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Any quick and easy set ups for cooking over a campfire? Answered

Thinking particularly about a tripod set up.... or just what works best for you rustic campers out there. Please and thank you...


Wrap what you want to eat in aluminum foil, plus a little bit of cooking oil, and throw in on the coals. Turn occasionally, then chow down. That's how the hobos used to do it.

dutch oven, or a cheap old pot, in the middle of the hot coals after the fire has died down a bit.

Dutch Ovens are amazing. They are the way that I was originally taught to live by when cooking while camping. You can use them as an oven, or as a skillet if you turn the lid upside down. It can also be used as a deep frier. If questions, feel free to ask questions on how to use a dutch oven. I would also agree with a camp grill. You can get ones with legs that stand over the fire, or you can just use a normal grill. As Wolf Seril said, I would strongly suggest using dish soap on the bottom of pans to keep them from blackening. Also, make sure you season and clean your dutch oven properly.

Ditto on dutch ovens. Other things you can do is simply hang a pot from a tripod (you don't really need to know any fancy lashings, just tie three sticks together at one end then spread them out). Another good technique is to get a camp grill. Its basically just a metal grill top with legs that you can put straight over a fire. Put food directly on it to be grilled, or put a pot or pan on it and use it as a stove. If you do use a pot or pan, and don't want it to get all black, wipe a layer of dish soap on it, and it will just wipe off when you wash the pot later. Finally, you can always just roast some food straight over the fire. Stick hot dogs, marshmallows, rabbits, children on a stick and turn until golden brown. If you need to leave it, just sharpen both ends and plant one in the ground a few feet away from the flames. If you don't really care about the pot, you can always just stick it straight on the fire or coals. I cooked ramen and oatmeal all last week this way. Just remember, you don't want a huge blazing bonfire for cooking. Build one up and let it get down to more manageable flames, or better yet, to just coals.

One traditional solution is a dutch oven -- a large pot with short legs, made to sit directly in the coals of the fire, with a lid to keep the ashes out. For long cooking times at higher temperatures they can be completely buried in hot coals. They work for just about anything you could cook in a crockpot, or in a large pot on a stove or in an oven -- including some kinds of baking; I had some brownies recently that were cooked in one, since a friend's kid was entering a Boy Scout cooking competition and giving away brownies gave him an excuse to try several different recipes. Note that until relatively recently this was a common way of cooking at home too -- drag some coals out of the fireplace onto the stone hearth and set a legged pot amongst them. On the other hand, that approach was why many colonial cooks wore wool -- it was less likely to burn them to death if the hem of a skirt happened to get dragged through one of those piles of coals. Downside: Dutch ovens are generally cast iron and HEAVY. Fine for camping with a vehicle or perhaps a horse, not something you'd want to take on a backpacking expedition.