Growing up my dad made marshmallow forks out of broom handles and wire clothing hangers.  These were outstanding marshmallow forks because the wooden handle and overall length allowed one to sit back and roast a perfect marshmallow.   This instructable shows you how to make this traditional marshmallow fork from a broom handle and wire clothing  hangers. 

The basic process for making marshmallow forks:
1) Make the winding tool
2) Wind the wire fork
3) Cut and prepare the handle
4) Assemble the fork and handle

Marshmallow Fork Materials
    broom handle (or 7/8 hardwood dowel)
    Coat hangers (or 10g or 12g stainless steel wire)

Winding Tool Materials
    1/4" x 20 x 2.5" threaded bolt.  The bolt must be threaded all the way to the head.
    1/4" x 20 nut
    1/4" x 20 wing nut
    2x 1/4" fender washers
    2x 1/4" lock washers

    Scrap 1x4 (fork mandrel)
    Electric Drill
    Drill bits - 3/16" and assorted
    6d Box Nails
    Diagonal Cutters
    Medium Grit Sandpaper
    Adjustable Wrenches

Step 1: Material Options

Wire Fork

Typical wire clothing hangers are either 11 ga. or 13 ga. wire.  The heavier gauge wire may seem preferable but my experience has been that the breakage rate while winding the fork is very high (~100%).  The 13 ga. wire clothing hanger does a good job for roasting marshmallows, however, it is not stiff enough for roasting hot dogs.   The wire clothing hangers can be replaced by stainless steel wire.    Below is an annotated list of wire I have used.

<> 10 ga. (0.102") Stainless  Steel -- very stiff, easily handles multiple hotdogs, can be difficult to work with.
<> 11 ga. (0.102") steel clothing hanger  -- high breakage rate (~100%)
<> 12 ga. (0.081") Stainless  Steel -- good for marshmallows, satisfactory for one hotdog.
<> 13 ga. (0.081") steel clothing hanger  -- good for marshmallows.
<> 14 ga. (0.064") Stainless  Steel -- too flexible.

The stainless steel wire can be purchased from McMaster Carr

Wooden Handles

Hardwood dowels can be used as an alternative to broom handles.  A 7/8"x48" hardwood dowel is a comfortable size and convenient length -- one dowel makes two handles.  Also five 7/8" dowels fit within a 3" drain pipe if not heavily painted. 

I typically store 10 marshmallow forks in a 4' section of 3" drain  pipe.  The forks are inserted face to face with the wire fork overlapping the handles.

Don't be fooooled!!! Marshmallows on metal melt and fall off!!
Very true for a clean marshmallow fork. But when have you ever seen one. <br> <br>Once a marshmallow gets burnt on the fork there is a carbon build-up. That carbon helps hold the marshmallow on the fork. It also helps to hold the fork as level as possible when roasting. I typically lose marshmallows that drip through the tangs.
what a great project! This sure beats using a raw coathanger or finding a stick to sharpen. As far as marshmallows falling off, just barb the tines slightly. When you cut off the winding tool bend the wire sharply back then clip it close to make a tiny harpoon.
<p>The problem with metal is that the inside cooks faster than the outside. A barb in the mushy center doesn't do anything to keep it from sliding around. A real stick is perfect because it cooks from the outside and stays firmly on the stick until it is perfectly gooey and golden brown all the way through. </p>
<p>sounds like you're saying it'll be insulated from the metal by old crusty marshmallow ash haha no thanks. I like to scrape/burn that stuff off my sticks before putting a new marshmallow on, even in the same sitting. I save my perfect marshmallow sticks for reuse and they work wayyy better than any metal!</p>
Hi, great forks! The only warning is that most cost hangers are galvanised with zinc which is highly poisonous and has a low melting point. Stainless steel wire without galv would do the job, and safely. Well done!
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For some reason I can't get the .wmv files to play, I get a bunch of gobly gook text that makes no sense. Anyone else having this problem? <br> <br>As for the fire pit, it does look like an old washing machine tub. I've been using one for over 20 years. My cousin made it and had angle iron welded to it to let it stand up. We use it during the year to have nice fires or burn up scrap wood and yard debris. I would suggest contacting your local appliance repair shop to see if they will sell you an old washing machine tub. Place it up on cinder blocks, bricks, what have you, to get it up off the ground. These things will put out some serious heat once they get going. One year we used one at camp when it rained all weekend. The ground was bone dry for at least 4 feet around the fire pit because we kept it full.
I have added MPEG files. I hope they work better.
My one complaint would be that some coat hangars are coated with varnish or something so you have to be careful to not use those. <br> <br>Also, if you have a lot of breakage you can heat the wires up with a torch just a little bit and that should help with the twisting. <br> <br>Otherwise, great Instructable and tribute.
Great instructable. Takes me back to summer youth camp. Question -- is there an instructable on the fire pit in the background ?
Thank You! <br> <br>The fire pit is a stainless steel tub from a front loading washing machine. My wife gave it to me on Father's Day in 2011. She found it on craigslist. I would suggest searching on &quot;washer tub fire&quot;. <br> <br>As HollyHarken said, the fire pit puts out some &quot;serious heat.&quot; I typically toss scrap from the workshop in it. I have a round BBQ grill that I set on top to cook burgers and off course marshmallow. In fact it is actually too hot for marshmallow; the outside gets toasted before the inside gets thoroughly heated.
It looks like the inside (tub) of a washing machine!
Or maybe tumble washer/drier? <br> <br>Need marshmallows.. need fork.. need stove.. need fuel.. and a match. :)
Very nice 'ible - explained well, good pics, simple yet elegant, and inexpensive.
What a great tribute to your Dad! Thanks for sharing.
I must admit, I was completely distracted by the very first photo. Is that an old washing machine or dryer drum being used as your fire-pit? Very neat idea! <br> <br>Great idea for the marshmallow forks, too. I'm taking the kids camping this weekend!
Second the fire pit question. Another Instructable please!
Would I lose my eligibity and amateur status if I used these? I worry about that. :o)
Very nice tribute to your father. I can't wait to make these for my camping family!
Really fantastic. Thank you for sharing this!
Great tribute to your Dad. Peace be with you. (I still use ancient camping gear because they remind me of great times with my Dad)
As someone who has had the privilege of camping with saharvey2, I can tell you they work great.
I still like using a small stick. I know it is done when the marshmallow no longer turns when the stick does.
Nice solution... better results... and the best is a low price... <br> <br>Congrats thanks for sharing.
Very nice, your father would like them. <br>
They look fantastic - very professional. :)

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