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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    One other issue is to leave 8-12 in at the back for air to move in. If you set up with the back to the wind and a space at the bottom the circulating air will push smoke and sparks away from the tarp instead of under it.

    Dave Buckley also used to promote a tarp with wings. Basically cut a piece of fabric on a diagonal and sew one piece to each side of a tarp. The wings can be significantly lighter and not water proof as they are used as a wind block pitched vertical or close to it. He pitched it with the edge at the edge of the fire so one could sit under the tarp and feed the fire or cook over it.

    I looked at the Swack Shack- I'd be tempted to cut one down to 5x7. That will handle 1or 2 folks. Take two for a party of 4. ;-)
    Did you check out the BCUSA tarp (link in OP)? I think it is the same material but comes 5'x7'.

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    I do believe that if you do not mind the heavy tarp, canvas will not be affected by sparks.

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    To me, it would be dangerous to have a fire underneath a tarp, but I see people do it all the time. Native Americans generally had a fire in the center of their tepees, with a hole in the top acting as a chimney. I think as long as you have something over the fire, like a boiling pot of water, you'd be OK. A bare fire creates a narrow column of heat above it for quite a distance, you'll have to use your hand to figure out how high that can get.

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    There is so much information on this forum. I support the Tdickenson`s thought process on this topic that canvas will not be affected by sparks if you do not mind a heavy tarp.

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    Moderators: Looks like michaeljj is a spam bot. Might want to nuke that account.

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    For a fire I would do more of a lean to style... and as somebody said earlier, leave a little gap at the bottom to help move the smoke out the front.

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    Any Idea on how much the Swack Shack tarp weighs?

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    Your going about this all wrong. There is no reason to need a tarp over the fire. If your concerned about your woodpile, keep under your tarp with you, or a space blanket draped over it will do just fine. For the fire itself, there is no reason to need a tarp, just make the fire bigger. If you make a fire big enough no normal amount of rain will put it out. So, next tme it starts to rain, just build your fire up more by adding more wood, that's al your need to do. If your looking to shelter a small cooking fire, build it under the tree canopy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by begleysm View Post
    Moderators: Looks like michaeljj is a spam bot. Might want to nuke that account.

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    what makes you say that?

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    Rather than having a fire resistant tarp, carry a square piece of welding cloth about 3'. Twist small rocks into the corners and tie around them so you can suspend the cloth between the fire and the tarp.

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