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Bird Freak

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Posted: 10/19/20 06:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I need the coals in the fire for the heat.


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opnspaces wrote:

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?
Probably the latter...


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wa8yxm wrote:

Does a fire give off heat: YES does not matter if propane or wood.

HOW MUCH.. Well that matters more on the size of the fire than the fuel.


Different fuels give off different amounts of energy (heat). So it does matter if it’s propane or wood or butane etc.


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Terryallan wrote:

Kind of hard to make stick biscuits over a gas fire? Or Smores either.


Our grand children would debate your statement haha.


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Bird Freak wrote:

I need the coals in the fire for the heat.


Our LP firepit has a bed of lava rock that act as coals. They get glowing hot. When I turn it off they dissipate heat quicker than wood or charcoal coals, but they do hold/give off heat.


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We use our propane fire pit a LOT! We learned a trick to help spread the heat to those sitting around the fire. We hung an old satellite dish from a Shepard's Hook over the fire. Works great! I will try to post a picture but have never had much luck doing so...
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bucky wrote:

Terryallan wrote:

Kind of hard to make stick biscuits over a gas fire? Or Smores either.


Our grand children would debate your statement haha.


Need coals to correctly cook stick biscuits. Flame burns them.


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Just so you know
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We, too, have a Camp Chef propane fire pit. At first startup, it gives out very little heat, but as the lava rocks heat up, it gets better. It does NOT put out as much heat as a wood fire, but part of that is due to it's smaller diameter, which is typically smaller than a normal wood campfire. If it's a mild evening, it works fine, but if it's cold, it just doesn't put out the body-warming heat that a typical campfire does.

There is a "fix", however. I replaced the stock fixed regulator with an adjustable regulator that goes up to 5psi (standard is 0.5psi, I believe). Although I never use it that high (it gives a 4'+ high flame!!!), I do often turn it up to about 2psi.


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A 4 foot flame? I can just picture the propane cylinder freezing up.


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