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Portable Campfires to Gather Around at Your RV

Portable Campfires to Gather Around at Your RV

Everyone loves a nice campfire. They inspire great conversations, good music, community, and an overall relaxing atmosphere in the evening. But not every campsite is equipped with a fire pit or a fire ring. That’s where portable campfires come in handy!

Today we’re taking a look at portable campfires – what they are, why they’re cool (even though they’re hot!), and five of the best on the market today. So, grab your graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, or your wieners & buns – and let’s get to it!

What’s a Portable Campfire?

A portable campfire is just what it sounds like – a campfire you can take with you on the go so that you can have a fire anywhere it’s legal to do so.

There are different types of portable campfires – from very small tabletop units to propane-fueled units, to portable fire pits that use logs (traditional wood or commercial logs made from sawdust).

What are the Advantages of using a Portable Campfire?

There are a number of advantages of using a portable campfire even if a fire pit or fire ring is available at your campsite. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might enjoy a portable campfire.

No Smoke Smell

Photo of a group of friends gathered around a smoky campfire

As wonderful as traditional wood-burning campfires are, they do release a lot of smoke. This leaves the clothing and hair of campfire attendees reeking of smoke, and also can present issues for some who have respiratory issues.

As much as we love campfires, we don’t love our clothing and hair taking on the smell of smoke. It’s so hard to get rid of (here are our tips for eliminating smoke smell from your clothes), especially in an RV. You may toss your smoky t-shirt and pants in the hamper, but eventually, the entire rig can smell like smoke.

With portable campfires that don’t use wood, there’s no smokey odor to deal with once the campfire is out.

No Concerns About Buying or Transporting Wood

Many campgrounds won’t allow you to bring your own wood onto the property, and with good reason. Many types of pests that haven’t yet been an issue in a particular location can quickly become a devastating issue when brought into a new area on someone’s wood.

It’s entirely possible that unbeknownst to the camper, the wood they’re carrying is infested with pests or their larvae. Rules about traveling with wood have resulted from these issues which, in many cases, have caused serious environmental issues.

If you’ve got a portable fire pit that doesn’t use traditional wood, you also don’t need to worry about buying wood at your campsite or whether they even have any available for you to buy.

May Be an Exception to Campfire Bans

Sometimes in areas where campfires are banned, non-wood-burning portable campfires may be allowed.

Campfire bans could ruin your next camping trip.

In some areas where campfires are banned, certain types of portable campfires can still be used.

May Have an Adjustable Heat Output

Some portable campfires have an adjustable heat output which makes them more comfortable than traditional campfires, especially on warm summer evenings. And certainly more controllable, for obvious reasons.

Allow You to Roast a Marshmallow Almost Anywhere!

Some small portable campfires allow you to roast a marshmallow or build the best s’mores ever right on your picnic table in your backyard (as you’ll see in just a minute).

Do All Portable Campfires Use Propane?

No! Not all portable campfires use propane as fuel. Some use hardwoods and sticks, others use bio-logs or logs such as Duraflame produced largely from sawdust.

We’ll even show you one that burns soy wax and 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly, compostable plant-based briquettes…(yes, it’s small)!

5 of the Most Popular Portable Campfires on the Market

Let’s have a look at five of the most popular portable campfires on the market today!

Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit

Solo Stoves are very popular and do not use gas or propane but are somehow still “low smoke” fire pits due to 360-degree airflow technology.

This particular version of the Solo Stove is 14 inches tall, 19.5 inches wide, and weighs 20 pounds. Made of stainless steel, fires in Solo Stoves are fueled by firewood logs and “chunk wood”, and the company recommends hardwoods in particular. These would include woods such as apple, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, pecan, peach, and mesquite.

This Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit comes with a heavy-duty carrying case and gets great reviews from owners.

Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit - Smokeless Large 19.5 Inch Stainless Steel Outdoor Firepit | Portable Backyard Natural Wood Burning Firebowl | No Gas or Propane Required
  • MOST UNIQUE FIRE PIT: Solo Stove Bonfire pushes the limits of both combustion airflow efficiency and minimalist outdoor design with its all stainless...
  • SECONDARY COMBUSTION: The camping stove has double wall design maximizes airflow and burning process. Bottom vent holes allow oxygen to the feed the...

Solo Stove Ranger

Another portable campfire from Solo, the Solo Stove Ranger is another wood-burning stove that produces low smoke and comes with a stand and a carry case.

The Ranger is 12.5 inches tall and the stand adds another 2.75 inches. The stove itself is 15 inches wide, and the stand is 13 inches wide.

Made of stainless steel, the Ranger stove weighs 15 pounds and the stand weighs 1.10 pounds for a total of 16.10 pounds.

Recommended fuel is “chunk” wood made of hardwoods.

Solo Stove Ranger with Stand Portable Outdoor Fire Pit Stainless Steel Firepot for Wood Burning and Low Smoke Great Fire Pits for Outside | 15x12.5 Inch Outside Fire Pit
  • PORTABLE FIRE POWER: Solo Stove Ranger is our most compact outdoor fire pits or camping heater, pushes the limits of both combustion airflow...
  • LESS SMOKE, MORE FLAME: The camping stove has double wall design which maximizes airflow and burning process, with bottom vent holes allow oxygen to...

InnoStage Stainless Fire Pit

The InnoStage Stainless Fire Pit is a patented smoke-free firepit bowl fueled by wood pellets or small wood pieces.

At 12.5 inches high and 15 inches wide, this portable campfire is made of heavy-duty stainless steel metal and includes a durable carrying bag.

Regarding the use of pellets, an Amazon reviewer notes that about 2 inches of pellets provide around 20-30 minutes of flame time. The reviewer further notes that continually loading pellets creates smoke until the flame returns, so they recommend loading around 4 inches of pellets for a 60 to 70-minute fire. The same reviewer has used small Duraflame logs in his InnoStage Stainless Fire Pit and states that it fits nicely into the chamber and burns for 60-90 minutes.

INNO STAGE Stainless Fire Pit with Portable Carrying Storage Bag, Patented Smoke-Free Firepit Bowl for Wood Pellet with Stand for Outdoor Campfire Flame or Bonfire BBQ on Patio Garden Backyard - M
  • 🔥Patented double wall design of fire pit bowl- efficient hotness without smoke🔥Maximizes airflow and burning process producing less smoke and...
  • 🔥Practical two-tier structure with specially added handle for campfire🔥This patio firepit is very easy to set up , just put 2 parts together....

InnoStage also makes a Smokeless Fire Bowl Pit with Barbeque Grill for campers who might enjoy cooking on their portable campfire:

INNO STAGE Patented Smokeless Fire Bowl Pit with Barbecue Brill for Outdoor Wood Pellet Burning Spark with Portable Carrying Bag, Firepit Grill of Fireplace Stove for Picnic Camping Cooking on Beach
  • 🔥Patented double wall design of fire pit bowl- efficient hotness without smoke🔥Maximizes airflow and burning process producing less smoke and...
  • 🔥Practical two-tier structure with specially added handle for campfire🔥This patio firepit is very easy to set up , just put 2 parts together....

Outland Living Firebowl 870

The Outland Living Firebowl 870 is a very popular portable campfire. This is a propane gas fire bow that weighs 25 pounds and is 19 inches in diameter, with a 58,000 BTU burner with automatic matchless ignition.

With over 3600 Amazon reviews, this fire bowl has 90% 5-star ratings.

With the Outland Firebowl there’s no need for firewood, no smoke, no flying embers, and no ash when the campfire’s over.

Outland Living 870 Premium Auto-Ignition Smokeless Outdoor Portable Propane Fire Pit with Cover & Carry Kit, 19-inch 58,000 BTU, Black
  • ✓ PERFECT NO MESS CAMPFIRE: Say goodbye to dirty ash, expensive firewood, and bothersome smoke and enjoy a clean realistic propane campfire. The...
  • ✓ COMPACT AND EASY TO TRANSPORT: Travel size fire pit is lightweight and portable; easily set up in minutes with no tools required. Matchless...

We connect our barbeque grill to our large onboard propane tank, and you can surely do the same with a portable propane fire pit like this one.

For information on how we created our BBQ grill connection, check out our post and our YouTube video on the topic:

Pop-Up Fire Pit

This pop-up portable campfire is very lightweight at 7 pounds is 24 inches long, and is a wood-burning fire pit. It has a fire mesh that holds up to 125 pounds of weight in firewood and doesn’t allow ash to fall through to the ground.

This option is great for those who travel in small campers & vans or enjoy tent camping as it’s so lightweight and compact. It folds up and packs into a small bag (included) in the same way a camping chair collapses.

FIRESIDE OUTDOOR Pop-Up Fire Pit | Portable and Lightweight | Fullsize 24 Inch | Weighs 7 lbs. | Never Rust Fire Pit | Heat Shield NOT Included
  • The Pop-Up Fire Pit is the first truly portable wood or charcoal burning fire pit.
  • ENGINEERING SIMPLE - The Pop-Up Pit sets-up in just under 60 seconds without the use of any tools or fasteners

BONUS: City Bonfires

As a bonus, we’re throwing in this cool innovation from two dads who are neighbors. Both lost their jobs when the pandemic first hit and they got together to create this cool little personal portable campfire.

These are so compact and lightweight (14.4 ounces!) that they can sit on a tabletop and are certainly easy to carry around.

Each kit allows for 3-5 hours of burn time, no embers accumulate, and no wood or other fuel is required. City Bonfires are made in Maryland, USA with 100% non-toxic FDA food-grade soy wax and 100% biodegradable, eco-friendly, compostable plant-based briquettes. The containers are made from alloy steel and metal.

City Bonfires are safe to cook on and create no embers in the air, no ashes, and no smoke! And they’re reasonably priced and easy for any camper to carry. What’s not to love about this bonus portable campfire?!!

City Bonfire S'Mores Night Pack | 1 City Bonfires | Makes 4 S’Mores | Portable Fire Pit & S'Mores Kit | Compact | Lightweight | 3-5 Hours of Burn Time | No Wood No Embers
  • Everything you need to make s’mores (4), including a crackling portable bonfire pit! Includes: 1 Original Portable Fire Pit by City Bonfires, 8...
  • Perfect for 1 (one) or more person(s) to easily and quickly make s’mores. Then extinguish, save, and re-use later on. A great gift or activity for...

Have You Used a Portable Campfire?

So, tell us – have you used a portable campfire? What’d you use? How’d you like it? We’d love to know! Drop us a comment!

Looking for things to do around the campfire? How about checking out these articles that may give you some ideas:

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Brad Allen

Wednesday 15th of May 2024

We love our Trailfire 4 in 1 grill. It is a gas fire portable campfire, grill, pizza maker, and wok (which doubles as a lid for the system.

Jack Price

Sunday 14th of May 2023

Have used the "Little Red Campfire" for 7 or 8 yrs. We camp mostly in OK,TX,NM/CO; encounter many NO BURN areas. We have used ours in the early AM to warm up Without starting a campfire, and in the PM it allows us to roast Hot Dogs and enjoy Smores.. (During a Burn Ban)...In the beginning campers would come by and were amazed at the heat and enjoyment; even though it was gas fueled. It is very light, looks like a cake carrier; top comes off and the 6' hose and regulator are there. Very lightweight, and easy to store... We use the 1# bottles and stock up during winter clearance sales for the coming season. Plan on using a 20# now that we have a Gas Griddle... Best add-on we ever got... Got our Son one for Christmas... Highly Recommend...

Tim Howlett

Sunday 15th of May 2022

I purchased the Camco 58041 portable fire ring in November of last year and have been very happy with it. It is fairly compact and easy to store. The three legs fold under it and comes with a convenient zippered and custom fitted carry bag. It is a little on the heavy side (I think about 22 lbs) due to the fact that it uses lava rock over the burner ring to disperse the flame and heat- much like the older propane grills used to have. In order to save more space and compensate for the weight I also purchased a small 5lb propane tank for use with this fire ring. That way I don’t need to carry and store a separate 20 lb tank. The 5 lb tank is good for several fires and super easy to store. The price was also very reasonable at approx $100. Nothing beats a real wood fire in my book, but this is quick and convenient and still provides a nice ambiance without the hassle of carrying wood or worrying about fire restrictions.


Monday 16th of May 2022

Sounds like a great setup, Tim! We'll bring the marshmallows! ????

Judy Bowen

Sunday 15th of May 2022

We’ve used the Solo Ranger for 3 years now and love it. We carry Speedy Blaze with us. It’sFDA approved for transport everywhere.


Sunday 15th of May 2022

Nice article. But I will stay with using a Burnie???? These are for the "upscale," gadget crowd.????


Monday 16th of May 2022

LOL! To quote Peter's mom: That's why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream, Vicki! The Burnie is definitely a great option, though it would likely also fall under a fire ban if one was in effect (where propane-fueled options are often granted a reprieve). Safe travels!

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