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Old 12-05-2007, 03:36 PM
 
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It's getting a bit "COLD" here in Florida. Never mind about that. You should see them/us when it snows. It gets VERY dangerous here and so far it has only happened twice in my memory ... and I know about as much about driving in it as they do but at least I had my family to teach me some tricks and caution me.


ANY way. Do you know that in Florida except for in perhaps the most rural parts there is NO way to have yourself a nice fire ?? No matter to dig all the pits and build all the barbecues you want you MAY NOT place an open fire on your property no matter how large it is. To my knowledge.

You can build a special pit with a fence around it and apply for a permit and etc etc.. but that is not necessarily approved. I would not be allowed to burn anything in my backyard I feel sure.

It galls me that I, an adult person. who grew up tending fires on our acreage in what used to be the country here cannot light a fire and be expected to keep it under control to roast marshmallows or camp with the kids or anything else. No fires in barrels. Nuttin.

How is it in Maine? Depending on the property size? Location? Zoning??

Cause I have to say: I am really looking forward to being trusted with matches again.

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Old 12-05-2007, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We have a fire going in the stone fireplace quite often in the summer. We cook on it then keep it going while we're out. At least once per winter we have a bonfire at night while the kids are skating in the pond. We burn the scrap wood, old wood from things we've destroyed, branches we've pruned and similar things. We follow the fire danger. If it's above medium we don't burn. We don't burn in winter until there's snow on the ground.
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:55 PM
 
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We have a fire going in the stone fireplace quite often in the summer. We cook on it then keep it going while we're out. At least once per winter we have a bonfire at night while the kids are skating in the pond. We burn the scrap wood, old wood from things we've destroyed, branches we've pruned and similar things. We follow the fire danger. If it's above medium we don't burn. We don't burn in winter until there's snow on the ground.

Sounds so beautiful !! And cooking over an open fire. I have been reading about woodstoves and cooking and baking on and in them for years.

I really can't wait. Lots of burnt stuff, initially, I guess.

Nice so you can have a fire if you like ... that's just great. The only time we get to have a fire now is if we go camping and .... used to be we could have one when we wanted. Much the same thing. Burn the tree branches, non-toxic debris ... neighbors would come with their burnables ... I remember it as one of the best things IN our neighborhood. Very safe, very family, VERY FUN. While it was going we'd cook this and that ...

Closest I've come to woodfire cooking is a gas-stove. Not quite the same.

When I look at homes I particularly check to be sure they'll leave their woodburning stoves. I don't want to get lazy and never have one ....

But what I'm really looking forward to is open flames and neigbors gathering and the fun that ensues ....
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Maine
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a few friends of ours have bonfire "pits" that they have dug out and lined with rocks. They put an iron grate in the bottom and build the fire within. I've been to many celebrations that culminated with a bonfire in the evening.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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Default can hardly wait !!

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a few friends of ours have bonfire "pits" that they have dug out and lined with rocks. They put an iron grate in the bottom and build the fire within. I've been to many celebrations that culminated with a bonfire in the evening.

msina I can really hardly wait. Tomorrow would be okay with me ... I even tried to talk them into a Maine Christmas but no one wants to be away from 'home' for Christmas.

While I have your attention please let me re-extend my hearty and warm congratulations on the newest member of your family. Awesome !!! Babies are always welcome .....
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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we have bonfires on the beach frequently....it's wonderful!
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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we have bonfires on the beach frequently....it's wonderful!
OH MAN !!!! mollysmiles !!
And, legal and everything. I don't think you can even do THAT here, anymore.


"Why did you leave FLorida, maam?"

Me: "I wanted to build a fire on the beach."

And all the rest of the wonderful things that go with Maine.

And. Oh I really can hardly wait. (redundant on that one)
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thank You soooo much wannabe!! I'm thrilled but, I wish I could be ther like I was for the last ones. "Mumma" says he's chubby and blue eyed like Simon, with dark hair like Jacob. Pics as soon as she gets home and e-mails them.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:39 PM
 
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Thank You soooo much wannabe!! I'm thrilled but, I wish I could be ther like I was for the last ones. "Mumma" says he's chubby and blue eyed like Simon, with dark hair like Jacob. Pics as soon as she gets home and e-mails them.
I was going to ask.... I love babies. I LOVE pictures ... especially of chubby sassy sweet babies or ANY babies at all.

They're just special. They make your home proper. I hope that you get to see him soon and sorry you can't be there NOW ! I do so love that first tininess.

My fave combination: Dark hair -- blue eyes. Lady-charmer. Wow, THREE grandsons.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I have 4 grandsons and 1 lil grandaughter now. Our oldest daughter (who is 30!! ) has a boy Johnathan who will be 7 in April and tiny Emma who will be 3 in January. Hard to believe how OLD I am
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