Our Favorite Portable Propane Campfire Alternative

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James and I busted out our Little Red Campfire for the first time this season; we got it ages ago at Camping World. We aren’t big into wood-burning campfires, so traveling with a portable propane version is a perfect alternative for us. We can still cuddle up to a warm cozy campfire on a cool, crisp evening; only with a propane campfire, it’s much safer & environmentally-friendly. Here are some of the things we love about our Little Red Campfire.

1) The small size.

The Little Red Campfire only has an 11.25” diameter fire tray, so it takes up very little space to transport. But don’t think that’ll only get you a tiny fire! Check out our video below. You can adjust the flame and really get it cranking.

2) On/off in seconds.

In many ways, James and I are lazy. I know it doesn’t seem that way with all the mods and workouts and such that we post, but take my word for it. We are. Part of the reason we were never campfire people is the effort it takes to both start a wood fire and then also put it completely out. With propane campfires, you don’t have to commit so much time. If you only wanted to campfire squat a mere 20 minutes, you can do that with a portable propane fire. You might still be trying to light your wood fire after 20 minutes!

3) The look of the fake logs.

Many other brands of propane campfires come with lava rocks, but we prefer the look of the fake logs in our Little Red Campfire, check that out in the video. Something about the logs makes it feel closer to the real thing… only without the pollution! Speaking of pollution:

4) Healthier.

I mean. We are the Fit RV. I can’t not mention this, so here goes. The EPA estimates that the cancer risk from wood smoke is 12 times greater than that of second-hand tobacco smoke… 12 TIMES! Wood smoke produces tiny particulates less than 2.5 microns that settle in the lungs. According to the EPA, particles less than 2.5 microns, also known as fine particles or PM2.5, pose the greatest risk to health. Propane flames don’t produce the fine particles that wood flames do.

So! Check out the video below to see our Little Red Campfire in action. If you don’t travel with a portable campfire yet, do consider it! Healthier for you, healthier for the environment, and if those don’t win you over, it’s also just a much easier way to get your staring-at-fire fix!



After 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and the University level in Special Physical Education, Stef made the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach specializing in seniors, medical conditions, and injuries. Stef loves running, cycling, and being “Mugga” to her two favorite mini-humans — Punky and Marshmallow. ❤️

    4 thoughts on “Our Favorite Portable Propane Campfire Alternative

    1. BobS

      Your video shows this connected to a propane tank next to some RV. The EKKO has a plug in port for propane. Can the hose and regulator be replaced with the 15 foot EMPV-150EH44 plug in hose from Home Depot or Lowes? I did not find this adapter option at Camco.

      1. James

        Short answer is no.
        Longer answer is that the little red campfire requires a higher pressure propane than what’s coming out of the quick connect. You would have to tie it in before the regulator for it to work. But in the case of the EKKO, “before the regulator” would be just connecting it to one of the propane tanks. Which is what we did.


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