Campfire Basics

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  1. Pragmatist

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  2. varuna

    varuna Tree killer & a cat person
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    My only concern with campfire is light discipline. Even when there is no need for noise & light discipline, a campfire is a sure way to ruin Mk I Eyeball nightvision
     
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  3. Pragmatist

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    Good afternoon Varuna,

    Even if campfire is below ground a little so no horizontal line of sight, isn't there thermal imaging also used by hostile forces ?
     
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  4. TexDanm

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    I love a good campfire and have spent thousands of happy hours watching the flames of a fire at night in the woods. A lot of people will die before they figure out the difference between camping and being in the woods at night during a survival situation. If you want to pass through an area unnoticed you don't build fires of any kind. Day or night they are an advertisement of your presence to the world and put you at a disadvantage. If you are comfortable in the woods you don't need a fire. A fire not only makes you blind, it makes you deaf to the small sounds of a predator. It spotlights you for anyone with a gun. It makes you feel safe while making you unsafe.
     
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  5. wally

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    never thought of it that way before...thanks
     
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  6. lonewolf

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    light of any kind can be seen in the dark for many miles.
    if cooking is needed it may be better to cook just before dusk using a small fire then extinguish the fire soon after.
     
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    What about using a Dakota Fire Hole of you have to cook or heat water but stealth is also a requirement?
    The light is more concealed, they produce less smoke if done right and afterwards its easier to cover up the fact that there was a fire there at all.
     
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  8. varuna

    varuna Tree killer & a cat person
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    In theory yes, but in practice thermal is use vertically, because you don't get much of a range when horizontal

    You could use windshield (depend on design though) or burning fuel that emit different colour flame such as blue. Its still flame that usable to cook, but the flame colour won't reach as far as yellow colour flame. But it still complementary to use other messure such as windshield or orienting the said windshield
     
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  9. lonewolf

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    being a campfire I'm assuming someone is using wood being the traditional fuel.
    I have used calor gas in the past which is butane and gives little smoke.
     
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  10. Pragmatist

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    Good morning Varuna,

    Thermal imaging is diagonal from an aircraft.

    Firefighter use it also using a diagonal to check the top of a building.
     
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