Homecamp came onto the outdoor lifestyle scene in 2014 with a buy-it-once mantra and an eye for all things well made. As fellow supporters of quality kit and low-impact camping, we were pretty stoked to take their leave-no-trace portable firepit for a test burn right in time for winter.
What we like:
Inspired by simple, open-fire cooking methods popular in Japan and Taiwan, we love the concept of a contained campfire that won’t leave ugly scars on the ground. At 6kg, it’s lightweight and compact enough not just to bring on car camping trips and picnics, but also to campsites that may require a short walk from parking. Like all of Homecamp’s classically curated collection, it’s a good looking bit of kit, too.
How it works:
The firepit consists of four stainless steel parts that pack flat into a canvas carry bag and come together without tools or screws. Set up can be counted in seconds, with the main collapsible component simply clipping into the base tray, which stabilises the unit and catches falling ash. An airflow plate then drops in and levels out the bottom of the pit.
We used split wood and fire starters for fuel, which proved effective despite my slipshod fire building technique. Once the flames are low and the coals red hot, on goes the grill, which has four sets of rungs that allow you to vary the distance from the heat source. We cooked directly on the grill but you can also bung on a pan or a billy.
Good to know:
The dimensions of the grill (40cm x 45cm), while perfect for up to four campers, mean you’re not going to feed an army. Firewood needs to be split pretty small for the same reason, so you’ll need to be handy with a hatchet or arrive armed with fire briquettes. It’s a bit difficult to move the grill up or down rungs once it’s hot – a sturdy pair of BBQ gloves could mitigate this, otherwise make sure you get the grill in position (on its lowest rung for maximum sizzle) while it’s cold.
Yay or nay:
There will always be a time and a place for portable gas stoves, which are undeniably efficient and clean to use, but if you ask us, there’s nothing quite like filling up on charred snags and gooey s’mores while breathing fog around a campfire. And if we can do it in a way that has minimal impact on the environment, then it gets two sooty thumbs up from us.
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