You've gone camping. You've bought some burgers, some sausages, a disposable bbq, and are all ready for dinner. However, the ground is dry as a bone and you are in serious danger of starting a forest fire if you light the barbecue directly on the ground, plus they burn better with air flow underneath them too, so what are you going to do? Here's a simple guide to making an instant BBQ stand just using tent pegs.
What you will need
A disposable BBQ
4 tent pegs
A mallet or hammer or rock
Sausages (well, any food will do, but everyone knows that emulsified high-fat offal tubes taste the best)
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Step 1: Get Some Tent Pegs
To make this barbecue stand you are going to need to get 4 tent pegs, and a mallet. Any pegs will do, even the most badly bent ones. Did you bang every single tent peg in when putting your tent up? No, didn't think so. On the off chance that you did, take out 4 from your ground sheet - it's not going anywhere while you are cooking and isn't going to cause the tent to fall down.
Step 2: Insert the Pegs
Chances are your disposable BBQ will have a piece of paper on the front. Take it off and put it on the ground. This will be your template.
Put one tent peg at each corner of the paper, about 1 -2 inches in from the corner. Use your mallet (or rock) to bang the pegs in to the ground, leaving about 2-3 inches sticking out. Point the tent peg hooks in towards the middle.
When you are done, tear the paper off the tent pegs to leave bare ground underneath.
Step 3: Add the BBQ and Light It
Place your disposable BBQ on the four pegs. You will probably find that it is not level at first. Simply tap in or pull out the appropriate peg to get it level. This is an important step, because if you cook on a slope, you are going to find your sausages rolling off.
Once it's level, light the BBQ. Because it is off the ground, it won't damage the forest floor, and the air circulating underneath it will make it warm up faster and hotter.
Step 4: Cook
Add your favourite food and cook.
After cooking, leave the BBQ to cool, then pour water over it (to make sure any dying embers are doused) and dispose of in the appropriate place. The ground below will be unburnt.
Don't forget to take out your tent pegs!
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