Wednesday, November 29, 2023


In a typical summer month, roughly how many nights will you have a campfire?

Nothing quite says summer camping like sitting around the campfire at night – fingers sticky with marshmallow, clothes absorbing that delicious campfire scent, and the crackle of the fire slowly lulling you to sleep. Is there anything better?

In a typical summer month, about how many nights will you have a campfire? Will you have one often? Every night? Once a week? Maybe just once or twice? Or never? Please tell us by voting in the poll below. Thank you! And if you ever see us having a campfire at a campground, bring over some marshmallows (wine will do too) and we’ll surely become quick friends.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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D C (@guest_118284)
2 years ago

Dad’s dutch oven cooking interest got passed to me. That includes cooking over an actual campfire. I also enjoy sitting around a small fire with family and friends, talking, not talking, contemplating the stars, and watching for the bats that come after bugs the fire attracts. I never build one of those campfires that leave the inhabitants of Pluto wondering what blew up on Earth. I also don’t have fires when it’s slightly dry and/or even a little bit windy. I’ve seen the horizon at night looking like the flaming edge of hell because of a range fire–unfortunately, more than once. That’s something I never want to be cause of.

Paul Cecil (@guest_118210)
2 years ago

I said rarely, but let me expand. I will do charcoal fires for cooking but rarely just light a wood fire for ambience. The hassles of hauling wood (many areas have restrictions), fire bans, and other growing issues just made it less interesting. When I was younger it was fun, but now all I want to do is relax with a good drink, a good book, and a quiet evening.

Laura (@guest_118209)
2 years ago

When I weekend camp in my camper I have a fire every night if I can scrounge the wood from the woods. If I’m camping for 4-6 weeks in my tent I don’t.

Rich (@guest_118206)
2 years ago

zero times. we don’t travel or camp in the summer.

Sharon Becker (@guest_118197)
2 years ago

Lately every summer we have a fire ban- so no campfires, even in designated fire rings. I may have to get a propane campfire to have my marshmallows!

Jim Langley (@guest_118193)
2 years ago

I can’t answer the poll because it doesn’t have a choice that fits what we do for fires when camping. So I’ll explain, that we do propane fires not campfires. There’s no smoke to worry about and they are allowed usually even when campfires aren’t. We do them every night when we’re camping. Thanks!

Grant Graves (@guest_118189)
2 years ago

I’m a full-timer and use my gas bbq a lot, but almost never have an open fire. I think they are too much trouble and the smoke is bothersome to so many people. I like being a good neighbor.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_118188)
2 years ago

Campfires are a camping tradition for cooking on and toasting marshmallows.
Maybe they could have smoking and no smoking sections in campgrounds.

Gene Bjerke (@guest_118186)
2 years ago

Campfires seem to be de rigeur for most RVers. I suspect that is because most began as tent campers. I came to RVing from a lifetime of sailing. I never build a campfire because no one has a campfire in the cockpit of a sailboat.

Snayte (@guest_118182)
2 years ago

We average 30 to 40 nights of camping per season which include a fire if the weather permits and also have fires at home on many off weekends.

Bounder (@guest_118169)
2 years ago

We’ll have a campfire every night if possible and use it for cooking and ambience. If a neighbor comes to tell me they have a health problem with the smoke and is nice about asking, we’ll switch to propane. When they do it with an attitude, well….. that’s a whole different story.

Richard (@guest_118165)
2 years ago

The DW is highly asthmatic. She can’t tolerate any avoidable atmospheric pollutants. We hide inside when there is campfire smoke. Many have gone to propane campfires for this reason. We understand that it is our problem, not others’. When asked to join in, we politely explain our issue. Some will accommodate us, some won’t. Such is life. I will not get offended and call “The Authorities”.

Magee Willis (@guest_118202)
2 years ago
Reply to  Richard

You sound like good people!

Roy Davis (@guest_118160)
2 years ago

A sign at a small mom & pop campground read:
“We are just a campground
We are not some kinda resort
Don’t {bleeped} about the campfires
Instead go stay at a resort.”
I guess they got tired of people wanting to stay cheaply and expect the everyone to comply with their desires. They also sold firewood.

dave (@guest_118184)
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Davis

Where is this campground??? I want to camp there. Tell it like it is !!!

Roy Davis (@guest_118358)
2 years ago
Reply to  dave

Unfortunately they went out of business when the park flooded.

Edward Wullschleger (@guest_118154)
2 years ago

I answered “almost never” because we like to have a campfire for cooking our hamburgers (and sometimes marshmallows) in the early evening, once or twice during a 3-day camping trip. We put the fire out after that and don’t sit around a campfire at night (like we used to do when we were tent campers.)

Warren G (@guest_118152)
2 years ago

Seldom, but we do enjoy a campfire. The last couple of years in CO there have been fire bans due to the extremely dry conditions. We did purchase a small propane fire pit that we have yet to use, but are looking forward to trying on an upcoming 2 1/2 week trip.

Dennis (@guest_118151)
2 years ago

Campfires should not be allowed in an RV park where vehicles (containing tanks of fuel) are parked within 50 feet of each other. Then there is the issue of the smoke…subjecting anyone to unwanted smoke is extremely rude.

Papa G (@guest_118215)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dennis

Stay in a motel then !!!

Jeb (@guest_118149)
2 years ago

My wife suffers from breathing difficulties and smoke is not good for her whether from our fire or the neighbors as it drifts into our rig.

Bill (@guest_118147)
2 years ago

Campground campfires are like loud music. They belong out in a remote site.

Roy Davis (@guest_118146)
2 years ago

I grew up in the 50s and started camping at age 5 and things were different then. Back then we didn’t have cook stoves. I learned how to start a camp fire and to cook over it. I also learned how to build a fire that minimalized smoke. This is something I continue to do but it is becoming a thing of the past because it takes time to do it right. We live in an Instant society.

Irv (@guest_118140)
2 years ago

We heat our sticks & bricks home 100% with a glass-front wood-stove. Having a fire while camping has zero appeal. Unless you build a zero-smoke wood fire, I hate your fire while I’m camping.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_118142)
2 years ago
Reply to  Irv

This is precisely what we do too, Irv. We had a new insert installed last year and it is wonderful. Three or four hunks of firewood keep the living room end of the house warm while the bedroom is cool. Oftentimes when we find ‘leftover’ firewood, I grab it to take home. I know I’ll get some pushback for this, but that’s what we do. I now look at campfires as heating wood going to waste.  😄 

Peggy Doulos (@guest_118198)
2 years ago
Reply to  Irv

I was going to write a similar response. Since we heat by wood all winter, I have almost zero desire to have a fire during our very dry summer season when we go camping. I do love our warm winter heat from fires during our cold wet winters.

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