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I'm trying to come up with a way of building a small campfire under a tarp. I've seen some ideas, but wasn't really crazy about any of them. What I have in mind is basically using 2 tarps to make an A frame with a little air space between them. Each tarp would make up one side of the A frame. At the peak, one of the tarps would go slightly above and past the other tarp, so from above, you could see they overlapped, but from one of the sides you could see there is a small air space between them where they overlap. It seems like that would leave a space for smoke to vent and would also keep out the rain out. I would of course use fire retardant taps, keep the tarps a reasonable distance above the flame, and keep the fire small. Has anyone tried this or does anyone has a better solution?
 

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We have discussed this quite a bit around campfires; other than completely surrounding the fire with tarps (which inevitably get holes from sparks/embers); the best idea that I have had is to try using a chiminea

or a wood stove (I have, and seen) some relatively interesting ones home built, and using a chimney with spark arrester to get the smoke past the edge of the tarp/canopy.

Even with a propane fire pit I normally put the fire well beyond the edge of the tarp/canopy.
because the more beers get consumed; the bigger the fire gets....

Enjoy!
 

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The classic lean to is sloped around 30-45 degrees to reflect heat with a fire in front. Good ventilation and surprisingly warm. I have used a Whelen lean to and also canvas tarps. I have a classic Moss Parawing and have built fires under it in the rain. Not as good as a lean to.

An A frame is going to have smoke problems. A lean to works even in winter in the snow. I used one successfully on overnight ski trips.
 
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