The Environmental Fireplace is a Campfire in a BoxJanuary 19, 2016
After naming the blog campfires and kids the the first piece of gear we purchased was related to campfires. When Dwane worked for Nahanni River Expeditions they took fire boxes on their canoe and rafting trips. He remembers them as really easy to use, while creating really good heat for cooking and warmth and providing a good cooking surface. The added advantage which is important to us is that they don’t leave a fire pit scar at each campsite.
We found the boxes being sold by Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in Saskatchewan. Their sites credits the idea to the legendary canoeist Bill Mason. They come in 4 sizes, from small to large. We chose the medium as we are only cooking for our family not a whole guided trip. The medium can accommodate two good sized pots.
Our order only took a week to be shipped from Saskatchewan to Salt Spring Island, BC. It was freshly welded so we decided to lite a fire right away to season it. We enjoyed an outdoor fire in our yard on a nice Sunday in January.
At 8 lbs 12 oz it is too heavy to take backpacking but it will be a great addition to canoe or raft tripping. We would also take it along for car camping when staying outside of designated campsites. Important accessories to bring along are fire gloves so that you can pack up the box when it’s hot. The box cools down fast when you get the ashes out but you will need the gloves to handle it safely. Another important accessory is metal spatula to dig coals out of the fire and put them on top of the dutch oven.
We look forward to many good fires in our new environmental fireplace!