Hey Mr. Green,
I’ve been a long-time lover of the campfire tradition, but discovered that even the cleanest burning wood fire releases toxic material into the air. So the good ol’ summer campfire may be just as hazardous to the lungs as breathing secondhand cigarette smoke, and for those downwind who already have asthma, chemical sensitivities, COPD, or are cancer survivors, this is a recipe for misery. —Linda in Edmonton, Alberta
I too love a roaring campfire. Being creatures that play with fire and that take great comfort in crackling flames and smoky flavors, we could contend that we’re hard-wired for campfires and that they’re conducive to mental health and social harmony. But then we might be hard-wired for all sorts of mayhem, so this is a fairly lame defense of fires.