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Campfire vs. camping stoves during a campout

Every camping enthusiast acknowledges that the source of fuel used for cooking and providing heat is essential for the success of a campout. The decision to use a camping stove or a campfire is a major determinant to the joy of a great camping experience. If you choose to carry a camping stove, you may have to bear with its weight while carrying it everywhere. However, leaving the camping stove behind may force you to eat cold food. Here are a few things you need to consider when choosing between the use of campfire or camping stove as a source of heat and warmth during a campout:

Campout destination
The choice on whether to carry a camping stove or to light a campfire depends on the regulations of the destination. Most commercial campgrounds and state parks have established rules and guidelines that you must consider before packing your items. Some destinations prohibit the use of firewood as open flames could be dangerous. In such cases, it is appropriate to carry a camping stove. Campers should consider the regulations of the destination to ensure that they make appropriate arrangements.  
Group size
Carrying a fire-starting kit or a backpacking wood stove is more practical when camping alone. Nevertheless, camping stoves take less time to light than an open campfire; so preparing meals can be much faster. If the number of campers is larger, it is more feasible to use a campfire or a large portable stove that can accommodate many people.  
Weather and climatic conditions
Campfires are generally more beneficial than camping stoves in cold climates, as you will appreciate a large roaring fire during the freezing nights. Carrying a camping stove to warmer areas is more appropriate. However, camping stoves have a high heat output as well. If you are camping in a windy area, the winds will blow out your campfire almost constantly. Having a better understanding of the camping environment can provide relevant information on the most suitable source of heat and light.  
Availability of fuel
Camping stoves use canister fuels filled with pressurized gases. If you run out of fuel for your camping stove, you may resort to lighting a campfire. Campfires require adequate firewood to keep the fierce flames burning for long periods. In areas with available firewood, campers may resort to using campfire for the long nights they spend there. Therefore, the availability of fuel determines whether campers should use a campfire or a camping stove.   Choosing a camping stove or a campfire depends on where you are going and the activities you will do.   
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