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The Dangers Of Open Camp Fires

If you are an avid camper, we ask, what is your favorite part? Maybe it's the sunsets. Or the uninterrupted view of nature. The fresh mountain air. Or maybe the laughter around a fire. And who can forget the food? That delicious, freshly prepared, camp style goodness everyone loves. Ask any experienced camper and I’m sure you will get some sort of response like this. Part of the whole camping experience is the food; and who’s to blame? We thoroughly enjoy that too. 


But when camping in a forest, there is always the possibility of danger. Most obviously, when you start an open fire camping, you open the door to forest fires. However, there’s more than just that. Welcome to the dark side of fires. Sure, they do bring a sense of genuineness to any camping experience, but at what cost? These are the top dangers of fires, and things you should consider before heading out for your next trip.

Damage to historic trees

Not all trees are meant to be cut down. And not all fires start forest fires. That's obvious. But when you have an out of control camping fire, you could be harming trees on public land and damaging the surrounding grounds to the point of decay. Improper fires directly affect the natural beauty of campground forestry, making it almost impossible to regenerate growth and achieve a full recovery.

Restricted areas

When deciding where you want to camp, pay attention to the fire restrictions. Many campgrounds do not allow open fires anymore because of irresponsible campers. Unfortunately, this may limit where you want to camp if fires are a must-have for your adventure; these restrictions are put in place for a reason, if you are caught burning a fire in them you can expect heavy fines as a result.

Underground fires

Not all forest fires start above ground. That’s right; when you burn a fire, you may be igniting peat and roots under the ground's surface, causing underground smothering that will eventually make its way to the surface sometimes miles away from where fire was even ignited.

Air Pollution

Burning firewood is natural so how can that harm the environment? Actually, campfire smoke contains some of the most pollutant elements, raising the toxins in the air and leaving a harmful residue behind.

Damaged rock

Many campers think that just because they surround their fire with rocks, they are preventing damage. Wrong. Many times when campers do this, they are leaving behind fire scars some of which that sterilize the ground, preventing any further vegetation from growing.

Damaged gear

Fire does not care what is in its path. With that being said, if your fire is out of control, it's not just the campground that you are hurting; you are putting your belongings in harm’s way as well. Whether it's clothing, cooking gear, tents, or vehicles, nothing is safe when fire breaks out.

Putting the forest first

The solution to these problems? Skip the fire! When you have any of our Barocook thermal cooking supplies, you don't have to worry about any of this. Cooking anything that you can imagine without the use of a flame, you can feel safe about your camping experience, and know that with Barocook, there is one less fire related danger you have to be concerned about.

Check out all of our thermal cooking gear and contact us with any questions. We are here to help preserve the forest, and would be more than happy to address any of your questions. Put the forest first and see what thermal cooking means for your next adventure.