Heininger 5995 Propane Fire Pit
A Fire For All Seasons
So there you are, school is out, and you are ready for your first summer family camping trip of the year. You are excited! The wilderness is calling you out, and you are battle ready to take on its challenge! But what is this now? There is a fire ban, and no open burning is allowed, even in fire rings? Boulderdash! You are now faced with that age old question…is it even worth camping if we can’t have a fire? Enter in, the Heininger propane fire pit.
Use During Fire Restrictions
Okay, so that opening might have been a bit much. Our apologies. That said, with fire restrictions taking effect in some areas summer after summer, it never hurts to look at other options. When fire restrictions get high, many areas will not allow for open burning, even in the campsite fire ring. We would say for good reason when half the country is a tinderbox. A propane fire pit, however, is usually allowed even when restrictions are high. So even if you are a diehard wood campfire person, one might agree that a propane fire is better than no fire at all.
Wood And Smoke
On many of a camping trip, we would need to bring several bundles of wood along. I say again, several. Wood takes up a lot of space and adds up in the weight category quickly. Granted, if you are boondocking, you can find some wood laying around, but if you stay in national and state parks, that option is limited. You also need fire-starting material and the know-how regarding actually starting the said fire. With the Heininger propane fire pit, you don’t need any of those. Just a propane tank and a striker lighter and its flame on!
Most of us have heard the adage that smoke follows beauty. That is cute and all, but when your eyes are stinging, and you can’t remember which way the fire was to plot your escape, it sucks. Not to mention your clothes, hair, and anything in eye-shot smells like smoke until you wash it. That might be fine when you are camping; we rather enjoy it most of the time. There are times, however, when it is not a good thing. For instance, you want a fire on your back patio as you enjoy a nice glass of wine. Unfortunately, you just spent $100 to get your hair done, and you have an interview for a potential promotion and don’t want to go in smelling like a freshly opened Slim-Jim. Maybe you just want a romantic evening that doesn’t end with burn holes in your new jacket. Or perhaps your neighbor’s bedroom window is open and roughly four feet away; just to name a few off the cuff here.
Portability And Set-Up
Additionally, a propane fire pit is a great way to bring the ambiance of a campfire to various locations. There is no fear of chopping off a finger either, which is a plus! You can take it to the woods, to the beach, by your pool, and so on; without lugging around all the other wood fire necessities. You will, unfortunately, have to carry around the propane tank to feed the Heininger. If you are bringing one for your grill anyway though, you are set.
The Heininger propane fire pit runs off a standard 20lb propane tank and comes with a ten-foot hose and regulator. As it only weighs in at around 22 pounds, it is easy to carry around. Set up is also a breeze. Simply set it in the desired location, pour in the lava rocks, and connect it to the propane tank. Just don’t do what some folks do and crank your propane tank wide open and try to light it. Your regulator might start doing its job, and your fire will be like a lighter at a Bon Jovi concert.
What It Is And Is Not
Let’s talk about what this propane fire pit is not. It is not a raging bonfire used for homecoming parties. It is also not intended to roast a pig over or to forge armaments. Even though the 58,000 BTU burner puts out impressive heat; it is not designed for burning off fat drippings, egg shells, or empty beer cans. It is not a traditional campfire in many aspects. (Disclaimer-We are not condoning the throwing of beer cans in any fire pit. Just know with this fire pit you will only end up with a mess and very hot beer cans.)
What it is, however, is a portable fire pit which allows you to bring your campfire with you instead of scavenging and transporting materials to the campfire. The Heininger 5995 burns clean with no smoke, and its 19-inch diameter makes for a large enough fire to make it enjoyable. It is a device capable of turning the most frustrating of days into a relaxing evening. It is a portable date night, and it is indeed a fire for all seasons.