I have been pretty bad at putting up new posts recently, and as such I have loads to write about. One of the shorter articles is about my new Fire Bowl. I got one of these for my birthday, used it on my last trip (6 weeks ago?) and had to write about it.
If you are not familiar with fire bowls then here are the basics; it’s a big metal bowl, you make a fire in it (normally to stop it from damaging the ground you are camping on). That’s it.
There are lots on the market but the one I have is the Grilliput Fire Bowl, which is barely mentioned on the manufacturer’s website but there are plenty of places to buy one from (just do a Google search for it). It folds up in a very snazzy way, like the petals of a flower, and is very small, perfect for putting into a day or weekend-sack for a picnic or whilst camping.
We used it once or twice on our last trip to cook marshmallows, burning just dried wood (lit with newspaper). It worked very well, and after use the nice shiny coating was hardly touched (although it was slightly tarnished, I can see it disappearing after a few more trips) and the folding mechanism also worked well (I expected it to maybe warp under heat). It gave out enough heat for the three of us sitting close but would have struggled with a larger group.
Sadly the grass was scorched the first time we used it so after that we sat it on a piece of wood to protect the campsite’s ground (our site did allow fires but no outside the designated fire-pits).
Not much else to say really, I can see it being very useful for a small group wild-camping who want to enjoy a fire without damaging the scenery, or for people like us who want something to keep the chill off and cook tasty sugary treats on!