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View Poll Results: Do you ever burn waste in a campfire?
No, never! 27 30.68%
Yeah, if I can incinerate it to nonexistence! 61 69.32%
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Old 04-21-2016, 04:52 PM   #101
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I'll admit to having burned toenails before. It is interesting watching them melt and start to bubble.
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:19 PM   #102
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I'll admit to having burned toenails before. It is interesting watching them melt and start to bubble.
Hahaha!
I knew that I couldn't be the only one!
Oh the joys of solo camping!
Maybe we should start another poll lol.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:28 PM   #103
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I never tried that, but it sounds like a fun activity. I remember someone telling me when I was a kid that if you squeeze a piece of orange peel next to a candle flame it makes a little puff of sparks, and it worked but I don't know how feasible that would be with a campfire.
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:42 PM   #104
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I'll admit to having burned toenails before. It is interesting watching them melt and start to bubble.
Do you clip them first?
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Old 04-22-2016, 03:26 PM   #105
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Funny story, i was talking about this just the other day.
As a kid long ago, one of us would sneak upwind of the fire and pee in it.
The aroma of that scattered the other members downwind of the fire.
Kids are kids, then and now.
Crude, but funny.
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Old 04-23-2016, 05:06 PM   #106
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I suppose just about everything "leaves a trace". Although I try to practice good (Girl Scout instilled!) habits, I'm not as much as a purist as some leave no tracers! I'll burn any paper Materials that aren't coated with wax or plastic. You could make the point that there are inks and dyes in paper (and all the scientists I work with would!) and yeah, there are. And I might burn a bit of leftover food if the fire was hot enough And it's going to fully burn. I'm not really a purist, (ive heard of people packing out even a little bit of gray water from rinsing pots), but I also would guess that my habits might change depending on how ecologically sensitive an area is and what kind of traffic the trail sees. All in all, I've cleaned enough beer cans, plastic junk, and food wrappers off of trails for a lifetime of extra credit! I also hike rarely used trails because of my dogs, who interestingly, don't give a toss about the environment.


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Very interesting! So from a chemists perspective are any commonly used packaging materials safe to burn at campfire temperatures? Your answer will either kill off or infinitely extend this debate.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:11 PM   #107
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I plan on the group gathering in May. There will be several camps in use-so I can bring enough trash to share
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:08 AM   #108
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.....looks like I killed the thread
thank the gods!!
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Old 12-21-2016, 04:59 PM   #109
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I ONLY burn paper items.

I don't throw uneaten food into the fire either.

Anything else gets carried out.

And I assure the burned paper item is ash and not intact in any way. Which means, I stir it around a bit to assure its done and gone.

I've been a bit unhappy to come into a site (typically a lean-to and find uneaten hamburgers, bones (chicken/ steak), bread, etc still sitting in the fire in the ashes.
Beyond the fact that I don't to look at it; my greater issue is it is a magnet for pests/ rodents/ unwelcome wildlife.

The truth is, I make an effort during trip prep to NOT have any disposable type plastic (wrapping, containers) etc. Anything like that I either, replace/ rewrap before I go or I just plan to carry it out if I can't replace it before the trip. As for leftover foods.... that's rare for me (I like to eat ) and if there is any I take it with me.
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Old 12-22-2016, 03:52 PM   #110
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I never make a fire.
A campsite without a wood fire is like sleeping in your bedroom.
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