First things first, fellow adventurers. This is a gear post. This is not a paid gear post. We love our Pop-Up Pit fire pan and I’m going to tell you why, but I want you to know we’re not receiving anything from Campfire Defender in return.

Now that that’s out of the way, a little background information is in order and can be found here. If you haven’t read our post about campfires please do, then come back for the rest of the story.

This year we made the decision that whenever possible we would use a fire pan anywhere a fire ring hadn’t been permanently established. For us this usually means gravel bars that serve as our campsites on float trips, but it could mean other places out there as well. We recently enjoyed a fire while camped on a vehicle accessible gravel bar on the Buffalo, and there’s a beach on the Arkansas River that rivals any found on the Gulf of Mexico where we love to set up for an evening of grilling and possibly a fire.

We quickly discovered that while a fire pan does require a little extra effort, it also serves to enhance our outdoor adventures. We like the Pop-Up Pit for several reasons.

First, it’s very portable. At eight pounds (less than the weight of many folding camp chairs) it’s light enough to carry along with other gear, and when collapsed and stowed in its bag it’s easily thrown over the shoulder just like that camp chair. Assembly is quick and easy, and at 27″ x 5″ x 5″ packed it can be stashed in a canoe with little trouble, so there’s really no reason not to take it along.

Second, it’s bomber. Despite its light weight it can handle any wood or charcoal fire you’re inclined to throw at it, and the 2′ x 2′ fire box is ample. I should know. I’m an old school pyro. Western river runners, whose trips are usually on permitted rivers that require fire pans, are big fans and we know why.

Third, it’s incredibly efficient. Thanks to the mesh bottom (yes, mesh – we were skeptical at first too) it draws well enough to burn every square inch of wood down to fine ash which can be safely dumped into your trash bag the next morning. We’ve also grilled on it several times and have been very impressed with its heat duration and distribution and lack of hot spots.

Finally, it’s a good value. For about the cost of a back yard fire pit an adventurer can acquire a Pop-Up Pit, bag and fitted grill grate to take on adventures, including adventures in the back yard!

It is not our place, fellow adventurers, to tell you you should use a fire pan out there. That’s up to you. It is, however, our place to tell you when we’ve found a good thing, and we’ve found a good thing.

See you out there!



CAO (Chief Adventure Officer) at Arkansas Adventuregram
Luke "Deuce" Coop is a lover of adventure and the written word. He's paddled, rowed, camped, fished and hiked across the map but his favorite outdoor adventure playground is his own back yard. Whether he's fishing and camping on the White, float camping or running the entire Buffalo, paddling the Mulberry, Little Missouri or Big Piney creek or hiking the Ouachita or Buffalo River trails he's right at home adventuring in Arkansas, and he created Arkansas Adventuregram so you can join him. He looks forward to seeing you out there!

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