There’s nothing wrong with the classic rock fire ring, but building one isn’t always possible, legal or ethical. So with the growth of a more “camp anywhere” culture spurred on by overlanding and #vanlife, we’ve seen a growth in the number of portable, collapsible fire pits out there. The new Firekorf from Belgium’s By Arnaud is lighter and more collapsible than average, relying on four folding legs and a mesh basket to pack small but fire up big. An available cooking grate and spit turn it into a go-anywhere wood-fire cooker.
Existing collapsible fire pit designs tend to be heavy and bulky or undersized for burning anything larger than tinder and kindling. Some even suffer from both issues. Firekorf designer Arnaud Desseyn attempts to overcome those problems with a fire pit that folds tiny while still offering room for a solid fire. “Korf” means “basket” in Dutch, and indeed the key to the whole design is the removable steel-mesh fire basket that can fold and roll in ways that metal-panel boxes cannot.
To hold the basket in place above the ground, By Arnaud relies on a frame of four stainless steel legs attached at the center. The legs extend up and hooks toward the top of each one secure the basket’s grommets in place. The legs easily swivel and fold down for packing.