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Cocky_Camper

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Posted: 12/02/20 02:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have been camping for years, and have never had this issue to worry about. Most places that we have been at offer fire rings. But, a few places do not. We stayed at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach for Thanksgiving for a long weekend. We took or washing machine drum for our fire pit since Ocean Lakes does not provide fire pits, but does allow fires.

My question is what is the proper etiquette to dispose of ash/cool ember pieces when loading up the fire pit? Does anyone know? No one in our group had any idea.

We place made hosed the ash/hot embers down really well before loading up and dumped next to the road with the trash. This seemed like an okay thing to do, but really had me wondering if that is what we should have done.


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never have been faced with that problem but it seems to me there are only two options each requiring 100% certainty that the ashes and coals are, like Dorothy's wicked witch, 100% dead, dead, dead. if in doubt drown 'em again.

- place into a large plastic or paper bag and deposit in the dumpster
- place into a large plastic or paper bag and take 'em home for disposal


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And that covers it. If you are parking in Campgrounds when the pit starts to fill.. Call for ash-removal. but on BLM or other "use your own fire pit" land that is not an option.

Oh. the new thing in Campgrounds is "Safe" fire rings. instead of the old Truck Rim they now have a thing with two sections of culvert pipe with about 4" of concrete between 'em. And Spikes to go into the ground so you can't easily move or lift it.. I had a muffler shop bend some pipe to fit over it and put a 2" 12 volt fan (Computer type) in the cold end. a portable jump start batter and the fire gets lots of air. I have a bigger one for the older rings.

I also have a Pit-2-Go (Portable fire pit that holds the wood or coals OFF the ground so the grass below does not burn) That one is nice. Too bad I no longer do campfires.


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I put the fire out at the end of the night, then next morning dump ashes into a trashbag and take to the dumpster.

Never thought about doing it any other way.

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Walaby wrote:

I put the fire out at the end of the night, then next morning dump ashes into a trashbag and take to the dumpster.

Never thought about doing it any other way.

Mike


Exactly^^^^

I use a Weber Smokey Joe Charcoal BBQ for grilling
Fill it up with briquettes, place lid back on when done grilling....add more as needed then last night I leave lid off and let them burn down to ash
Next morning dump in trashbag and place in dumpster with rest of our trash

I would NOT even consider just dumping then next to roadway

Don't do it at home...why do it at CG????


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Sunday morning I add enough water to make a slushy porridge of campfire coals. I stir a few times throughout the morning. then I dump the coals into a black trash bag and haul it home to throw in the trash. I do have it easy though as my firepit is a steel clamshell. So I just put the ashes in the pit, close the load and load it all up.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:



Don't do it at home...why do it at CG????


Those words need to be heard by a LOT of new campers!


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Dumping ashes and/or coals in a dumpster will eventually bring trouble. No way anyone providing that dumpster would approve of such action. If at a campground, ask the management, if in the wilderness, ask a ranger.
If you can't figure out what to do with the ashes/coals, don't start the fire in the first place.


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Posted: 12/03/20 06:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In a regular year, the etiquette and safety are pretty straightforward.

This year though, who knows anymore?

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phil-t wrote:

Dumping ashes and/or coals in a dumpster will eventually bring trouble. No way anyone providing that dumpster would approve of such action. If at a campground, ask the management, if in the wilderness, ask a ranger.
If you can't figure out what to do with the ashes/coals, don't start the fire in the first place.


ok, i'll bite. why?

* This post was edited 12/03/20 12:58pm by rk911 *

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