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BurbMan

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Posted: 10/19/20 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

YES they put out a fair amount of heat. Here is a clicky to the link that richclover provided, we have the same firebowl.

The lava rocks do retain heat and it's easy to make s'mores and toast hot dogs. The fire is hot enough to enjoy in all but the coldest conditions.

A wood fire will put out more heat but ONLY after it's been burning several hours and has established several inches of ember bed.

Comparing to a wood fire is like comparing a gas grill to charcoal. For most of us the convenience tips the scales, but there will always be purists that won't cook over anything but charcoal.


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Posted: 10/19/20 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A friend stands up a piece of 14x18x1/2 steel plate in his pit and it puts out a lot of heat when it heats up.


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Posted: 10/19/20 10:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Google: Wood vs gas

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Smudge pot might work for you.
Or start the fire early. Come dark its mostly hot coals that you can put under your chair. Add wood for the look of fire. But the heat comes from the coals. Way less smoke.

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Wood (coals) radiate heat in all directions because they generate a lot more infra red energy which is what warms you up. A burning/glowing flame tends to heat the air around the fire pit which then goes straight up. Unless you stand directly OVER the fire, most of the heat is wasted. It looks good though.

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Thanks for all the great feedback, there are may things such as the glowing embers that I hadn't considered. And yes Wopachop I definitely agree on the coals under the chair. In areas where you can do so, it will definitely keep your rear end warm.


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2oldman wrote:

Fire is fire I would think. Perhaps the glowing wood embers contribute to more heat, at the expense of all the nasty smoke.


Definitely what I was kind of thinking.

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gtnsmlr wrote:

A friend stands up a piece of 14x18x1/2 steel plate in his pit and it puts out a lot of heat when it heats up.


Is that heat bounced off the steel plate? Or do you think the steel just gets hot and then radiates out in all directions?

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IAMICHABOD wrote:

But for the same ambiance and about the same amount of comfort of a real fire I think I will get one of THESE [emoticon]


For those nights when you just want to stay indoors with your friends while you sing and enjoy Photoshopped sparklers.

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Posted: 10/19/20 06:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

a LOT of HEAT!

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