|We were recently asked to test what looks like a great new gadget which promises to enable us to have campfires more safely. Unfortunately the weather has been appalling since we got it, and it has not stopped raining, so rather than keep it to ourselves, we'll let you know now what the manufacturers have told us. As soon as we are able, we'll give it a thorough testing and add our comments then!|
We all love the relaxing feeling that getting away from it
all gives us. Camping is the ideal way to spend time with family and friends
in the Great British countryside. At the end of a day there is nothing more
satisfying than drinks with friends in an outdoor setting.
A campfire has traditionally been associated with outdoor social gatherings,
giving a focal point and warmth to your surroundings. Sadly, as less and
less campsites allow open fires of this sort due to safety reasons and to
avoid damage to the grass, this amazing feeling of warmth and companionship
is becoming harder to fulfil.
The Oxbox may be the answer to many campers' prayers.
Why did campsites object to fires?
- Damage to the grass on their pitches
- Risk of damage to tents or campers equipment
- Risks of fire spreading and getting out of control
- Mess from embers and ash
With these challenges in mind, Oxbox considered what a camping fanatic
would want from an item of kit that would allow them to indulge in a
What are the camper's requirements?
By designing the Oxbox to be fully enclosed on five sides, with sensible
use, the risk of fire spreading is nil. As there are no ventilation holes to
fan the fire, the risk of hot embers flying into the air is greatly reduced.
The raised base inside the Oxbox brings the heat of the fire way above the
ground, minimising any burning effect on the grass beneath, certainly
leaving less of a mark than a disposable barbecue.
By making the base deep with high enough sides, the disposal of ashes when
they have cooled down is clean and simple. The base simply lifts out to be
emptied into a bag or straight into waste bins.
The good news for campers:
The Oxbox comes packed conveniently flat in its box and is put together
in under thirty seconds. The box fits securely and easily into caravan and
motorhome storage cupboards, or just in the boot of your car.
It is made from solid steel and is strong and durable, and with care
should last for season after season. The Oxbox has no sharp corners or
edges, meaning that it is safe to assemble, disassemble and store without
fear of hurting yourself.
As Oxbox design and test them, more accessories will become available.
A handle to lift the baseplate out more easily and thin strong pegs to
totally ensure stability are two currently in development, as well as a
Where can I get them from?
You can find out more and purchase the Oxbox direct on their
Amazon Sales Page.
At the time of writing an Oxbox costs just £50.00
(prices correct at time of publication and are subject
to change with notice)
Coming soon hopefully! In the meantime, if you've used one of these, please let us know what you think on the link below!
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