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Old 11-14-2007, 10:16 AM   #1
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Firewood

I never thought I'd post something like this until I realized that so many people on this forum have so many creative & original ideas. So here it goes...

Does any one here use or do anything special when bringing firewood along on their trips? Do you just use the under floor storage (we call it the basement)? We used to use a large plastic bin in my truck, however, the logs did stick out and I'm afraid of it scratching up the interior of the van.

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:38 AM   #2
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We have one of those receiver hitch carry contraptions. Works great for firewood, but you better forget a departure angle when it's installed.

Ours is something like this one.

http://www.realtruck.com/productline/13 ... riers.html

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Old 11-14-2007, 10:43 AM   #3
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Tom - I've also used one of those before on my truck when we had too much gear/passengers/furry friends to fit everything inside.

It works great for hauling around firewood, a large cooler, etc. You are also correct that your departure angle disappears. I bottomed it out twice on relatively normal Baja dirt roads. I don't think this would be an option for us on a lot of our trips. Especially this upcoming one over Thanksgiving where we are planning on exploring Naciemento-Ferguson Road and Prewitt Ridge in Big Sur.
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Old 11-14-2007, 10:49 AM   #4
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We used a Stowaway 2 hitch mounted box on the rear. The box is lockable and not only keeps the wood out of any rain, but allows for storage of chairs, BBQ, etc.

http://www.stowaway2.com/

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Old 11-14-2007, 11:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip Mike. Does the Stowaway sit higher than a "standard" hitch cargo carrier basket like Tom described? I originally started this topic for possible interior storage solutions. It's funny how they can change.

Thule also makes two items similar to the Stowaway 2. Here are the links:

Thule Transporter
Thule Terrapin

I guess I should look into these further as well. They are nice from the standpoint that you add 13 to 16 feet of additional storage to the SMB.
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Re: Firewood

I got one of the "Trasharoo" spare-tire mounted bags from Sportsmobile West and packed that thing full of firewood. (4 boxes.) It sagged a lot but other than that it held up very well.
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Re: Firewood

More and more I'm seeing agencies pushing the 50 mile rule in Ca. I'm still hauling wood but I do see their point. Bad insects are invasive and can be transported by campers. I've switched to "clean" woods when hauling over long distances.



My rear storage box is made for hauling wood but I've kept the local stuff local. By that I figure the 50 mile rule is a bit over the top and haul it for a hundred miles or so depending where I'm off to.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:43 PM   #8
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Re: Firewood

The local-wood only rule is also much more important when the western US has been in a drought for the past 7-8 years or so, which has made the forests much more vulnerable to invasive pests like the wood boring beetle.

Nothing beats a wood fire, but I did get a propane Campfire in a Can last year, which also gets me around the 'no ground fires' rule that exists in certain places.


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Old 01-20-2013, 10:12 PM   #9
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Re: Firewood

I agree Herb. I use the Little Red Propane fire and it is a nice option. I purchased some nylon panels from REI and they work great with the propane fire.



I've had some good times inside my "inclosure" over the years using a propane fire.


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Old 01-20-2013, 10:43 PM   #10
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Firewood

Way to bring back a 6 year old thread.

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