OutdoorHub Editor: Keenan Crow 11.24.20
Just because snow and colder temperatures have arrived, does not mean your campfire season is gone and up in smoke! Maybe you’re hosting an outdoor holiday party this year and need to stock up on some essentials, or perhaps you’re awaiting ice fishing season and cooking hot meals out on the ice. Whatever the occasion – whether at home, in the field, or at your favorite campground – a roaring fire has a way of warming a weary body and soul!
Pick up the items you’re missing from the list below, and enjoy the warmth and comforts of cooking your favorite meals over a blazing hot campfire. Even if you aren’t planning on cooking over the fire, several of these items will undoubtably elevate the experience of your winter campfires.
Let’s spark this fire!
1. Fireside Outdoor Pop-Up Fire Pit
The Pop-Up Fire Pit is the first truly portable wood or charcoal burning fire pit. This lightweight, portable firepit makes campfires possible anywhere, anytime which makes it the perfect companion for all outdoor enthusiasts. The Pop-Up Fire Pits state-of-art design allows for quick & easy assembly then collapses & packs away in a moment’s notice.
Pros/It’s clean burn technology produces captivating flames and substantial heat output with 80% less smoke for a more enjoyable campfire experience, The Pop-Up Pit sets-up in just under 60 seconds without the use of any tools while still holding up to 125lbs worth of fuel!, Burning on a fire-rated Stainless Steel Mesh (Fire Mesh) means your fires get perfect airflow. Enjoy brighter, hotter fires with almost no smoke. The Fire Mesh holds up to 125lbs of weight and doesn’t allow ash to fall through, With 576sq inches of burn area, an elevated base, and 3.5inch sides the Pop-Up Fire Pit exceeds BLM and Forest Service regulations for fire pans,
Cons/The Fire Mesh will need to be replaced over time but comes feature a 50 fire / 1 yr min. guarantee.
2. GCI Outdoor Portable Folding Rocking Chair
Rock on with this portable outdoor rocking chair that quickly and easily folds flat for easy storage and transportation.
Pros/Sturdy powder-coated steel frame supports up to 250 pounds includes padded arm rests and built-in beverage holder, Patented Spring-Action Rocking Technology delivers smooth rocking motion anywhere outdoors – lawn, patio, camping or tailgating,
Cons/Seat is slightly shallow for some users, No carrying case
3. Woodeze 18″ Extra Long Flame Resistant Fireplace & Campfire Gloves
As head fire monitor, you’re going to need a handful of things to keep the flames dancing. These gloves are great for adding fresh logs to your fireplace, wood stove, or outdoor fire pit without getting burned.by flames or sparks.
Pros/100% Grade “A” split cow hide leather resistant to flame, sparks, heat and burn through, Sponge insulation protects the entire hand of the glove for superior comfort, dexterity, and heat protection, Straight sewn finger design allows for easy on/off.
Cons/Not fireproof (they are flame and heat RESISTANT)
4. Extra Large Firewood Log Carrier
Whether you’re collecting firewood, your kids toys, or going shopping at the local market, this carrying bag is versatile and ultra tough!
Pros/With its extra large size, this bag holds almost 30lbs of firewood easily, Made of heavy-duty waterproof canvas, Stitched handles all the way around the bag and reinforced rivets for extra reinforcement of the wood load.
Cons/A little on the pricey side.
5. Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven
If you are planning on doing some cooking around the campfire, here’s a staple item for preparing some of the best campfire meals. This highly rated and very affordable enameled cast iron pot is a “flawless pairing of form and function that doesn’t quit.” Now you can serve just about any meal from over your campfire, and cook like outdoorsmen have for hundreds of years.
“Lodge has been making cast iron cookware in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (pop. 3,300) since 1896. With over 120 years of experience, their cast iron is known for its high-quality design, lifetime durability, and cooking versatility.”
Pros/Highly Rated, Offer all the style and function of French brands at a value that is all Lodge.
Cons/Heavy/ slightly bulky for transport
6. Camp Chef Dutch Oven Tripod
Cook with old-fashioned style directly over a campfire. This durable steel tripod makes open-flame pot cooking nice and simple. Features include heavy duty iron construction, sturdy adjustable iron chain for hanging cast iron cookware and easy fold up for storage and transportation.
Pros/Lightweight, Storage bag included for easy transport
Cons/Chain does not feature “S Hooks”
7. Texsport Heavy Duty Campfire Grill
If the Dutch oven and tripod isn’t your style, perhaps this simpler option will appeal to you. This heavy duty campfire grate makes campfire cooking a breeze by just setting over a pile of hot coals, and you’re in business. That’s as complex as it gets! You’ll definitely want to have a pair of heat resistant gloves like the ones above on hand though, as the griddle itself gets very hot when exposed to fire.
Pros/Sturdy, not overly complex, available in different size options,
Cons/Not very packable, absorbs heat and becomes very hot when cooking
8. BrüMate Hopsulator Double-walled Insulated Bottle Cooler for 12 Oz Bottles
Everyone knows a cold beverage by a warm fire goes better together, so if you want your last sip to have that same refreshing kick as the first, this Hopsulator is for you! I’ve used the can size Hopsulator before, and I can tell you they perform exceptionally well! They’re easy to use, protect against annoying sweat rings, and I also found the non-slip base to come in handy more times than you would think. Of course, you’ll have to get one for yourself to find out what you’ve been missing!
The best part, though, is these Hopsulators are very reasonably priced, so you can pick some up for the entire family. They’re a great gift, or stocking stuffer!
Pros/Easy to use, protects your drink, very favorable price point
Cons/Doesn’t fold together like neoprene koozies
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