Step 8: In Memoriam to the "Professional" Camper

This instructable was prepare for Father's Day in memory of my dad, Stanley E. Harvey.  On 7 June 2012, he went to be with the Lord.

To a close circle of family and friends he was the "Professional Camper."  When out camping with him, if we ever needed something we could ask him; either he had what we needed or knew how to accomplish the job using the tools and materials he had.  He is deeply missed.

My dad first made this type of marshmallow fork back in the 1970's.  We have used them for many years.  I hope  you will make enjoy using these "Professional" marshmallow forks as much as we do.

Happy Father's Day Dad!
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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