I received the campfire trio as a kickstarter backer in October, though it took me a while before I was finally able to test everything. I was primarily waiting for the weather to get colder! 70s just doesn't quite feel the same as 40s with a fire going.
For the past several years, I've been fascinated with highly functional, compact and portable outdoor equipment. While I have yet to go on a through-hike on any major trail, I've always found myself at home in the outdoors near the mountains.
The grill was easy to set up, and the Fire Safe portable fire pit was quite compact. It stowed away easily and folded completely flat in the provided carrying case. I could easily see it being a nice addition to a short weekend hike or for even having a safe outdoor campfire at home. I'm not sure I'd take it backpacking though. While it is rather compact, I think it would just be easier to bring a stove. Though I suppose it's good if you're out a long time and can use fire instead to preserve fuel, in which case, this is a firely light addition to your gear. Though fire restrictions may also limit its usage depending on where you hike.
Once set up, the fire pit is quite small, so it's only good for 3-4 people encircling the fire for roasting marshmellows or meat, etc. The size also limits the amount of fuel and thus the amount of time the fire has before needing more fuel. This is great for one person or even two, but less ideal for a larger group, as it will require more effort to keep the fire going to cook a meal.
It's likely easier for use with coals than fire; there's more prep work involved for getting the wood fire going - the wood has to fit right, so if chopping wood is something to be skipped, stick with coals. As you can see from my images, I took some liberties with the length of wood. For fire safety, the wood really shouldn't extend beyond the peripheral of the fire pit.
I also attempted to roast chestnuts. Winter is approaching, and it'd be nice to try to roast something.
Though, I was rather unsuccessful. I've never roasted chestnuts before, haha. And next time, I think it would be better to either wrap the chestnuts in aluminum foil or layer a sheet of aluminum foil on the grill.
Here's the result:
Haha, so umm... yeah, will need to practice some more. I'm also learning how to properly build fires. Still not an expert at that.
I used the included ferro rod for the first time, so that was interesting. Had to watch a YouTube tutorial to figure that out. Managed to light this fire that is pictured with it, after many...many attempts. Had to figure out the right tinder. Eventually got it going with a tissue paper. And cheated to keep the fire going with some firestarters. I didn't want to cut too much wood into different chunks, so I tried to keep things simple.
Overall, I'm happy with the results. I look forward to using this again, maybe with some guests over to roast marshmellows. Or some healthier alternatives. I was looking up some recipes for such alternatives. I hope I can try them sometime.
If you're interested in the grill, check out the link below!
Happy fire making!