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    Distance from fire?

    How close are you willing to get to a campfire and how much distance do you typically give yourself. I've always been a bit paranoid about embers floating from the convection and falling on my gear.

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    As far as I can, and upwind.

    Not only for the embers but also to get away from the inevitable late- might campfire conversations which would otherwise keep me awake when I'm in a group.

    When I go solo I usually don't make a fire but if I do I would usually eat there and I want to be away from food smells in bear country.

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    I think I started a tread like this. I prefer to be in the next county. My friends love a campfire but of course they are using MY gear.

    I might feel a little better about it now that I’m keeping the tarp in snake skins. I track every ember with attention that would make NORAD jealous.
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    I know this is a non-answer, but not having any fire is a legit option, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonsaihiker View Post
    As far as I can, and upwind.

    Not only for the embers but also to get away from the inevitable late- night campfire conversations which would otherwise keep me awake when I'm in a group.

    When I go solo I usually don't make a fire but if I do I would usually eat there and I want to be away from food smells in bear country.
    Same here - not gonna set up next to a fire with a bunch of nylon camping gear.

    I've been to some group hangs where people have literally set up 15 feet from the group campfire. Then those same people go to bed at 8 pm and ask everyone to be quiet, which ain't gonna happen. I'm all for being respectful, but not if you set up 15 ft. from the group campfire and go to bed at 8 pm each night.

    Nowadays at group hangs I warn everyone that if you're a light sleeper or an early-to-bed type, don't set up your hammock next to the group campfire.
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    Upwind and far away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarmeat View Post
    I track every ember with attention that would make NORAD jealous.
    LOL!

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    Okay, so it looks like I'm not being paranoid then.

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    I definitely concur with the idea of distance, both for the fire itself and late-night conversation. I also learned the hard way that some fires are unexpectedly hot — I managed to burn a little hole in a pop-up shelter during a Boy Scout flag retirement ceremony. I hadn’t realized how hot the synthetic flags would be. The patchable hole was worth it for the scouts having a good experience, though.


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    Honestly, I can't think of a single reason why I would ever want to hang near a fire. Just, no.
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