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This instructable tells you how to make a really easy toasting fork, for use on campfires. It takes about 30 seconds to make and can be made with just a penknife.
 
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Step 2: Step 1:

Take the thicker stick, and hold it vertically. Split it about 4 inches down from the end. Keep you fingers clear, because it can suddenly give, and the knife could shoot down. I hold the stick upright with the knife on the end, and tap the back until it starts to split.

Step 3: Step 2:

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Do the same as step 1 but at 90 degrees to the first cut.

Step 4: Step 3:


Either:

Take the 3 inch stick and cut it in half to make two 1.5 inch sticks.

Or

Split a slightly thicker stick vertically to create two roughly 1.5 inch sticks.

Then push one down the first cut, leaving it a bit clear of the end of the split to ensure it doesn't split further. Do the same with the other stick.

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Sharpen the ends of the stick to make the toasting fork complete!
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GazNZ1 year ago
These are the sort of camping hacks that I'm looking for: ones that need little preparation and equipment, but just some ingenuity. Thanks AntMan232! I appreciate your post!
eyesee2 years ago
Approve
freeza362 years ago
I will post a pic of mine later today
u can also make in bigger scale to catch fishes at a river but use preferebly a bamboo stick with a diameter 1.5in or 2ins.
feibiao3 years ago
simple and useful i'll have a try next camp
im camping this friday
Nice job, AntMan232. If you want to go one stage further, would point out that this can also be used for spearing things, fish mainly, if you trim the points a bit and maybe make the project a little larger overall. Instructables like this are great - useful but simple. I shall be using this on my next camping trip, that's for sure.
GOOD IDEAR
im doing the fish thing! great idea
Purple Guy4 years ago
I made this today. The main bit of wood was perhaps a bit thin and also wasn't very straight so I might make another tomorrow? : )
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AntMan232 (author)  Purple Guy4 years ago
Wow, someone actually liked it enough to bother to make it! it makes it all worth the effort. Lets see some more pics guys...
thats not nice its a great idea IM GOING TO MAKE IT HUMPH
of course someone's gonna make it. this is one of the things that are useful, awesome, and creative yet take only a couple minutes to make. im bored and have nothings to do so im gonna make one now. its easy and useful, thats what makes a good ible'
I will hopefully take this design to scout camp in the next few weeks!
Thanks for the patch! :D
what sort of wood did you use? just so I know
AntMan232 (author)  Purple Guy4 years ago
Not a clue.(sorry)
ninja_maker3 years ago
Hey also u can soak the front in water so that it doesn't catch on fire.
ninja_maker3 years ago
ive gone cmapind before and never seen someone make this. this time im goin to be roastin 4 marshmallows at once while they're still roasting one.
chuckr444 years ago
Hm. I bet if I put a hotdog between the "tines", then remove the cross sticks, the tines will squeeze the hotdog enough so it won't fall into the fire.

Coliflower4 years ago
Great 'ible, 5 stars.

Good idea and design, I may try this when I go camping this coming summer.
dropkick4 years ago
Great hotdog or marshmallow spear, and it would work for holding and cooking meat. But if green willows are available I'd rather make a grill and fry my burger on it. Bend a larger branch into a u-shape, tie the ends together, and weave smaller branches through each other and the u-shape. (Bad drawing below) While traditionally used for frying fish, I've cooked burgers and steaks on them before.
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AntMan232 (author)  dropkick4 years ago
I've used the same contraption as a snowshoe as well, maybe this winter that'll be the next instructable...
this can also be a frog gig
Very true!
Ew.
dont go camping if ypu cant handle the grosser things
I go camping plenty and never found the need to gig a frog. However, that doesn't mean I wouldn't eat me some frog legs if someone else did it.
AntMan232 (author)  spenfisher124 years ago
Thanks, however two other people have said almost the same thing, could you please read the comments next time!
if there are less than 5
brickman934 years ago
so what exactally do you toast with this?
AntMan232 (author)  brickman934 years ago
Whatever you like, bread, sausages, fish, burgers...
kumo4 years ago
Concerning the choice of wood, hazel is a favorite around here. (I'm from Switzerland). In Europe, you're never far from an hazel tree, which technically looks more like a bush. Easy to split straight shafts with straight grain, very flexible wood, very workable with basic tools (say, a pocket knife of the swiss variety), tasty edible nuts. Birch, once stripped from its bark, would be be very usable as well.
Purple Guy4 years ago
Good 'ible, I might try tomorrow but I can tell that I'll just end up splitting the wood in half or it snapping with my luck!
Make sure your stick is green, and it should be less likely to snap.
thanks : )
fireraisr4 years ago
this is more commonly known as a frog gig or fishing spear. I'm sure it makes a great campfire fork as well. an important thing to note is the type of wood you use for this. Sure you can make it out of anything but certain woods are toxic and can actually poison your food. If you aren't sure, pine is always a safe bet (outdoors-man fact: every part of the pine tree is edible, from the needles to the inner bark. Many campers enjoy pine needle tea)
Yeah, you can set up camp by a river, make one of these, stab a fish, then take it straight to the fire and cook it up.
AntMan232 (author)  fireraisr4 years ago
Yeah, I knew the stuff about pines, but which woods are toxic? Also, I would have barbed it for a fishing spear, but thanks.
Broom AntMan2324 years ago
Cashews, yew, black cherry twigs (but mostly the bark, so peeling the bark off the sticks should make them safe), and a few others. Most are perfectly safe.
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