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Author:  pawistik [ April 8th, 2016, 1:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Environmental fireplace question

Allusedup, where are you located? I have one of the environmental fireplaces from Ric at CRCO. I like it but it depends on the trip. I certainly wouldn't bring it on a 2 person trip with lots of portages, but one for a group is fantastic. Also I've done trips down the South Saskatchewan River (no portages) where the water level was high, the sandbars and sandy banks were under water, so I was able to have fires in the fireplace up on the grassy bench on the river bank. With a layer of sand in the base of the firebox you can put the fire anyplace you want (nearly) without worrying about damaging the ground and what's growing on/in it. Camping on the shield it's nice to be able to place the fire wherever I want it - be it out on the rocks to enjoy the view, or nestled out of the wind to weather the storm.

I'm in Saskatchewan so if you ever wanted to have a look at mine, give me a shout if you happen to be nearby. As mentioned, there are other options and this stove is not hard to make yourself if you want to work with light steel. Ric's version is well made though, much nicer than I could make myself.

Cheers,
Bryan

Author:  allusedup [ April 8th, 2016, 7:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Environmental fireplace question

Hi Bryan,

I'm glad to hear from someone who's used one. I was thinking of it for my wife and myself, as we usually go just the two of us. I'm definitely concerned about the weight, but it is nice to be able to move the fireplace to a location where the tarp is, when the weather gets ugly. Oh, and I'm located in Winnipeg.

I did think about making one myself also, but I'm not a great metalworker.

Maybe I'll get one next year, when we're planning some group trips.

Author:  paddle4fun [ April 8th, 2016, 9:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Environmental fireplace question

I have made 2 of those fireplaces.
Both are 16" long, 10" wide and 8" high.
I modified a standard GSI grill to sit on top.

The first one needed metal shop equipment to build, as it was constructed from 18 ga. stainless steel. Together with the grill, it weighed in at 12 lbs. It was built like a tank and was relegated to car camping trips only.

I built a second one out of 26 ga. 304 SS, and was able to do all the cutting and bending with just tin snips, metal vise, hammer etc. It still isn't a feather weight at 6lbs including the grill. However, it has made it on some portageless or low portage trips. On Georgian Bay it is nice to have a campfire out on the rocks without leaving a scarred mess behind.

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Author:  chris randall [ April 8th, 2016, 9:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Environmental fireplace question

The latest variation on my Yukon Firebox

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This one is about 14" by 10" and 8" deep.
Weight around 7.5 lbs so not for the go light enthusiast.

$100 Cdn plus GST + shipping

Author:  Paddle Power [ April 10th, 2016, 4:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Environmental fireplace question

allusedup,

If you are in Winnipeg, so is Chris, the above poster. His Yukon Firebox would be excellent for you and your wife, or for a 4 person group.

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