Field Tested: Camp Chef Portable Fire Ring

Campfire without the hassles— a portable propane fire ring.

$100, campchef.com

Maybe it’s late fall and a warm, wet coat of snow has all the driftwood so damp that you'll never get a fire started or, maybe, permit regulations forbid collecting firewood at the moment. Forget packing in firewood, you don't have space for all of that cargo. This propane campfire offers a solution for paddlers who want to sit around a toasty campfire without all the hassle of packing firewood or starting a fire with wet kindling.

How it works: A slow-burning propane stove heats up 12 pounds of lava rocks that throw off enough heat to keep your whole crew warm.

Just bring an extra propane tank and calculate your estimated fuel burn in advance. As a side benefit, the propane fireplace doesn't kick off smoke, ensuring that no one around the fire is shouting "no white rabbits!" every 15 seconds.

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This is also a great solution for paddlers who want to have a campfire on the Grand Canyon when it's not firewood-collecting season. Why pack all that firewood into your raft when you can pack two extra propane bombs instead? We brought one on my last March canyon trip and it was definitely an MVP (most valuable piece) of camp gear.

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