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Fire Pan !

old4570

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This is from the way back machine !
Way back - Decades ago !
I used a fire pan ...

Fire Pan = Cast iron skillet with low sides ..

Don't know where I got that first one ? Maybe I pinched it from mum and dad cos they never used it ( low sides ) .
Anyways , that original vanished a long time ago ..
And I was on Ebay , and I spied this pan .. Yeah , I had to buy it .
It's larger than my original , and much heavier .. So it wont go hiking or anything ..
But still ..

The concept !

The idea is that you can start a fire anywhere ( comfortable ) ... Comfort is more important the older you get !
I hated kneeling on the ground ..
The fire pan allowed me to start a fire very comfortably ..

Now you have to build a stack of wood ( Ur camp fire ) so that the fire pan will slip under it easily .
And in such a way as to breath and dry wood as quickly as possible .
Back then I did not Ferro Rod at all , no no no .. It was either water proof matches or a BIC .
I also used fire starter , and kero to get things moving ..

But here I use fatwood / ferro and some shredded twisted sisal to get things going , just as an example of how relatively easy the Fire Pan concept is when your comfortable ..
That fatwood burns good ! Looks like a little will go a long way ..

 

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I use the same thing for the same purpose, though my pan is a square cast iron one. I have gone away from it a bit lately and use a firebox (cookie tin) and my dedicated fire stove, the manger by FabKreations.
 

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Sorry , double posted some how during an edit !

I have a light weight fire bowl .. And it was a PITA with the small Ferro Rod ..
But might be ok with a larger rod .. The high sides on the SS Bowl are a hindrance to the ferro rod , but with a lighter / matches and fire starter .
But I like something with a handle ..
Anyways , the Fire Pan allows you to pack on a fair amount of wood if you want , so in adverse conditions should help make life easier .
For hiking etc , where weight matters ! A light weight SS pan might be a better idea .
 
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