It may come as a surprise to some that campfires do in fact cause air pollution. When wood burns, it releases various compounds – including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, benzene, and many other potentially toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For those who are trying to minimize their carbon footprint, then you are likely aware of just how much carbon dioxide is also created when wood is burned. The National Science Foundation published a study that estimates that U.S. fires release about 290 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, the equivalent of 4 to 6 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning. This is a problem that many environmentalists are trying to find an answer to and a solution for. The act of getting close to nature has oftentimes been synonymous with campfires, however if you are looking for ways to alleviate the need to burn one, then we have a solution for you.
There are other reasons as to why you may be choosing not to start a campfire as well, such as fire bans in the park or region you are in.
Being responsible and making educated decisions about these topics are how we can learn, grow, and get better – together. While we seek to always encourage each individual to make choices based off their own convictions, we are proud to know that we can make a small change in this area.