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    electric camp fire battery operated

    Anyone seen an idea for making something that's (a bit) like a camp fire, is battery operated and would be OK for use on a Children's Ward of a hospital/hospice, please?
    Our portable camp fire is mains, looks rubbish and wouldn't pass PATesting.

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    I imagine you should be able to make one simple enough using basic electronics (9v battery holder, wire, lamp)

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    If you got some of the cheap bike lights from places like Tesco, you could mount 4 or 5 having 2 red, 2 white (with yellow tissue paper over) and one flashing red to give a bit of flicker?
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    Yep, any of the firepits sold at DIY shops etc. (I bought one for 25 quid from B&M this year: http://www.bmstores.co.uk/products/f...th-tool-253904) Add logs atop grill -- spray-blackened and hot-glued together if you are feeling artistic. Poke orange cellophane/jaffa cake wrappers between the logs. Buy 4 or 5 rear red LED bike lights which have a 'flash' setting; turn on and stuff under the logs. If you buy a couple of different makes of bike lights they won't be in sync and the overall effect is very realistic.

    I doubt anyone will object to a handful of LED bike lights.

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    Brilliant -thought of all sorts but not bike lights!

    Thanks all

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    How about the little battery tea lights from pound shops. They flicker and if you made a base of branches and added some red gel i would look good in a dark room (the tea lights are not very bright)

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    Try cutting some strips of red, orange and yellow material and blow a fan at them from below to represent flames. One of the large cooling fans from a computer might do the job as they run off 12 volts.

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    Sounds like we now have a project for Scouts in the winter - make the most realistic indoor campfire!
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    If you plan on keeping the fire and are using logs with bark on you need to treat them for wood worm. We used to have an indoor fire we used and one day found it riddled with wood worm. Lost a couple of other things as a result, we think we got rid of everything that was infected but it is still a concern.

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    We were camping on a site with a no open fires policy, after chatting about it being nice to have a fire I built one with a battery lantern and an orange carrier bag over the top blowing in the wind, it wasn't overly realistic but you knew what it was meant to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwg27 View Post
    We were camping on a site with a no open fires policy, after chatting about it being nice to have a fire I built one with a battery lantern and an orange carrier bag over the top blowing in the wind, it wasn't overly realistic but you knew what it was meant to be.
    That's a bit sad.....
    don't camp there next time.
    full marks for initiative though


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    What about those solar powered LED fairy lights people buy for the garden? Then all you need to do is construct a camp fire out of wood, sticks and twigs and attach it all to a base.
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    Ours is mains operated bt could be easily converted to battery. It accomplishes the flame flicker by having a hollow clear plastic cylinder having some red swirls painted on the outside with a disk fastened into one end and rotated by one of those cheap clock motors connected to the drive for the second hand. Light bulb in the open end of the cylinder and produces a very realistic effect. No reason the complonents could not be changed to be low voltage.

    That's a bit sad.....
    don't camp there next time.
    full marks for initiative though
    Not always a choice Don. When we arrived at our summer camp this year there was a fire ban on due to risk of forest fire (no rain for about 4 weeks) as well as a swimming ban due to high bacteria count caused by the heat wave. Certainly had us scrambling for alternate activities! But neither the fault of the campground!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug in Canada View Post
    When we arrived at our summer camp this year there was a fire ban on due to risk of forest fire (no rain for about 4 weeks) as well as a swimming ban due to high bacteria count caused by the heat wave.
    Alright no need to rub it in - over in England it's no fires due to everything being under a few inches of water!!!!


    My Mum used to do indoor campfires for the Brownies many moons ago. She had toilet roll tubes etc pained like logs and yellow, red and orange sweety wrappers. She then put her torch which had the yellow and red flashing emergancy lights on underneath.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrsteare View Post
    Alright no need to rub it in - over in England it's no fires due to everything being under a few inches of water!!!!
    unless near any hosepipes

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