Portable, self-storing propane campfire is safe for use almost anywhere.
Why scavenge for firewood and struggle to light a campfire? Just open the Little Red Campfire, attach a propane cylinder (sold separately) and easily light a realistic campfire that puts out up to 64,000 BTU per hour to chase away the evening chill. Full burner ring allows even gas and flame distribution. Heat-resistant base and tray elevates fire off ground; keeps base cool. To store, replace the lid and latch closed securely-realistic logs, 8' hose and adjustable regulator store inside. 9"H x 12 1/2" dia. with lid on; 8"H without lid. For outdoor use only.
I purchased this yesterday, and tried it out on the deck today. Global warming notwithstanding, it’s quite cold today and it help...ed take the chill off. We plan on using the fireplace both at home and in the camper. It’s a bit expensive but it’s very well built and should last a very long time. It’s very convenient to store with the gas line wrapping around the base and the lid enclosing the entire unit.
After camping around where no open fires are allowed, we went
ahead and bought The Little Red Campfire. What a neat item! Even
with a open fire ban in effect, this item was allowed for use. It puts out
a lot of heat for the size and cools fairly rapidly when shut off.
Our little campfire created a lot of jealousy from other campers and a
few came over to see it! It's just the right size and fits in the trailer
storage compartment easily.
We went with the adapter to use 1 lb bottles and found it works well.
However, the fire will pull a lot of gas and the little bottles will frost over
after 30-45 minutes and slow the flow rate. It's just a matter of
switching out bottles, so no big deal!
I camp with a group and we like a campfire. When we arrived at the campground we were given a sheet that no fires were permitted n...ot even charcoal. We ask if a propane campfire was permitted. The staff check with the fire marshal and we had permission to use this campfire. I think we were the only ones in the campground that enjoyed sitting around a campfire that night.
As noted by one reviewer the regulator may be plugged with a spot of
assembly grease but once it has passed the unit works great.... You
may need to warm up the regulator in the sun (no flames or heat
guns please) and cycle the valve at the tank a few times the first time
of use to get it to clear.
If you turn the flame down to a reasonable level the sound of the
burner is not obvious at all and the logs start to glow a cheery red.
I picked up a Steak Saver adapter so I could use disposable
cylinders when I do not want to cart around a refillable tank.
Solidly built and highly recommended.
We purchased this item to take on our 2007 Thanksgiving camping
trip in New Hampshire. It works well and provides decent heat. ...We
also appreciate it's compact size and storage cover. This is a great
product to have on hand when you are staying at a campground with
fire restrictions or you don't have any wood available for a campfire. It
is a bit loud when running, but besides that it is a fine fake fire that
we would recommend to others.
We had been looking at, and thinking about, the Little Red Campfire
for quite a while. When it went on sale, we ordered. It no...t only does
everything as promised, but has a number of very positive features: 1)
It is easy to transport in its own carrying case; 2) It is simple to use
and is made in America; 3) It not only looks a lot like a traditional
campfire, but also puts out reflective heat which feels great on cool
evenings; 4) It draws a crowd -- other campers are fascinated by it
and always ask questions; 5) It is fully safe and usable -- and does
not emit any sparks -- when you go to a park with a burn ban due to
dry or windy conditions -- Park Rangers gave us a big thumbs up to
use it recently under such conditions. We and one other camper with
Little Red Campfires were the only ones with campfires! (See # 4
I received my little Red Campfire about a week before we left on a trip
to Talladega. When I was setting it up I was the but of... jokes. They all
laughed at my new toy, but as soon as I lit it you should have seen the
looks of amazement. Before the camp was ended I had two people
wanting to order the campfires and two more thinking very strong
about getting one, and not a one was laughing at my Little Red
Campfire. This thing is the greatest. If there is any negative it would
be only if it was slightly larger.
We bought this (on sale) for our annual Thanksgiving trip to Disney
World's Fort Wildreness and used it with great results and n...o
problems during Thanksgiving. We kept it up on the pad area. The only
thing is we wish it had a quick conncect feature, so we could attach it
to our outside grill connection instead of the main tank.which is too far
away from where we want to use it, so we had to move one of the
On Dec 1st Disney security came thru and told us the fire marshall
had banned all open flames including this specific item. Apparently
people had been placing them out in the open spaces where the
leaves are and a few fires had occured. He said that for now we could
use it if we built a wire cage around it (to stop any sparking- which we
all know doesn't happen with this), covered that, raised it off the
ground, and kept it out of the vegitation areas. We are trying to build
something now and will be going back in early March. We'll see what
Too bad some peiple didn't have enough sense to realize that this is
still a flame that will catch dry vegetation on fire. He said people
actually told him this wasn't a real fire, just because it was gas!
Because of the fires, Disney has removed a lot of the vegetation
between the sites, safer I'm sure; but not nearly as pretty and private
by Reuben Gibson upstate-fith wheeler
– April 20, 2008
50 out of 92 people found this review helpful.
April 20, 2008
Coming from the living in the woods my whole life, you burn wood
or it is not considered a fire.So I had my doubts,but went for... it
because some campgrounds you cant find wood or they sell you 4-
pieces for$ 5.00.After purchasing we took a trip to va.beach hooked
this unit up and loved it.With out all the hassle of haulin wood etc.
Turn it on ,light it- open a beverage of choice and stare at it awhile and
when your done turn it off .I will allways use real wood when available
but for traveling ,where wood becomes an issue this thing is the best
solution.Only thing is every once in awhile you have to remind the kids
and some adults not to throw anything in it like a real fire.they forget
and have actually thrown in napkins etc.
We love the convenience of this little campfire but very disappointed
they show you roasting a marshmallow on their add when it ...has
warnings not to be used for cooking food. Hot dogs and
marshmallows are what a campfire is all about! I even called the
manufacturer to make sure and they recommended against it!!
We bought this just prior to the last review that was given on 7/23. We had the same experience with it that our intent was to us...e it for our children to roast marshmallows and cook their hotdogs on to give them some fun and us a break.. but that is a no-no. Aside from that the hose is relatively short to hook it to your main bottles so you will probably want to bring an auxilliary bottle or take
one of the main ones off the mount and move it to a convenient location. I have been looking for a male quick connect fitting to hook it up where my grill plugs in but no luck.
As the fire unit goes, it puts out a nice little fire and the adjustable dial works well. The ceramic-esque logs assemble together easily for and look fine at night. The integrated cover that doubles as a container was a really good feature to keep it all together.
When I took this camping for the first time my husband and a close friend were razzing me as I was unpacking it and I got such a h...azing for spending the money. Well later that night we were informed that the fire danger was to high we could not have a wood burning campfire. So I pulled out the Lil' Red and it was the only fire allowed since it was propane. I bet you couldn't guess who hung around it the most, my husband and close friend they practically lived by it. We
were the most popular campsite. It was better than nothing. It does put out heat and can warm you up if you stand next to it don't expect a rip roaring fire like wood can give you. On high it can really put out. We are going camping for Memorial weekend and I have had 4 requests not to forget my little red. It is best that you have it's own dedicated tank and you understand how long a tank will last. We had a 20lb tank and were gone for 4 days and needed to refill it once. We had it on in the mornings and evenings when it turned dark. So be prepared especially if you are somewhere that doesn't have a refueling station for propane.
I ordered this in May and took it camping. It worked great until a spider laid an egg inside the elbow under the burner. This cau...sed propane to spew out of the air mixer nut onto the ground and WHOOM! I shut it right down and figured it out later at home, but it could have been catastrophic! Be careful, if you are lighting this unit and have the fuel valve turned up far enough to hear hissing and the burner
seems too low for the loud hissing, you may have propane coming out of the 2 small (1/4") air mixer vents. If so you
are about to see a ring of FIRE around the bottom and all around the hose. If this safety item were not an issue I might give it 5 stars, not a bad value for the price. Small flame, but we used it on low to med low. Waiting to hear from Camco and Camping World on how to avoid this situation in the future.
I laughed at my wife when she purchased the Lil Red Campfire. Our home caught fire several years back and the smell of burning woo...d just makes us sick. My wife said this would take care of the fire effect
and heat to stay warm by. I have to tell you it's really a great fire. We have had more campers comment on the campfire when they walk by our camp.
I was worried about this because of the size of it. Not to worry, the flame and heat are really great. I don't recomend putting th...e flame very high due to using up your propane. It is not necessary to put it up all the way. Half way is perfect and it is a very nice size fire. We cooked Smores on it and the kids were all excited. It fits nice under the table storage in your camping trailer. I highly recomend this Product.
I bought a little red campfire because I was tired of buying expensive wood at campgrounds. We love our campfire. Portable, Cheap ...and Safe. We can use the campfire for 5 to 6 nights at 2 to 3 hours per night on a 5 gallon propane bottle. No sparks to start fires. Turn it off and go to bed. No smoke in your hair (the wife likes this) and the Grandkids can still BBQ hot dogs and marshmallows. The bottom of the campfire is cool enough to sit on our RV mat without burning it. Here's the real endorsement. When I started taking it along on our RV Club outings, 3 members
liked it so much they bought one. In fact the club will be buying 2 for our equipment inventory for future rally's. Not perfect, but a unique little item.... Buy it!
Just received our Lil Red, a little small, however; it does work nice and easy to store. A little more ambiance than for heat but ...not bad. Instructions were not included with the unit, but pretty easy to figure it out. Unit is small but efficient, would recommend, but not for a lot of heat output.
I have owned one now for almost two years and have been very happy with the quality and durability of the product.
Although the l...ogs have discolored from the heat, they have held up to transport and numerous heat/cool cycles. Due to
our constant use of this product, we have become one of the best sales tools for this product and have made multiple
sales. As previous reviewers have
posted, most fire bans allow the use of propane flames but be aware that some bans allow no open flames.
I purchased my Little Red Portable Campfire some time ago and just hooked up. The process could not have been easier: screw into ...the 5 gal propane tank, stack the logs (absolutely no smell) and light it up. The longest part was taking it out of the box. I was surprised at how much heat it put out. Good product especially as many of the places where we have camped do not allow wood campfires.
this is a nice alternative to a campfire - no hassle with wet firewood and smoke, etc. it is small and stows easily, and can be s...et up and lit in just a few minutes... As other reviewers have stated, not exactly the
ambiance of a wood fire but good enough and great for roasting marshmallows. I have found the one drawback to be that it is made to screw directly into the 20 lb propane tanks (with left-handed threads) at the front of camper which is a bit of a hassle to have to disconnect the big tank and lug to where I want to set up the fire. I was able to get parts from a local propane store to set up a quick connect from the campfire to attach directly to my camper's aux propane line that connects to the mountable grill that came with my camper. It took a few tries for the store to get the parts right to make this conversion and the parts weren't cheap but I am glad I did it. Great product, would purchase again.
The main reason I made this purchase was the portability and convenience. I wasn't disappointed in either. It takes a minute to ...set up and have a fire. When I'm ready to retire, I turn off the propane. It's that easy. No wood to carry, no smoke and no ashes. I like that if I want to leave my campsite, just turn it off and light it again when I'm ready for another fire. I also bought a 5 gallon propane tank for additional convenience. I made the purchase at a Camping World Store.
Many of the campsites we visit do not allow open wood flames. We purchased this so we would be able to sit out by the fire and roa...st some marshmallows with our little one without the worry of catching our surroundings on fire. After purchasing we assembled (consists of stacking the fire logs) and tested it out. The portable campfire did what it was
supposed to do. After a few minutes it began to put off heat and we even roasted a few marshmallows. Instructions state to increase gas flow for higher flame. Increasing the flow really did not make much difference and you could smell unburned propane with
higher flow. I believe we will enjoy this addition to our camping gear.
I love the potableness of this product, power and size of flame was
better than I thought it would be .....only problem I find ...is that the gas
logs have a horrible smell....I can only hope it goes away....other than
that love the LITTLE RED CAMPFIRE
Love the Little Red. Used it recently on a cold night. Does give out some heat. The look of the fire especially at night is nic...e - only wish it was bigger but, then it would not be as portable. Need to get some real
fire aroma chips to get smell of a real fire and have the full effect. I have recommended this to others who have also liked the product. Wish the unit came with the adapter for the small disposal propane cylinders. Longer cord or extension would be nice too. Even with my 'wishes' I love the product and as I said I have recommended it and would purchase it again. ( I hope I do not have to purchase it again as I hope it lasts a long time.)
Bought this for my wife and it arrived real quick even with ground shipping. We have used it this past weekend and we both just lo...ve it. Everyone that sees it wants one!!! It will put out the heat as well on high. Just putting it on low does just fine on cool evenings. Great product.
Does the job very well, does not give off the heat, of course, that a roaring wood fire does. But also does not have the smoke in ...you face. While it serves a nitch for me, and with the grill that is extra so you can set a pot on it or s'mores in foil, it is perfect. I camp alone and do not what to carry the wood around anymore
I was a little skeptical but this little unit does a pretty good job, especially when there is NO fire pit. It takes a few minutes... for the logs to start to glow, but then it gives off decent heat. Very portable and easy to set up (less than 60 seconds) I would recommend this to any RV'er. We made Smores on it...it took a little longer because it isn't as intense as a real camp fire, but it got the job done. I'm thinking of trying some BBQ wood chips to help give it a
little smell though, that would be nice. My only complaint, if I could come up with one, would be the size, but if it was bigger the portability goes down as well.
We have had ours for 3 years and it is in the trailer ready to use just load the propane tank.We 1st bought it to go camping where... there was a burn ban but with instant off and no!! sparks you are good to go. Also we went camping with 12 friends who like wood fire. I
came home with burnt shoe and jacket AGAIN NO SPARKS.
excellent unit. compact and well designed, top clamps on to base for easy carrying.
good control for flame height. IT will work g...reat for those nights that are a little on the
chilly side. also used with the cooking grid, so its not actually a campfire, so there
should be no problems using it in most campgrounds
I purchased the Little Red Campfire and first tried it out on the screened porch at home. I was delighted with the unit. I then ...loaded it in a bin in the RV and took it to a campground to try it out there. Again I was pleased. My wife enjoyed it, as well. The only drawback was having to haul a large and heavy propane tank in order to use it. I have no other use for a propane tank that size, as my camp stove uses the small tank. So I checked in a plumbing and heating shop to see if a reducer was available so that I could utilize the small tank. Sure enough I was able to obtain one. Now I don't have to be concerned about the extra weight of the larger propane tank and the unsightliness, as well. It is very much like the gas log fireplace I installed in the family room at home, clean, convenient and relatively economical. And it really does put out the heat.
This campfire unit is the best. No more smoke, no more sparks flying at you and when you're ready for bed you just turn it off. It...'s cheaper than buying wood. You can adjust the flame to how big of a fire you want. Of course, the bigger the flame the more fuel you will use. We used 3 gallons of fuel for 3 nights at a medium to high flame.
We love our "Big Red Portable Campfire". It can be placed on the top of the red cover lid. That makes it more convenient... and safer to avoid putting the lid near by. It is also a little bigger than "Little Red". Our camping club was very impressed this week when they saw it was stackable on the lid. A fellow camper had just bought "Little Red" was disappointed when he found he could not stack it.
We travel in our Komfort trailer to many places and some RV parks do not allow firewood burning. So we thought this
would be a gr...eat alternative for those locations. Although it is small, we liked the fact it would not take up much room while traveling. We tested it our with our grandkid's
at this one RV park so they could roast hot dogs and make Smores! Well they loved it and grandma liked it as well...so this grandpa made a few brownie points!!! It does put out
ample heat...but most importantly still nice to be outside and enjoying the evening air...and yes of course ghost stories!
Works very well when you cannot have a real campfire. It provided the missing
ambiance with no campfire smoke. We roasted marshm...allows on it and it worked very well. Doesn't provide a lot of heat but if you get close enough it takes the bite out of the cool night air. Excellent addition to our camping gear.
We are very pleased with this little campfire. It is just the right size for a small gathering. Our friend, Don, doesn't attend ca...mpfires because he has COPD. The little red portable campfire doesn't emit smoke. This allows Don to join in without worry of breathing problems.
Hi. We bought this propane campfire two weeks ago for about $95 at C/W online, on a sale. It is a wonderful design, having the reg...ulator and the hose coil around the pedestal, then being sealed in the red can top. The clips that hold it closed are very secure. We've had it out in our yard for 3 evenings now, just hanging out with family and
neighbors, talking and playing guitar around it. We've had fun here at home with it, even though we actually bought it for camping with our Airstream Club. A nice addition is to augment it with a Lite composite propane cylinder, which is much lighter and has a better feel than the regular steel bottles. After 3 nights of burning it with our old 20 lb.
BBQ tank, it hasn't used up much propane at all. It appears that at our moderate flame setting, we could get at least 7 or 8 nights burning it for about 1 1/2 hours a night. Not quite as nice as a wood fire, however it works nicely and for less money than the cost of
$6 a bundle wood at the campground host's site. Also, it's much lighter and saves space compared to carrying wood with you and you can purchase propane almost anywhere.
We bought this for ourselves as an early Christmas gift. We've been toting our fire pit
and box of fire wood for years. Now we d...on't have to deal with the extra weight, ash,
splinters or burn bans! No, this doesn't put out as much heat as a regular wood fire,
but I would say it puts out 80% as much heat. It's a little spendy, but all in all, worth the money! We would buy it again if we had to replace it. The best part is, IT'S MADE IN
This thing is great! Very portable, just 15 lbs and takes very little space in the bin. Great to be able to have a fire in just ...a few minutes, and even better to be able to shut it down instantly and go to bed without worrying about hot embers. Can be hooked up to your main motorhome LP tank with adapters and additional hose. It does use lots of propane
on high, but not bad on lower settings, still with good heat output and no smoke to burn your eyes like real campfires. Even better yet, you don't leave the fire ring with your clothes smelling like a campfire. The cost of the propane is a good trade off for not having to buy and tote wood. Now with the insect problem in wood, most campgrounds don’t allow you to bring in wood from outside of the area. This item solves that problem
too. We love it!
There was basically no assembly required except for positioning the Fake logs on to and hooking it to the propane tank. I have bee...n making campfires from real wood for the past 54 years and this one looking at in the dark comes close to a small campfire look without the smoke.
I have not gotten to use this fire place. I have seen these in use at campgrounds where ground fires are forbidden. There are so...me campgroounds that require you to buy firewood at their campground because of the asian beetle. The shipping was quick and free over the
We take a two week trip for the week of July 4th every year, and there has been a burn ban every year. This year, I picked up the ...Little Red Campfire and finally have broke the cycle. While nothing compares to a wood fire, having the ambience is what is most important. Easy to set up, easy to transport, and not having to gather firewood is great
as well. I do, however, wish it came with a longer propane connection so I wouldn't have to take a propane cylinder off the tongue. All in all, its a great buy.
I purchased this item because of its size and mobility. we used it last week and it is great! we all sat around it to enjoy the f...ire and it produces heat as well. This comes to us at a time when you do not want the hassel of building a fire and then when your done we do not have to lug water to put it out.
We like it. Kids laughed at it and thought it was too small. After it got dark out it was like any other small campfire,
without ...the smoke and ashes. Everybody enjoyed it. It can get a little sooty after you use it. I wear some old gloves
when packing it up. The latches for the cover are a little awkward to use. Light weight easy to store. Doesn't use much
propane if you don't crank it up too high..
This unit works as described. It puts out great heat and is will roast marshmellows or hotdogs on a stick. My only complaint is ...that it is so small. If it was 18 inches high and 18 inches in diamater this would be the ideal gas campfire. None the less, this little unit works great.
I bought this so that I wouldn't have to lug firewood camping. It was simple to set up, I
had friends from other camping sites (...15 of them lol) sitting around it that night.
Everyone asked me where I got it, and they plan to purchase one as well. The price
was great on this website's internet only deal (saved over 50 bucks). I plan on buying
the cooktop accessory next.
The Lil Red campfire unit came with two broken clamps that keep the top on. I put the Lil
Red together and lit it up with a matc...h. The top and bottom all went up in flames. I shut the
gas supply off and checked out the bottom to discover a very loose LP gas connection was
done. I tightened that connection up and all worked fine. The fake logs are fragile ceramics
and that is a concern for transport in our RV. I suppose the best bet is to bubble wrap each
ceramic log once the unit has cooled to help ensure they do not break. I have yet to try it in
a campground, but it should work pretty slick.
We love campfires at night, but burning wood among town
homes with open windows doesn't go well. This does the
trick nicely. We'...ve used it plenty and have no complaints,
but as it's a newer purchase I'll go with 3 stars.
I have the little red campfire and am impressed with its operation and looks. I didn't want anything too big and this is just righ...t. The instructions say to only use it on a non-combustible surface so I put a temperature probe under the bottom center and ran it about half open with nice flames but no hiss from the hose. Siting on a concrete slab with a starting (ambient) temperature of 69 degrees I got the following results:
For the first 4 or 5 minutes there was minimal change, then it began rising
100 degrees at 15 minutes (5 degrees per minute rise),
110 degrees at 18 minutes(3.3 degrees per minute),
115 degrees at 20 minutes, (2.5 degree per minute),
120 degrees at 25 minutes (1 degree per minute),
123 degrees at 30 minutes (.5 degree per minute)
It was still climbing after 30 minutes but at a decreasing rate. If it were a 100 degree day the temp would definitely be high under the base so I plan to carry a round concrete stepping stone to set it on instead of directly on grass or my vinyl mat.
I was hesitant to buy because of size. I bought the "Big Red Campfire" which is only inches larger. But I must say, this... is perfect for smores and heat when cool at night. No smoke, ashes or wood to mess with. Don't let the size fool you. IT'S PERFECT!!!! Unless you want a bonfire...my wife says it's cute!
We purchased our's a few years ago and I am buying one for my son this year for Christmas. We love our's! It's easy and quick to h...ave a little fire to take the chill off or to create a little atmosphere. Some places we camp have decks and a fire pit down some steps far away from our camper. With this, we can our fire here on the deck.
My camping friends laughed at me at first, now they all want one! I use it when I just want a fire for a short period of time, or ...when there is a fire ban mainly. But I've also used it on low flame when it was very hot and humid and I just wanted the ambience of a fire, without the heat of it. If it's cold, I just turn it up. It is easy to set up and easy to use. Also, it doesn't use as much propane as I thought it would. I've used it for 2 seasons now and it has never failed me.
Reviews from purchasers have said that you are warned not to cook over the unit, and others talk about cooking hot dogs and s'mores. What is the definitive answer? And I'm not necessarily talking about using a grate -- just roasting marshmallows over the fire.
The Campfire does not have anything to deter flare ups if fat/grease falls into the flames. You should not place anything directly on the logs or treat this product like you would a grill. Cookware along with the Campfire Cooktop(Camco#58033) can be used or heat foodstuffs directly that will not cause any flare ups.
by Camping World – March 17, 2016
For a quick connect low pressure line, no. The regulator on this campfire is also the control dial for the fire which is the primary reason to not modify the unit.
If your propane system is using a tee before the regulator to allow high pressure LP to an appliance, you can use the Steak Saver to convert from ACME to disposable bottle threads.
by Camping World – September 09, 2015
How long is the gas line?
by Sandy – May 06, 2015
May 06, 2015
Just wondering about safely having a big tank too close to the fire
The answer depends on your exact propane configuration. The "Campfire" out the box has a regulator and OPD/ACME fitting to connect directly to a standard 20 or 30 pound tank. If the propane line to your BBQ is quick connect(low flow), it will not work.
If your BBQ is a standard OPD/ACME format no additional modifications are likely needed.
If your BBQ is a portable model that runs off 1.lb cylinders, your connection may need to be modified or removed to hookup to the "Campfire".
by Camping World – May 14, 2015
The cooktop accessory has been added to our website, see item number 56003.
by Camping World – March 05, 2013
Yes, there is a cooktop accessory available for this unit as well. That accessory can be special ordered through our technical service line at 1-800-622-6264.
by Camping World – February 19, 2013
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