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The Fire mesh is designed to hold up to 100lbs of wood comfortably. Made from a special stainless steel alloy designed to withstand repeated heating and cooling cycles the fire mesh can withstand temperatures up to 2,700F. (Average campfire is 1,200F - 1,500F)
The BLM and USFS are the two bodies that manage the wilderness areas in the United States, they have set a standard that regulates what type of fire pit/fire pan you can use. In Fireside Outdoors efforts to work with these two agencies they engineered their Pop-Up Fire Pit to be compliant with the agency's regulations.
Because of its low center of gravity and wide base the fire pit is extremely stable even in very high winds.
Smoke comes from the volatile organic compounds(tree sap, hydrocarbons etc.) in the wood, and a lack of airflow to create a hotter temperature in the wood. Because the fire mesh allows an optimal airflow into a fire it significantly reduces the amount of smoke produced.
Another byproduct of this increased airflow is a brighter, livelier fire, your coals will burn with a bright orange glow.
Fireside Outdoors designed the Fire Mesh to be an extremely tight weave that can still allow airflow and remain flexible. This tight weave only allows the absolute finest ash particle to pass through.
99% of your ash will be trapped within the Fire Mesh and will not pass. Typically on a 3-hour fire, you will have a tablespoon of ash that has passed through.