On a recent work trip to Madagascar I had the opportunity to meet several work crews in the jungle, and witness how the local people had developed a myriad of ways to put a pot over a fire to cook (rice or soup). I would have assumed that a single best setup would have evolved to dominate and render all other designs obsolete; as you will see this was not the case. I am not going to go into detailed descriptions of how to construct these cooking stoves, I have never attempted these myself and the images are really quite self explanatory.
***Make sure that you are not building a fire under dry forest conditions and always have several liters of water ready to put out your fire if it gets out of control***
The example above can be called the Delta design.
- Find a Y shaped section of a branch
- Sharpen the base
- Push, or pound it into the ground on a slight slope
- Affix two other branches to form a V into the crook of your Y shaped branch
- You can adjust the height of the pot by sliding it towards or away from the Y and adjusting the position of the supports to hold your pot up.