Fire Pits

RV Fire Pits

Fit pits a crucial part of camping

What would a RV camping trip be without a campfire? Granted, most campgrounds might already have you hooked up with a mediocre fire pit. However, if you have an RV, you probably do not intend on restricting yourself to only designated campsites. Maybe you are going to the desert where it's extremely dark and quite possibly painfully cold at night, in which case, going without a fire pit does not sound like a plausible option. Even if it's not cold and dark, fire pits will continue to go down in history for being one of the primary sources to your camping fun, whether it's for cooking food (especially s'mores) or just for the pleasant aroma of warm flames and that calming sound of the fire crackling.

Fire Pit Safety Tips

Things to consider when adding a fire pit
How much to spend? Costs can be as low as $100 if you plan for a small fire pit, buy your own stones and dig the hole yourself; or if you purchase a simple unit at a big box store. But they certainly can also go up to several thousand dollars, especially when seating is added.

Permanent vs. portable.
Most RV owners will be wanting a portable solution as they are always on the go, however I do know of some RV owners that stay in one spot all year long and may prefer a permanent fire pit.
The options for portable fire pits are equally varied. There are fire bowls that come in a variety of materials. Copper or stainless steel bowls are usually lighter, but heavier cast iron bowls also do a nice job of radiating heat. Fire tables are similar to bowls, but are often made at coffee table height. There are also chimney-style options (freestanding pieces with a chimney-style vent) that come in a range of materials.

Wood or gas?
While there are alternate fuel types, wood or gas seem to be the most common choices. Those who favor a true outdoor smell usually prefer burning real logs.
An alternative is to use gas or propane for an instant fire. It’s not as hot as a wood fire and you don’t get the same crackle and smoke for the true RV camping experience.

Safety tips to keep in mind:
A fire of any kind requires attention for safety.
Check wind direction before you light a fire
Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc) to light or relight fires
Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fit clothing
Avoid using soft woods like pine or cedar, because they can “pop” and throw sparks.
Know how to safely dispose of ashes
In some part of the country–areas prone to wildfires, Insure it’s safe to light a fire in your area before enjoying a night around the camp fire.