Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 55

Thread: Campfires and Fireplaces

  1. #1
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default Campfires and Fireplaces

    Most of us who have lived in Alaska have all spent time staring into the flames of the campfire and/or the fireplace.

    Often, with a beer (or a morning cup of coffee) in our hand.
    Sometimes, in fact, with a beer in one hand...and a cup of coffee in the other. (duck hunting/waterskiing mornings, fond memories!).

    Here's a start...

  2. #2
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default and of course a quick reminder...


  3. #3
    Member letshunt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Kodiak, now palmer alaska
    Posts
    188

    Default


  4. #4
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    Nice! Thank you, LH.

  5. #5
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default cold beer, warm fire.


  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Matanuska Valley east of Chickaloon
    Posts
    75

    Default

    Time Exposure


  7. #7
    RMK
    Guest

    Default Starting the camp fire

    Be careful how much gas you use to start the camp fire.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  8. #8
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RMK View Post
    Be careful how much gas you use to start the camp fire.
    GOOD advice! And you know there's ALWAYS ONE in a campground, huh?

    The guy who in a normal weekend you say to yourself "Oh Crap...where's the children...here he goes again (with various self-tests of Darwin's theory)...like pouring GAS on a cold (maybe, maybe NOT?!) fire in the morning to get it started again...and YOU hoping/praying there's just ONE LITTLE HOT COAL left for your own entertainment. (evil thought, I know...but you know what I mean).


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsqJFIJ5lLs

  9. #9
    Member hogfamily's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Suburbanites, part time Willowbillies, Appleseeds, and Weekend Warrior Turquoise Miners!
    Posts
    1,094

    Default


  10. #10
    Member sharksinthesalsa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    wasilla ak
    Posts
    640

    Default fire!!!


    "early to bed, early to rise, fish like hell, and make up lies"

  11. #11
    Member danattherock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    5,608

    Default

    NW Alaska




    SW Alaska

    The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

  12. #12

  13. #13
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default Cookstove pictures okay too...

    GREAT PICTURES EVERYBODY! That's what I'm talking about.

    I ran across this one, and figured it fit the bill also...

  14. #14
    Member B-radford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    653

    Default

    a couple campfire pics from last summer




  15. #15
    Moderator Paul H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    5,594

    Default

    Closest I have, chuck of alder on the bbq.


  16. #16
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    That'll work Paul!

    I ran across this FIREPLACE picture of our old living room as it was when I was a kid. Take a look at what the simpler times looked like.
    I'm not so sure ALL our fancy new technologies have added to our "quality of life"...at least not as much as we are "convinced" of, anyway.

  17. #17
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default Growing UP!

    You know, looking at that old picture reminded me of another OLD Fire Pit...

    A LONG LONG time ago, my buddy bought a piece of land up on the Lake...and he and I built a "basic" firepit first thing.
    His plan was to build a cabin, but for starters you need a good FIREPIT!!! That is what you see in the foreground in this picture.

    We built it the first day. It was about 4' in diameter, and surrounded by LARGE 12-16" diameter river stones. You could have a PIGROAST in it if you wanted to. We had 4 of us buddies that would go up to the lake (with our Gals), and back our trucks up (as shown) to the firepit and waterski on the weekends. So the next thing that was built was the DOCK. I can remember getting into the water and waterskiing on the DAY the ice went out. Lotsa good memories when it was a campsite with just a firepit and a dock. I cought a 14" rainbow right off that dock. Single egg, and a single BB splitshot sinker.

    Each summer (between beers and waterskiing) we helped clear the brush, and dig the post holes for the eventual cabin. And after about 3 summers it was time for the contractor to take over and start on the cabin...and it didn't take long before the cabin was put up. And then it just "changed"...

    No longer was it a simple campsite to back a truck into. Soon it was more like a place you needed a "reservation" to get into. Sorry boys, not this weekend...gotta "entertain" some folks from work. etc. The "original" firepit ended up being bulldozed to make room for parking.
    It was a GREAT lesson in how things change...and a good reminder that I needed to "grow up" about a few things in life.


    BUT, sometimes (just sometimes) just an OLD FIREPIT and a dock...are MUCH better than a plush cabin.
    And to THIS day it's still what I prefer.

  18. #18
    Member barrowdave's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Eagle River
    Posts
    135

    Default North of Brooks Range

    Fresh bou backstraps, doesn't get any better!


  19. #19
    Member danattherock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    5,608

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by arizonaguide View Post
    That'll work Paul!

    I ran across this FIREPLACE picture of our old living room as it was when I was a kid. Take a look at what the simpler times looked like.
    I'm not so sure ALL our fancy new technologies have added to our "quality of life"...at least not as much as we are "convinced" of, anyway.
    Cool pic!

    Ah, back when folks actually collected National Geographic (top left shelf)

    Simpler times for sure man.


    -Dan
    The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.

  20. #20
    Member arizonaguide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Arizona/Alaska
    Posts
    1,523

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Cool pic!

    Ah, back when folks actually collected National Geographic (top left shelf)

    Simpler times for sure man.


    -Dan
    Thanks, Dan

    Yup I can remember I loved to get a fire going, then curl up in front of it with a National Geographic or the Encyclopedia...a little Marty Robbins or Hank Snow playing on those speakers. Notice the chairs are facing the fireplace, and NOT the television. I believe the red books in the picture are Zane Gray or Louis LaAmore. OR, some other books about the places of the world. Yes, someone tell me that our "quality of life" is better now than it was in those days.

    I think Anchorage winters got quite a bit colder then also.
    More fires in the fireplace back then too.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •