Campfire Toasting Fork

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Introduction: Campfire Toasting Fork


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.

Step 1: Tools/Materials


You need:

A penknife, preferably locking for safety. (I used  Victorinox Skipper)
A stick, about 1/2 an inch thick and as long as you want the fork to be.
Another stick, about 3 inches long and 1/4 of an inch thick.

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:


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.

Step 5: Step 4:

Sharpen the ends of the stick to make the toasting fork complete!

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    45 Discussions

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    GazNZ
    GazNZ

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    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.

    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.

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    ostomesto
    ostomesto

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    im doing the fish thing! great idea

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    Purple Guy
    Purple Guy

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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
    AntMan232

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, someone actually liked it enough to bother to make it! it makes it all worth the effort. Lets see some more pics guys...

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    ostomesto
    ostomesto

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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'

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    CamWaite
    CamWaite

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I will hopefully take this design to scout camp in the next few weeks!

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    Purple Guy
    Purple Guy

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    what sort of wood did you use? just so I know

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    ninja_maker
    ninja_maker

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hey also u can soak the front in water so that it doesn't catch on fire.

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    ninja_maker
    ninja_maker

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    chuckr44
    chuckr44

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Coliflower
    Coliflower

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great 'ible, 5 stars.

    Good idea and design, I may try this when I go camping this coming summer.

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    dropkick
    dropkick

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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
    AntMan232

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've used the same contraption as a snowshoe as well, maybe this winter that'll be the next instructable...