A Swedish torch (also known as a Swedish candle, Swedish fire log, or Schwedenfackel) is a very practical alternative to a traditional campfire. With a little prep work, they are easy, efficient, and require little resources and little tending. They are particularly nice if you are winter camping, have wet ground, or a limited supply […]
The wildfire that recently ravaged California was the deadliest and most destructive in state history. The blaze known as Camp Fire claimed at least 86 lives, destroyed over 153,000 acres, and left 50,000+ people displaced in emergency shelters. Driven by high winds, the wildfire was finally 100% contained after seventeen days on November 25, 2018. […]
Fall has arrived, which means campfires are allowed again on most public lands and campgrounds after being banned over the hot dry summer. Man has been cooking over a campfire since he first discovered how to create fire. Most every RVer has enjoyed roasting marshmallows or hot dogs on a stick over a fire, but […]
Wildfires can occur for a variety of reasons, but most are caused by human actions, whether directly (ie unattended campfires, fireworks) or indirectly (transformer sparks, powerline arcing, etc). The National Park Service estimates that only about 10% of wildfires are started by natural causes such as lightning. Regardless of how they are started, they are […]
Many serious cooks find a good cast iron pan a kitchen staple. It can be used to perfectly brown potatoes, cook cinnamon rolls, or even roast a whole chicken. Cast iron pans can be used on the stove top, in the oven, or over a campfire. Cast iron has a high volumetric heat capacity, which […]
For years I have been touting the benefits of Google Earth. Through the years I have used it to: Find boondocking campsites View RV parks and campgrounds in advance to see how they are laid out, look at the access and if there are rail lines nearby. Use it to find easy to access fuel […]
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Why burning trash in campfires is a bad idea on many different levels, including the wildfire risk and toxins released into air, land and water.
Even if you hate cooking, these four biggest RV kitchen fire dangers are lurking in your rig. Learn the risks and how to avoid fire catastrophes.
It’s that time of year again when forest fires are the lead story on the nightly news across the 11 western states – with the biggest ones making the national news.