That’s FIRE! 🔥

Fire at The Magic Glamp, The Mellow Submarine, and The Perfect Pitch campsites at Noble Homestead

What would camping be without the cozy crackling comfort and lightshow of a campfire? Not as amazing! We at Noble Homestead love hosting your glamping getaways, and want to make sure you get the most out of your camping experience, and have fun with safety.

At The Magic Glamp Premier Signature Tentrr Site, you get a nice metal fire “bowl” on legs at your site for cooking and cozying a safe distance from the deck and tent. We have provided an iron tripod, and a large iron grate that covers the fire pit and we provide a disposal aluminum grill cover for direct food contact. In addition, you have a wood stove inside. And a kettle, and percolator! In the field, you have a huge fire ring and the capacity for small bonfires in absolute safety.

Outdoor Folding Campfire Grill 40 x 18 x 9 inches

At the Mellow Submarine, you have a three-burner propane stove in the camper, a small “bowl” type fire pit for cozying and smores, and a large fire ring in the field which keeps a nice big fire safe.

Best Choice Products 21.5-inch Fire Pit Bowl Table and Storage w/Shelf, Fire Spark Guard, Log Grate, Poker, Water-Resistant Cover

At The Perfect Pitch, you have the large fire ring with a grate for over top and aluminum grill covers for direct food contact, all a safe distance from the deck for cooking.

Making the Fire: Safety First

Before starting the fire, look around your campsite to make sure your tent, gear, and any other flammable objects are at least 15 feet away and upwind of the firepit.

  • Wood
    If we have not provided enough for your use with your campsite, let us know. Wood should be bought from us (no collecting anything other than kindling or flowers and herbs from our property). PLEASE do NOT bring your own wood. Bringing wood from far away might bring along pests that can escape the burning wood and potentially cause problems in their new environment.
  • Constructing your fire
    There are many ways to arrange your firewood before you start burning.
    Fire needs air to grow, so don’t just stack wood in a big pile. One way to start is by laying larger pieces of wood in a cross-hatch pattern, making a small tower. Then, place plenty of kindling (e.g. dried leaves, small twigs, etc.) and a few firestarters (we provide those, too!) in the lower gaps between the wood. Use matches or a lighter on your fire or starter to ignite it; it should then catch your kindling on fire, which should eventually catch your larger pieces of wood on fire.
  • Using accelerants (like gas or lighter fluid) at Noble Homestead & Camps
    We at Noble Homestead ask that you use NO chemical accelerants. If you cannot start your fire, we are happy to help get it going! Just text or call Ray, 518-322-9312 or Vicki 518-256-6437, anytime. An accelerant is a flammable liquid or mixture, like lighter fluid, that is used to speed up starting a fire. Never use any other accelerants, like gasoline, as this can be super dangerous to you and others around you!
  • Keeping the fire burning
    Your fire might burn quite quickly if your firewood is extremely dry. Wetter wood will burn slower, but you don’t want it too wet or it won’t catch fire. Wet wood will smoke way more than dry wood. If you have extra firewood, keep it stacked upwind of your fire, so that a sudden breeze won’t light all the rest of your wood on fire. Keep the fire small so it stays under control.

Safety Second: Once You Have the Fire Burning

You want to think about safety before starting a fire and you should keep it in mind while the fire is going, too.

  • Close enough to toast marshmallows, not hands
    Depending on the size of your fire and how windy it is, you might be able to sit right by it – or you might have to stand several feet away. Remember that synthetic clothing melts when it gets hot – don’t ruin your nice new fleece jacket by letting sparks blow on it from your campfire! If you plan on cooking on the fire, make sure you have cooking tools that are long enough so you have a safe distance between you and the fire. Look for cooking tools with insulated handles to avoid burns.
  • Watch children and pets around campfires
    It almost goes without saying, but if you’re camping with kids or pets, keep an eye on them. Young children who haven’t been around a campfire before might not be cautious about running near it.
  • Drinking and burning
    If the campground where you’re staying allows alcoholic beverages, do not throw bottles or cans into the fire! Broken glass and half-melted aluminum will probably make your hosts and the next camper pretty unhappy. Burning anything but wood (especially plastics) can also lead to toxic gases.

Safety Third: Preparing for Emergencies

Never leave a campfire unattended. Always put your fire out at night. If you need more water, just text Ray at 518-322-9312 or Vicki at 518-256-6437. You might have a sudden need to put it out or the weather might change dramatically (such as the wind might grow really breezy and threaten to push your fire out of your fire ring). Know what steps to take if someone is burned by sparks, hot cooking tools, or coals. Don’t forget to “stop, drop, and roll” if any of your clothes catch on fire.

Using the Woodstove at The Magic Glamp

Tentrr has created an easy-to-follow video on how to use the woodstove here:

Using the Wood Stove, by Tentrr

Have fun and if you have any questions, just text Ray at 518 322 9312 🙂


Super Blood Moon, Meteor Shower on the Way in May

Look UP at Noble Homestead… Our sky is your theater!

A waning gibbous Moon above the Earth's horizon
Photo credit: Nasa Johnson

From a total lunar eclipse to a Super moon and meteor shower — here’s a look from at what you can expect to see in the night sky in May.

A Fresh Start at Noble Homestead and Camps

We are so grateful for the beauty that surrounds our happy family here at Noble Homestead. The snow kept a pretty cover over our oh-so-many projects but we are looking forward to getting out the Spring To-do list and getting some things checked off! We’re planning the year’s projects and endeavors. We decanted all tinctures and put up all forages and are getting ready for the next.

What it looks like here in February – March!

Last year was a huge surprise for us and probably all of you. While helping people take a break and escape from it all, and nourishing their souls through their senses and sometimes their bellies, we found our calling. We are farming Happy Experiences, veggies and herbs, organic eggs, edible flowers, and sharing healthy information. It was so much fun sharing it with SO MANY good people and their friends and families!

Last year ended up being pretty amazing despite what was going on outside our little piece of paradise here in Upstate NY. We had started with one Tentrr camp, and ended up with three separate and different camping facilities and happy campers all around! The Magic Glamp was booked all summer and into late fall, and it’s booking up again for the coming season. We had fun helping more than a few friends, families, lovers, and their dogs celebrate special occasions, birthdays, each other, and nature. The Mellow Submarine proved to be a GROOVY spot in it’s infancy, with international travelers from three different continents safely enjoying each others’ company with a few songs in the moonlight. The Perfect Pitch tent site became a well-loved destination spot for quite a few families, lovers and their doggies, too! We had so much fun learning from like-minded people who needed the fresh air and sunlight to feel like themselves (or better!) again. And of course, we LOVED making all those Brekkie Baskets and delivering them to happy hungry smiles at the camps!

Here are some of the upgrades planned for this year’s camping season. These are plans, and we are hoping to exceed them, but don’t hold us to them, and just act pleasantly surprised 🙂

  • All the camps have gotten a nice big safe fire ring for the ground campfires.
  • All the camps will have a covered table area for eating.
  • All the camps will have gravity-fed water catchment systems for washing water, and w 4 times as much water available!
  • All the camps will have an herb garden, tomatoes, and edible flowers for free use. Carrot buckets will be available for $15 at our camp store (if the carrots are ready). You will have at least ten to unearth in a bucket, organic and ready to eat!

The Magic Glamp is getting a new homestead-built gravity-fed shower, and a we’re hoping for a permanent cover on the kitchen. There will be HUGE garden upgrades, including a trellis that doubles as a shade structure. We will upgrade the washing center, and this will also be attached to the gravity-fed water tank. There will also be another picnic table in the field for use as well.

We KNOW, it’s supposed to be “roughing it,” but The Perfect Pitch will get a covered eating area built against the LooShower house. It is also getting a new garden. It’s a great spot to stretch out and breathe for just a hundred bucks!

The Mellow Submarine will get it’s own 12×10 deck and we’re hoping to finish some fun new renovations in the cute little 1994 Sunline 15′ camper.

We have built a 7 x 12 foot loo facility and there’s a reason why it’s so big… At first, we had considered making a spa bathroom, but then thought further, to those who might not be able to get out and away from everything to relax right now. A light bulb went off! We are hoping to make the whole camp (minus the tiny camper, of course) accessible to those who are differently abled! This means that some (hopefully most) persons with disabilities can still use the camp, deck, and loo facilities at The Mellow Submarine Camp! In addition to bringing your own tent to pitch on the grounds, or renting one of ours, the deck will have an appropriate ramp, space to turn, and rails, so you may have your tent on the deck. The bathroom facility is wide enough for the maneuvering of wheelchairs or additional assistants that may be required in the stall. The sink will be at an appropriate height for most users, and have enough space underneath for knees if need be, and all handles will be bar-shaped to allow for easier use for all. It’s an easy camp to get to with a van and there’s ample parking. We will be working on a few paved or decked paths to allow for wheelchair adventuring through the field amongst the wildflowers. We’re also planting a sensory garden (suggestions welcome on this).

These are just a few of Vicki’s brainstorms and there’s plenty more to come.

Some dreams of hers:

  • A REAL flower farm
  • Weddings!
  • Hot Air Balloon rides
  • Zipline!
  • A spa where you can have floral essence baths under blue skies or stars
  • Mini Golf!
  • Goat Yoga
  • A frog pond with solar fountain
  • “Chicken TV” at each camp
  • Hummingbird feeding!
  • SO MANY MORE… and we take suggestions seriously… SERIOUSLY! What are YOUR ideas and dreams for Noble Homestead and Camps?

As always, thanks for visiting and sharing the journey with us. Now that the weather is getting nicer we will be getting out there to put many of Vicki’s awesome ideas into effect as quickly as possible, and we will certainly share our progress. We love your feedback, questions, and suggestions so, please, keep them coming! 🙂