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05/13/2020 07:09PM  
Not sure yet but we may be able to go in on May 18 entry. But if the fire ban is still in effect not sure if its worth it. Campfires are a big deal to me, definitely a big part of the experience as you look over that glass smooth lake at dusk as the loons are calling with a hot cocoa in your hand and hit that ultimate spot of relaxation. Morning campfires on a brisk morning with a cup of coffee watching the fog move across a perfectly calm lake is one of the things I think about the most and associate with the BWCA. If it was my only shot at a bWCA trip this year there is no doubt. But with a wide open summer and many chances to reschedule I am not sure I will go, with a fire ban.

How do you feel about it?
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05/13/2020 07:37PM  
I seldom have a fire anymore. Unless I need it for warmth or cooking. However I bring warm clothes and a stove.

I enjoy the dark of night and the noises of the woods.

I also would never start an illegal fire. I have seen firsthand how that can go bad.
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05/13/2020 07:48PM  
We had a permit for the 18th. Due to the fire ban and an injury to a group member we are bumping it back to the 27th with hope that the fire ban will be lifted by then.
05/13/2020 07:48PM  
I also love campfires! Since we normally travel in the shoulder seasons, my groups typically have a morning and evening fire. We find a fire both takes the chill off and is good for the soul. Plus it heats our water for the morning coffee or hot chocolate :-)

In over 40 trips, I have had a burn ban in place only once... it was still a good trip but we really missed the fire!
05/13/2020 07:53PM  
I rarely start a fire, It is just too much work for too little benefit IMO.
However, it is usually just me on a solo, so I have to do all the work.
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05/13/2020 08:02PM  
Campfire or no campfire...doesn't make or break a trip for me. More important for me to have the peace of the wilderness around me.
05/13/2020 09:10PM  
They are nice, but I've been ok without them. Been up there a couple times during a ban. Once was October. Weather was super nice that year so didn't miss the heat factor but it gets dark so early .......lived by the light of the headlamp all evening.
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05/14/2020 06:54AM  
We base camp, mostly fresh foods, everything cooked over wood although occasionally the percolator will go on a pocket rocket. We also have a campfire after evening fishing every night. We probably would not go during a fire ban, have never had to make the choice.
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05/14/2020 07:32AM  

Déjà vu! Nevertheless, keeping up a property using Fire Wise principles can quickly kill the appeal of a campfire. They just become more work. A ban means nothing to me.

05/14/2020 11:48AM  
I am surprised by how many don't have fires. I feel like there should be more wood nearby for me then :D
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05/14/2020 11:53AM  
I am surprised by how many wouldn't go if they couldn't have fires. I love fires and I believe I have had one every single night I have spent in the BWCA. However, if there's a fire ban in place, the thought to cancel my trip because of it wouldn't even cross my mind.
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05/14/2020 12:54PM  
For many years my group rarely had a fire. Maybe one night for steaks, but most of the time we cooked on the camp stove. We spend most of the day on the water fishing and usually make a fish dinner in the dusky dark and then wake up and do it all again. A number of years ago I procured a cast aluminum Dutch oven. The dutch oven and campfire coals opened a lot of doors for me. Egg bakes, huevos rancheros, and biscuits and gravy started appearing on the trips for breakfast. Sometimes a batch of brownies or a pineapple upside down cake appear after dinner. Even with no fire I would head into the BWCA with a smile on my face, but I am getting to where I sure do like my fires. I have taken the same trip for over 30 years on the first weekend in June, I am hoping I don't have to break my streak.
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05/14/2020 10:25PM  
For some reasons fires aren't as big of a deal for me in the BWCA. Often times I find myself planning for the fires and stocking wood but by the time dark rolls around I'm beat and often just head to the tent to get away from the skeeters. In the normal world I'm a night owl and stay up late and like to sleep in whenever possible (its almost never possible these days) but in the BWCA i'm the opposite. I tend to go to bed early and wake up early.

If there is a fire ban on any of my trips this year it will barely register on my radar. Probably the only thing I'll do differently is throw in an extra bottle of fuel just in case because I won't have a campfire as a fall back plan.
05/15/2020 11:50AM  
I like a fire, and I've tripped without a fire.
Lack of a campfire is NOT a deal breaker.
It just means one less concern for me
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05/15/2020 01:02PM  
I have never considered having a campfire to be a "worry". I relish the opportunity to prepare and manage a campfire.I care for my axe in the off season along with my paddles and canoes. I enjoy the way the sounds of fire blend with the sounds of the wilderness. I consider the fire a companion. A solo trip without a fire would feel very lonely.
06/02/2020 01:20PM  
I just got back from Perent Lake, EP 36, 4 days 3 nites, solo.
I never started a fire except with my jetboil, despite there being an ample pile of dry wood next to the grate.
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