Adventure seekers, listen up! Cold winter camping might make some people think twice, but fear not, for I've discovered a game-changing solution that will redefine your cold-weather escapades and elevate the experience for you and your fellow camp enthusiasts.
Two years ago, I crossed paths with the mastermind behind Lava Box, a portable propane fire pit crafted from military-inspired ammo cans. The moment I felt the intense heat it radiated, I bid farewell to my old propane campfire pit and embraced the Lava Box on the spot.
Now, let's fast forward to an epic camping and off-roading expedition in the Eastern Sierras of California with a group of fearless friends. Our friend Campbell told us to bring a pop up tent and some tarps. He knew something that we didn't know. When we rolled into camp at a brisk 45F, little did we know the night would plummet to 25F with a gentle breeze.
With the pop-up tent and Lava Box in full force, Campbell's creative prowess came to the forefront as he rigged tarps into side walls. This ingenious setup, combined with the roof from the pop-up tent, trapped the Lava Box's fiery warmth, creating a cozy haven for dinner and casual campfire chats under the starlit sky.
The way we stayed warmed as a large group was a "game changer" moment for me. It opened the door to year-round camping, allowing us to revel in the magic of winter conditions. Sure, my heated camper maintains a comfy 75F, but who wants to be confined when the age-old tradition of gathering around a campfire beckons?
Recognizing the need for an even better solution to the pop up tent and tarps, my quest led me to Gazelle Tents. I choose the G6 Deluxe 6-Sided Portable Gazebo, with its exposed bottom, provided ample space for 10 camping chairs and a safe distance from the Lava Box fire pit. It easily stowed away on my Pak Mule hitch basket. It's a swift and efficient choice.
The proof, my adventurous friends, lies in the metaphorical pudding. On a chilly 40F night, the Gazelle Gazebo maintained a balmy 60F inside, fueled by the roaring heat from the gas fire pit. Open the side windows and expose the mesh screen for fresh air, but be vigilant not to tip the balance and turn your gazebo into a sauna.
And for those wondering if this setup conquers the snow – a resounding YES! So, if you're yearning to embark on winter camping adventures with friends and family who aren't cold enthusiasts, behold your new winter essential. Embrace the cold, conquer the snow, and let the adventure unfold!