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    fire distance advice

    Looking for a bit of advice when you have a camp fire what sort of distance should the fire be away from the tarp ,worried about hot spots burning small holes in my tarp .

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    Just my 2 cents worth here so if I was you I'd take it with a pinch of salt.
    When I set up camp there's a few things to factor in as to how close the fire will be. Wind speed and direction plus the ambient humidity that has a lot to do with how long an ember will burn once released from the fire. I used to go with 6-8 feet from the tarp and have the tarp up wind from the fire, keeps smoke out of the tarp and embers don't usually go against the wind.

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    Just steer clear of the bushcrafters who seem intent on poking the bloody fire...thats mainly when you get tarp/tent damage.
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    Depends what kind of wood I am burning. Spruce should be classed as fire works, while birch burns with a very calm flame. Anyway, I tend to keep it 5-6 meters away, from my sleeping area, and just use a cheap builders tarp to cover where I sit if it's rainy or windy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelBrit View Post
    Just my 2 cents worth here so if I was you I'd take it with a pinch of salt.
    When I set up camp there's a few things to factor in as to how close the fire will be. Wind speed and direction plus the ambient humidity that has a lot to do with how long an ember will burn once released from the fire. I used to go with 6-8 feet from the tarp and have the tarp up wind from the fire, keeps smoke out of the tarp and embers don't usually go against the wind.

    One thing I like about my Firebox is that it gives a great fire and reduces embers on the wind
    Ditto the above, I also use a fire box and have been for years and I haven't burnt a hole in my tarp yet.
    Here is an example of my fire and tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik_uk3 View Post
    Just steer clear of the bushcrafters who seem intent on poking the bloody fire...thats mainly when you get tarp/tent damage.
    Another reason I liked, and still do, to solo camp.
    Last edited by TarHeelBrit; 13-04-2016 at 08:13 PM.
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    I could be classed as a fair weather wild camper so I haven't had to make a fire really close to a tarp for warmth overnight. 3-4 metres sounds about right to be safe but as usual there are so many variables. I regularly camp under pine and spruce and as Fishyfolk mentions that can lead to fireworks... I do camp a fair bit and have never had issues with embers myself.
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    The beauty of tent camping is that you don't need a fire to keep warm
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    I've had small fires very close to, and even under tarps before. as long as the tarp is high and the fire is low I don't see an issue. does depend on the wood though. and I don't sleep under a tarp with a fire under it.

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