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BigdogKC
04-20-2009, 05:54 AM
Are you aloud to have a camp fire at comps? We have half of a drum left and were thinking of using it as a fire ring. I want to make sure that it wouldn't violate any rules though.

WannaBeBBQueen
04-20-2009, 06:45 AM
I know I saw a fire ring at Hudson Valley last year, but ask your comp organizer, I doubt if you have it contained that it would be a problem.
Fire pits have grown greatly in popularity, so let us know what you find out :biggrin:

BBQ_Mayor
04-20-2009, 09:00 AM
I've seen them before at comps. If the comp is held in a campground, then no problem. Might check with the contest rep first.

KC_Bobby
04-20-2009, 10:17 AM
Prior to last year's American Royal, I would have said use your best judgment depending on space, parking, moisture conditions - etc.

However, some knuckleheads beside us at the Royal had an open campfire pit and about 200-300 bails of straw about 15 feet away from the pit. As I was minding my pork butts that night, I saw some younger people (guessing ages of 15 and 20) throwing armfuls of straw into the pit and flames were reaching well above the height of their canopy (maybe 8 feet from the pit).

That could have went bad real fast. Not wanting to provoke an issue, I called the security number and they come over to put a stop to it.

TN_BBQ
04-20-2009, 11:20 AM
Just tell them you are pre-burning your wood/coals.

I suspect you're better off asking for forgiveness than permission. I bet their knee jerk reaction to a request is going to be NO. However, if you set one up and are well behaved, they might never say a word.

Divemaster
04-20-2009, 01:14 PM
I would say it depends on the area the comp is being held... If your in the middle of a baseball diamond, use your best judgment...

Podge
04-20-2009, 03:21 PM
for some reason, campfires make me drunk !!

Countryhb
04-20-2009, 03:36 PM
for some reason, campfires make me drunk !!
LMAO!! I was thinking the same thing!

Ashmont
04-20-2009, 03:44 PM
for some reason, campfires make me drunk !!

Kinda like this.... I really getting mileage with this one......

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b321/Ashmont_/IMG_0520.jpg

BigdogKC
04-20-2009, 03:50 PM
I don't know why, but that made me think of Return of the Jedi when Luke burns Vader's body...... I am such a geek.

I do not plan on having one that big. just a small one, so the kids can roast marshmellows.

WannaBeBBQueen
04-20-2009, 03:53 PM
I do not plan on having one that big. just a small one, so the kids can roast marshmellows.

you could also get a small smokey joe for the same purpose:biggrin:

early mornin' smokin'
04-20-2009, 04:37 PM
i always heard its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission

Buster Dog BBQ
04-20-2009, 06:02 PM
If you are going to use it to sit around and drink, please be respectful of quite times.

BigBarry
04-20-2009, 06:05 PM
Aside from asking the organizers, put a grill over it and call it a BBQ!

Oh and campfires make me drunk too!!

TN_BBQ
04-21-2009, 08:30 AM
Lots of folks used to pre-burn their wood before adding to their smokers.

I say go for it. Be quiet and respectful. Tell them it's a pre-burn fire. Ask for forgiveness rather than permission.

Note: most BBQ contests have a rule against open pit cooking, so don't let them think you are doing that.