Wildfire-safe cooking question

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  1. badgerthehobo

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    I found a spot on some property near my house where I have the owners approval to camp out at. However, there’s one pretty major caveat: NO FIRES. It’s a bummer, but I can do almost anything else I want.

    My question is: do you have any recommendations for cooking on a single burner backpacking stove to make it more wildfire safe? My main concern is the stove accidentally tipping over and catching the dry grass on fire.

    I do have a fairly flat boulder I was going to try setting up the stove on, but I want extra insurance. I was thinking about carrying a small metal cookie sheet in my backpack and setting the stove on that. But I’d really prefer a piece of something flexible and fire proof, but I don’t have any ideas.
     
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    The stove is one of these:
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    Not to be THAT guy and I'm sure you know what they meant but, to clarify, they meant no wood campfires? Clear the grass, bring a flame proof rug or mat along to extend the fireproof area.

    I will have a small fire in my fire pit with a double ember screen if it's dry out at my place. There's also no grass or other combustibles within 10'.

    dave
     
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    A large heavy foil roasting pan. Can be folded to fit in your pack. Unfold at site and use it. Added benefit of high(ish) sides for better protection.
     
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    How about a partial roll of heavy duty aluminum foil?
     
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    Foil pie pans or roasting pans are hard to beat for this. I use one now and then.

    Put it on an already safe piece of dirt and you don't have to worry much.
     
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    only use the stove for cooking where your closely watching it
    also have a water source nearby to douse any flames, bucket/pot, etc
    just this past weekend at camp, flames spread outside the fire pit and dry leaves were quickly catching,
    being a scout trip we always have a water bucket nearby and quickly doused it,
    if I had to waste time looking for a water source flames would have quickly spread beyond manageable level
     
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    Sit it in the middle of a pizza pan. For any winds set up a barrier of aluminum flashing. For extreme measures, just set the whole stove inside a steel bucket /galvanized pail.
     
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    The metal bucket is a good idea. Built in windscreen and if it does tip over it’s inside the bucket.
     
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    Some caution on the bucket if you're using pressurized fuel canisters. They can blow up if over about 130f.

    I had one do it from being in a hot pick up bed, stored not in use. Blew my whole cook kit literally to pieces, and scattered it 50' to 100' away.

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    They also make a folding base that the canisters click into to make them a little more sturdy. They are great for the smaller canisters if you are using a bigger pan or pot.
     
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    If this is a place you will frequent, maybe keep a fire extinguisher there too. ?
     
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