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Do you think it’s odd to have a b30354794onfire in

the middle of winter?

Who would want to freeze outside, right? 

Actually it’s quite common and here are some reasons why.

  • Bright IdeaWinter Bonfires are a great way to celebrate after exercising outside!
  • Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or a brisk walk in the park are all envigorating and burn calories!
  • Two hours of outdoor activities in the winter help to those affectd by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Bonfire games and big conversations help stimulate your brain!
  • Earlier bonfire parties, it gets dark early!
  • Less risk of spreading forest or grass fires
  • Star gazing… bright Winter stars are amazing.
  • Watch ice melt and sizzle on the fire
  • Snow comes in handy to tame the bonfire.
  • Fresh & exciting outdoors vs. stuffy & dull indoors.
  • With warm clothing it’s toasty warm!
  • Do it yourself Snacks of S’mores and Weenies.
  • Hot drinks such as Cocoa and Cider hit the spot outside.
  • Nice addition to wintertime hot tub parties.
  • If some guests get restless, building snow forts and snowmen is quite fun and enchanting by the light of a bonfire.
  • NO BUGS!

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Celebrate 6 Outdoor Christmas Traditions with a HoeJoe BOGO!

on December 12, 2015 in Campfire, Christmas present, get-together, Holiday gift, Outdoor Party Planning, Outdoors-man gift, Winter Party Comments Off on Celebrate 6 Outdoor Christmas Traditions with a HoeJoe BOGO!

Winter BonfireAs a Christmas tradition here at Bonfire Central we are offering folks a buy one HoeJoe get a HoeJoe jr. FREE.  This special lasts until 12/15/2015. So get yours today and don’t delay!

And since you’ll be getting yourself or a loved one a HoeJoe for Christmas, why not think of some fun things to do with friends and family over the Christmas Season!  Below are just a few great ideas that we offer up to you and yours this holiday season.


#1-Let’s talk about our favorite pastime- Bonfires!

Oh the weather outside it frightful….but the fun you can have is delightful so bring some blankets, some Christmas music, (or just sing Carols around the fire). Fill your thermos with hot chocolate or cider. Don’t forget the marshmallows for the kids and maybe adult beverages for the people over 21+.  Look at the stars and talk about the meaning of the upcoming holiday. (You can even look for the Star of David or watch for Santa, if you choose).


#2-Sparklers In The Snow What better way to welcome the new year than with ultra-festive sparklers? You could wave them around, dance with them, or (my favorite) stick them in the snow where their insanely hot temperatures can’t gitcha. (Common sense precautions apply!)

#3  Snow Ice Cream  Snow ice cream is a great treat and eveyrone can help. Here’s the basic recipe- but know you can                                                             add whatever flavors you desire. It’s fun to experiment!

Easy Snow Ice Cream Recipe

  • 1 gallon or big bowl full of snow
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cream or milk

Then just mix the ingredients together. You get the idea.

#4-Launch Sky Lanterns I first learned when we were in Florida over New Year’s Eve. Hundreds of people launched these wonderuful sky lanterns into the Sky and wished for a Wonderful New Year. Our Family now uses the tradition to also send off prayers to family and friends we want to remember. (The usual precautions regarding launching fire into the sky apply, of course!)

#5- Evening Hike  No matter where you live, its a great idea to get outside and walk after a big meal, or before everyone is nestled all snug in their beds. The cold air and brisk walk makes you feel alive.  An adults-only hike can be a welcome and rigorous workout, but taking the little ones is a perfect chance to discuss the beautifully complex motion of the solar system, and if they are too tired, wrap the in a blanket and put them in a wagon or stroller. Fresh air is a great way to tire them out!

#6-Gift Wrap Scavenger Hunt – If you get cabin fever, wrap up the clan and go outside to gather natural elements to adorn presents . Kids can scurry around the yard or park, hunting for pine cones, acorns, evergreen twigs, and any other pretty, natural elements that can be tied on a package. (Common sense don’t-let-kids-eat-mysterious-berries precautions apply!)


Bonfire Central wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Bonfire Tonight or Any Night!


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Eight Simple Recipes to help you Whip Up a Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors

on November 13, 2015 in get-together, Outdoor Party Planning, Thanksgiving recipes Comments Off on Eight Simple Recipes to help you Whip Up a Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors

Thanksgiving is a time to gather up family and friends to feast on delicious comfort foods.

We know that a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is eaten around the family dining room INSIDE  with lots of traditional Thanksgiving recipes that call for lots of fancy kitchen utensils and pots and pans.

Well we HOEJOE lovers say, let’s break from the  traditionally “stuffy” indoor affair  and BUST out the BONFIRE TOOLs  to create a wonderful outdoor affair.

And really, the ORIGINAL Thanksgiving Feast was, after all..OUTDOORS! So I guess you could say, we’re kicking it old style!

Not only will the affair be casual and cozy in an outdoor setting,  when it comes to cooking outdoors we’re gonna keep it simple!

And if you check out the  eight simple Thanksgiving dinner recipes  found below, you’ll know that simple, means SIMPLY DELICIOUS

Classic Turkey StuffingTurkey on camp fire grill

If you’re going to have turkey for Thanksgiving, it has to have stuffing. Otherwise, you’re going to end up serving a bland bird. The classic turkey stuffing doesn’t require a lot of tools, though, so you shouldn’t have problems making that on your RV stove or over your campfire.

Prep and cooking time: 45 minutes
Good for a 12-14 lbs turkey


  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced finely
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (use low-sodium broth or make your own)
  • 14 cups stale bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries


  1. 1.  In a large frying pan or skillet, fry the bacon until it is brown and crispy. Remove from the pan without draining the bacon drippings. Crumble into small chunks and set aside.
  2. 2.  Melt the butter into the bacon drippings.
  3. 3.  Once the butter has melted, add the onions, garlic and celery and sauté gently until the vegetables are tender.
  4. 4.  Put half of the bread cubes in the pan and stir until the cubes are coated and the butter and drippings completely absorbed.
  5. 5.  Add the rest of the ingredients except for the chicken broth. Stir until completely combined.
  6. 6.  Gradually stir the chicken broth into the mix until you have achieved the level of moistness you want in your stuffing. Don’t put in too much broth, or else the stuffing will be soggy.
  7. 7.  Stuff the stuffing into the turkey and cook it immediately.

Thanksgiving Campfire Turkey

You don’t have an oven in your RV but you have a good fire pit at your campsite? No worries, then – just have cheesecloth, aluminum foil and lots of coal and you can have roasted turkey for Thanksgiving.

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours (or one hour for every 4 lbs of turkey; adjust accordingly)
Yields 8-10 servings


  • 12-14 lbs turkey
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Pre-cooked turkey stuffing


  1. 1.  Prepare your fire pit. Dump enough coals to fill the fire pit in your campfire. Make sure the pit is big enough for your bird, with an inch or two of breathing space.
  2. 2.  Clean your turkey.
  3. 3.  In a small bowl, mix rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper thoroughly. Rub this seasoning mix on the turkey.
  4. 4.  Rub the turkey’s skin with oil until its outside is completely coated.
  5. 5.  Stuff the bird with your pre-cooked turkey stuffing.
  6. 6.  Wrap the bird in cheesecloth, and then with three or four layers of aluminum foil.
  7. 7.  Line the bottom of your fire pit two inches with coal. Make sure you fill the entire bottom.
  8. 8.  Place the bird atop the coals, then dump the rest of the coals over the turkey until the bird is completely covered.

Spam Thanksgiving Dinner

So let’s say you can’t cook turkey at your campsite. Do you really have to have turkey for Thanksgiving? If you’re not so particular with what you’re going to feast on why not have Spam and other conveniently canned goodies cooked over the grill?

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour
Yields 3-4 servings


  • 1 can SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey
  • 1 can cooked ham
  • 1 can turkey gravy
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 1 packaged stuffing
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 3 large yams or sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Corn on the cob


  1. 1.  Prepare your campfire and put a campfire grill over it.
  2. 2.  Cut the potatoes in half and slather the cut sides with butter. Wrap the potatoes in foil and put them on the grill. Cook until tender, turning the foiled packet every two minutes to keep from burning.
  3. 3.  In a bowl, coat the cubed yams or sweet potatoes in sugar. Then wrap them in foil and put them on the grill. Cook until tender, turning the foiled packet every two minutes to keep from burning.
  4. 4.  Shuck the corn and put them on the grill. Cook until slightly charred.
  5. 5.  Cut the spam and the ham into neat slices. Coat these slices in oil and grill them until each side has nice grill marks.
  6. 6.  Prepare the packaged stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy according to instructions.

Blanched Greens Salad with Lemon and Honey Dressing

The turkey may be the star of your Thanksgiving show, but the side dishes give your feast more depth and character. And every feast must have a salad among the side dishes to balance it out and give it a nutritious punch. This blanched greens salad is just the thing for this purpose.

Prep and cooking time: 15 minutes
Yields 3-4 servings


  • 2 cups kale leaves, without the stem
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 orange
  • Salt for boiling water


  1. 1.  Boil slightly salted water in a pot.
  2. 2.  While waiting for the water to boil, whisk together the lemon juice and the honey in a bowl.
  3. 3.  Once the water begins boiling, blanch the veggies in the water for no more than one minute. Drain well.
  4. 4.  Put your blanched veggies in the bowl with the lemon juice and honey.
  5. 5.  Zest the orange over the veggies.
  6. 6.  Toss all the ingredients together and serve.

Campfire Roasted Yams and Apples

It is common to find a dish of roasted yams and apples among the dishes served during Thanksgiving dinner. After all, yams and apples would be in season. This usually requires the use of an oven, but who says you can’t have roasted yams and apples when you’ve got a good campfire?

Prep and cook time: 1 1/2 hours
Yields 3-4 servings


  • 1 large yam
  • 1 large apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 tbsp pecans or walnuts, chopped roughly
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • A pinch of ground cloves or allspice


  1. 1.  Dump coals in your campfire.
  2. 2.  Wrap the yam in foil and cook in the campfire for an hour or until tender. Set aside and allow to cool. Peel the yam and cut into cubes once cooled.
  3. 3.  In a sauce pan, mix the sugar, cornstarch and the cloves or allspice. Once combined, gradually add the orange juice.
  4. 4.  Add the rest of the ingredients in the pan and cook for 20 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Dutch Oven Apple Crisps

If you have a dutch oven, you can have sweet apples crisped with oats and smelling heavenly with cinnamon.

Prep and cooking time: 1 hour
Yields 3-4 servings


  • 4 cups apple slices
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


  1. 1.  In a bowl, mix the sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon until fully combined.
  2. 2.  Add the butter into the mixture.
  3. 3.  Put your apple slices in your dutch oven.
  4. 4.  Spread the mixture evenly over the apple slices.
  5. 5.  Cook over the campfire for 45 minutes or until the apple slices are tender.

Campfire Pumpkin Pie

Many Thanksgiving dinner tables are not complete without pumpkin pie. If you want to have pumpkin pie while camping out for Thanksgiving, there’s no reason why you can’t. You just need a pie iron or dutch oven and you have to do your prep before you set out for your camping trip.

Prep time (at home): 2 hours
Prep time (at campsite): 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes (if using pie iron); 25 minutes (if using dutch oven)
Yields 8 servings

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into smaller cubes

Ingredients for the filling

  • 2 cups pumpkin, pureed
  • 1 1/2 cups light cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves or allspice

Instructions for prep time at home:

  1. 1.  Prepare your pie crust according to your favorite pie crust recipe or use a recipe like Martha Stewart’s. Keep your pie crust in the freezer and pack it in your cooler when you go on your camping trip.
  2. 2.  You can also puree your pumpkin beforehand using these methods, keep it in the freezer, and then pack it in your cooler when you leave for your camping trip. You can also puree your pumpkin at the campsite.

Instructions for cooking at the campsite:

  1. 1.  Puree your pumpkin if you haven’t done it at home. Clean the outside of the pumpkin, cut it in half, and remove its seeds and stringy insides. Steam or boil your pumpkin until the flesh is soft, then set aside to cool. Once cooled, scoop the flesh out of your pumpkin and then mash the flesh by hand using a fork.
  2. 2.  Prepare your pie crust. If you’re using a pie iron, cut your pie crust into two squares that can fit the pie iron and grease your pie crust with butter. Use these squares to line your pie iron. If you’re using a dutch oven, grease the bottom and sides of the dutch oven with butter and then place the bottom pie crust inside.
  3. 3.  Mix all the ingredients for the filling thoroughly in a bowl. Once completely combined, pour the mixture into the bottom pie crust.
  4. 4.  Cover the filling with the top crust of the pie. Glaze the top crust lightly with egg whites.
  5. 5.  Place the pie iron or dutch oven on your campfire and cover the lid with coals. The pie should be ready in 15 minutes in the pie iron or 25 minutes in the dutch oven.

Campfire Orange Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls can be a decadent treat. Now, cinnamon rolls baked over the campfire – that’s something truly special. And we’ve all got to have special things to eat for a camping Thanksgiving dinner.

Prep and cooking time: 30 minutes
Yields 4 servings


  • 2 large oranges
  • 4 cans Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing


  1. 1.  Cut the oranges in half and scoop out the flesh. You only need the orange shells.
  2. 2.  Fill each orange half-shell with the cinnamon roll.
  3. 3.  Place the filled half-shells on a baking pan and cover with foil.
  4. 4.  Place the baking pan on the campfire or grill and bake for 20 minutes or until the rolls rise.
  5. 5.  Allow the rolls to cool and then top with the icing.

Happy Thanksgiving! And remember to use your HoeJoe, the bonfire maintenance tool, to manage your fire while you tend to your turkey. Or if you are going to be a gues at an outdoor feast, bring a HoeJoe as a host/hostess gift. Especially since right now we have BOGO SPECIAL going on so you can buy one for yourself and one as a gift just in time to work your magic during the holiday season!

Apple Peanut Butter Marshmallow

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Bonfire Season is just around the corner and we wanted to show you a FUN idea for your next chance to roast marshmallows by a fire….I know these are WHITE teeth, but a bit of browning over an open fire will make them ghoulishly delicious this autumn season.

And don’t forget  your HoeJoe- the original bonfire maintenance tool, that will help keep that fire burning until everyone has a tummy full of these yummy MOUTH watering treats!
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Happy HoeJoe New Year

on January 8, 2013 in Bonfire safety, Campfire, Camping, get-together, Gift, HoeJoe, Outdoor Fireplace, Spring Comments Off on Happy HoeJoe New Year

Let’s Get Ready to Bonfire in 2013!

For the best bonfire experience you

have to have a HoeJoe!

Order Online or visit a retail location near you.

The HoeJoe will be at

RV Vacation and Camping Show

February 7 – 10, 2013

Minneapolis Convention Center

Visit us at Booth 1136

10 Ways to Create a Spooktacular Halloween Party

on October 3, 2012 in Bonfire safety, Cabin, Campfire, get-together, Halloween Party, Outdoor Party Planning, Uncategorized Comments Off on 10 Ways to Create a Spooktacular Halloween Party

Halloween is a spooktacular time to throw a party outside especially if you’ve got access to fire!

If you have a patio kettle, a chiminea, an outdoor fireplace or an in ground fire pit –you can use this as Bonfire Central and easily dress up the party scene with a cool Halloween motif.


1. When planning a bonfire party make sure to check with your city to find out their bonfire regulations or if you have to alert them to your plans for an outdoor bonfire. (You don’t want a surprise visit from the fire department!)

2. Keep a pail of water and your HoeJoe nearby – your guests may get out of hand…but you don’t want your fire to get too hot to handle. The HoeJoe will let you play with fire and not get burned!


3. Costume parties are always a hit- but why not go a step further-Ask your guests to come as Glamour Witches or Dashing Draculas.Then folks don’t have to think of a costume idea- they just have to create it.

Glamour Witches

Halloween Party Ideas











Plan a Memorial Holiday, Camp and Celebrate

on May 30, 2010 in Camping, get-together, Memorial Day Comments Off on Plan a Memorial Holiday, Camp and Celebrate

Memorial Day Camp Out & Picnic

Want to plan a Memorial Day Weekend celebration with friends and family?
A Camp out really does sound like a great Idea. It’s an excellent way to get away from the norm…to spend quality time with each other, to remember what has been given to us, those who have passed, and to celebrate American life and tradition. We’ve collected some nice ideas for a camp out, in keeping with the Memorial Day Holiday.

  • First, find the perfect camp out location, keeping family tradition in mind. (Family Cabin, Grandma’s Backyard, Family home town, Favorite lake, Park or Place that brings back memories)
  • Be sure to check the weather (know what to pack, know what activities and possibilities to plan for)
  • Make some new memories while remembering!
    Bring some traditional American spirit to the weekend with favorite past times and traditional indoor or outdoor games. Ask the older guests for their input.
  • Gather and honor those who have contributed to this great free country of ours by dedicating time for remembering and sharing stories around a picnic, or bonfire. 
  • Family and friends can each bring their own albums and photos of loved ones lost to share (especially of those who have served our country)
  • Set up a special place to display photographs and memorabilia of these heroes.
  • Share, swap or use old and traditional recipes at your memorial picnic or BBQ. You may have an old family recipe that deserves to be passed on. Maybe some one who passed had a favorite recipe?
  • Have the musicians of the group to bring their guitars, or play some patriotic music to add to the reminiscing mood. 

An American Past Time Outside With The Twins!

on April 27, 2010 in Baseball Game Party, get-together, Outdoor Party Planning Comments Off on An American Past Time Outside With The Twins!

Thanks to the New Twins Stadium, Downtown Minneapolis has been transformed.

Downtown Minneapolis is a newly hip cool place for folks to wander the streets, enjoy the outdoor venues, travel on the light rail and feel like they are on vacation in their own backyard. 

The HoeJoe staff enjoyed the inaugural events at the 2010 Twin’s Opener. The fanfare was awesome… bringing back star players to raise flags, and celebrate outdoor baseball! If you’re heading to a game, you may want to know that parking can be tough downtown… especially during day games. Be sure to check the various public transportation schedules for buses,  North-Star Rail and the Light Rail to see if they run before and after game times… it could relieve some stress and help you avoid paying $20.00 or more for parking.
The HoeJoe folks hope you take a tip from this new outdoor baseball scene and get outside and enjoy the great Minnesota summers. If you’re a Twins fan but can’t get out to the new outdoor stadium… we can suggest that you create your own outdoor baseball party and invite the neighbors! We think this would be fun, here are some of our ideas…

  • 1. Suggest everyone wear Twin’s gear and head on over to your backyard.
  • 2. Set up your TV set outside on the patio and bring out the lawn chairs.
  • 3. As the day turns into evening… start a bonfire to keep folks warm and create a cozy ambiance while you recap the game highlights.
  • 4. Serve up hot dogs and beer… place the beer in buckets of ice…
    Hamm’s or Beer from local breweries are a great way to set the stage.
  • 5. Instead of heating the dogs yourself… get roasting forks and allow folks to roast their own over the open bonfire or outdoor fireplace.
  • 6. For dessert have a S’more bar… include marsh-mellows, graham crackers, slices of apples, peanut butter and chocolates… folks can create their own unique treat.
  • 7. And of course… Don’t forget to have your American made HoeJoe handy so that the fire can be safely maintained throughout the festivities!

Spring Fling ~ when sparks fly!

on April 10, 2010 in get-together, Nature Lovers, Spring Comments Off on Spring Fling ~ when sparks fly!

Get outside and love it!


You could say, “It’s a love affair out there.”

Just weeks ago, there were no birds in sight. The grass was brown and matted, the trees bare and still. Now, the crisp spring air is cluttered with chirping. We gotta say, we’re loving this Spring fling; when buds burst, birds sing and sparks fly. Happiness has just exploded in the air. You just have to get outside. A comforting chill still blankets us in the evening…perfect for bonfires with friends and neighbors! Relish woodsy scents of the night’s crisp cool air…what’s left of our exhausting winter, we can surely bear! Time to celebrate, catch up and mingle again. How great this is, this spring fling, when sparks fly!


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