You can crank it up to a ludicrous flame - 3+ feet and burn through almost a pound of propane in an hour. 60K BTU or some such. Or turn it down to a reasonable level for 3-4 hours per pound.That is certainly unique. Never seen that before. Does it put out a decent amount of heat?
I’m kinda wondering about the rocks in the Lavabox. My firepit at home uses small glass beads and I have a nice uniformly distributed flame. The rocks in the Lavabox look pretty big. I wonder if the smaller beads would work or if there’s a reason they wouldn’t.I had bought a generic/off-brand version of the Outland Firebowl at Costco a few months back that had sat boxed in my garage. Went to unpack and test it last night since we were going to use it on a quick trip tomorrow only to find there's something wrong with the regulator, so it will only light for a second. Now that I'm going to have to look again, gotta admit I like the compact-ness of the Lava Box.
The rocks sit on top of a grate. If you replaced them with beads, you would need to switch to a finer grate.I’m kinda wondering about the rocks in the Lavabox. My firepit at home uses small glass beads and I have a nice uniformly distributed flame. The rocks in the Lavabox look pretty big. I wonder if the smaller beads would work or if there’s a reason they wouldn’t.
A bit off topic but I have to ask.. is this campsite in Death Valley?Not small, but I've been using a Camp Chef Redwood firepit for years. I use it as both a camp fire and to cook on. For cooking, I just bought a Webber replacement grate and set it on top of the ring handle of the firepit. Works like a champ. I don't use any kind of rocks or beads in mine, they are too much of a pain to deal with when overlanding.
The one problem with using any of these portable firepits as a camp fire is that they only give off a lot of heat right above them. A real camp fire heats up the ring of rocks around it and spreads the hot embers out around the actual fire. Both of these things retain and spread out the heat some. All these portable units are designed to contain the heat for ease of use and safety. All that said, we've only had a real camp fire once since we bought the Redwood and that was when there was an old fireplace to be used.