you just buy what you broke instead of a whole new pit.

We are working as fast as we can on the new grilling grates but we did only launch the Pit two weeks ago so we're still getting the lead out as far as production goes!

-Triston

Let us know if you have anymore questions!
 

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Hey All,


Quick Update: We were having some questions from other customers about how the Pop-Up Pit folds up to actually pack away. Figured we post the video of it going together to give everyone a better idea of the construction of the pit and I've also added an image of everything that comes with the base kit.




Here ya go: https://youtu.be/bv8hIghQV0I




Let me know if you have any questions

-Triston
 

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I just got back from my Smith trip.

As advertised it burned the wood to a fine ash. I built a BIG fire in it and other than the expected discoloration it is none the worse for wear.

I held the mesh up to the light and it shows no signs of damage.

The only thing I wasn't sure about is how it would hold up to a week of being packed and unpacked, and buried in the stack with my kids climbing all over everything. It held up great and there is no noticeable...anything. I didn't baby it, but I didn't try to break it either. I just used common sense and packed it with the rest of the gear.

Unless I do something stupid with it, I expect it will last a very long time.

Now the trick will be to see if it gets past the gear check for my Main Salmon trip...
 

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Good for Grand?

Interested in adding one of these to my rafting equipment but more immediately so for an upcoming Grand. The NPS link you folks provided earlier shows the dimensions required for Canyonlands NP where the lip height only has to be 2 1/2" high but the GC has to be 3". What is the actual side height on this firepan? I looked on your site but could only find area size. Probably getting one regardless , just curious on the Grand compliance. Thanks ...
 

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Interested in adding one of these to my rafting equipment but more immediately so for an upcoming Grand. The NPS link you folks provided earlier shows the dimensions required for Canyonlands NP where the lip height only has to be 2 1/2" high but the GC has to be 3". What is the actual side height on this firepan? I looked on your site but could only find area size. Probably getting one regardless , just curious on the Grand compliance. Thanks ...


Great Question - We actually built the pit to be entirely compliant with the strictest of regulations GC included - The requirement calls for 3" sides so we went with 3.5" just to be safe.

Hope this helps!
-Triston
 

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Ok that quick reply gets a sale right there. Thanks Triston. Certainly don't expect you guys to answer work e-mails at night but appreciate the response. Checking in with buddy as we may get one each. Thanks again.
 

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I bought one a couple weeks ago, showed up right before my JD trip... no fires on that trip so I didn't take it nor use it, but I handed it to my 7 yo in the garage and he set it up in about a minute without reading directions and only one suggestion from me... sooo, it's definitely the easiest firepan I've ever seen to set up. Well maybe except the oil pan on the ground... but it's twice that size for sure. I'm liking it so far!

I can see at least 2 future mods, not to fix anything but add functionality. I'll post more on those when I get to them.
 

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Proof of Compliance

Hey Tristan. I bought one of your new fire pans as soon as I saw it. I think it looks great. I was hoping you could provide some documentation that it meets the river requirements. The only ranger I got to show it to was a bit skeptical. Let me know as soon as you get your grill up for sale - I'll buy one of those too!
 
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