5 Awesome Campfire Cooking Equipment that You Can’t Live Without
Outdoor camping is full of fun. Sitting in a group around the fire, watching the glow of flames, smelling spicy sizzling lambs steak; all are amazing activity. That’s what most of the people think when mentioning camping. Yes, cooking in a camp is really exciting. But open flame cooking requires a lot of planning. Basic cooking equipments are one of those. Some essential utensils may decide what type of experience you’ll have.
You may carry lots of fancy gear. But unless you have a plan to cook some specific dishes, how can you decide which utensils you should carry to your campsite cabin? The recipes will actually lead your way. A good selection of portable and multipurpose cooking tools will play vital roles in determining. You certainly don’t want to carry two types of equipment which can cook the same recipe.
Here are the lists of 5 essential campfire cooking utensils which will reduce your backpack’s weight and give you an awesome experience.
1. Campfire Tripod:
This is an ideal lightweight and compact supply a camper can have. This easy to carry equipment allows you to cook in a lot of ways. This tripod let you hang kettles, pot or any other utensils which have hanging options. Even you can hang a full-length lamb’s leg and enjoy the smell of roasting.
If you want to get an identical temperature, you can lower or higher the chain that come with the tripod. This three-legged stand has quick disseminating option.
There is a risk involves with this hanging stand. If the setup isn’t sturdy or if somehow the upper lashed rods couldn’t hold each other tightly, it could mess up the meal.
The good news is if you forgot to bring this handy tool, you can make one in the middle of the jungle. You’ll need 3 same size wood’s stake (mostly 4′ long), a steel chain with both ways hocked (S-Hooks) attached.
Bring a Dutch oven lid stand for your next trip. It’ll help you to deal with the different dilemma.
2. Grill set or portable burner:
Who doesn’t want to take the amazing smell of meat barbecuing? It won’t fulfill your camping desire without this meal. You can cook almost everything over a portable burner even vegetable too.
You can place any cooking skillet or pot over this grill grate. If you are planning to cook over coal, then get a cooking grate with sturdy legs. I personally carry a larger size which allows placing 2 pots at a time. It saves my cooking time.
This practical and simple item can be fitted inside the car easily. For burner, you can carry propane or charcoal which are now easily available in any market.
More importantly for reuse clean it immediately after each use.
3. Skillet or Stainless Steel Pot:
It’s another important item for a campfire. This Stainless steel pot is capable to withstand any temperature. Fry any meat or fish or vegetable easily within a short time.
Compared to cast iron, SS skillet is much lighter. So without driving, you can carry it easily in your backpack. Once the pan is heated, it can hold the heat and distribute perfectly even for longer time. If you put it over direct heat it can heat up much faster.
I prefer long handle as it protects me from the flame of fire. You also can hang it on the tripod easily. It’ll let you taste nutritious food on open fire camp.
A pro tip to clean the pot is to heat it up for few minutes. Once it’s heated up, pour some vinegar or washing detergents and put it on the fire for few minutes. Take away the pot and clean it with a paper towel.
4. Heat Resistant Gloves
You have touched something very hot and searing pain started. You must be familiar with this excruciating pain. In such situation, you want to flick the pain immediately. You are ready to do whatever it takes to release the pain. Touching a hot iron or steel is really a suicide.
In campfire, flames or sudden spark is your biggest enemy. No one really wants to suspend the trip and return home with burned skin. You have to deal with fire, hot metal, heat frequently in camping. So you have to wear heat resistant gloves.
This additional protection will uplift your cooking experience. Make sure you have bellow features
• Outer materials should be heat resistance
• Fabric should not melt in any condition
• The fabric should be thick enough to reduce the heat transfer rate
• Easily removable- it’s needed in case you are exposed to extreme heat
I prefer to carry gloves; mostly colorful. Color cherishes my mind and contrast help me to find the gloves quickly.
5. Backpacking stoves:
In a hunting or hiking camp journey, don’t pack foods and tent only. You need some fire source also. From making coffee to preparing your dinner, you need a portable stove, especially if you are going in winter trip.
Definitely, before starting a day out in the wild, you need a warm meal. Let’s be realistic. You have passed a tough cold night under the snow-covered mountain. Now who might wants to start gathering firing materials just after leaving their tent or 2 person hammock? Rather you’ll search for a quick solution which might help you to chill.
In this situation a hassle-free portable stove is just like a magic torch.
But many campers believe, since nature can deliver plenty of fire sources (like leaves or woods), they don’t need extra luggage.
The reality is tougher than what you think. Damp materials and extremely humid weather will not make it easy for you to start a fire.
Usually, you can cook 10 to 20 times with it. Take a spare container, if you stay some extra days.
A good campfire cooking experience can bring smile to your face at the end. Unless you have the essential cooking materials, trip days may turn into nightmare. Decide your meal and plan to carry right utensils.
At last, gather information about campsite as much as possible and filter your preferences. Depending on the facilities and cooking plan, decide what to include and what to left home. Make the right choice and have unlimited fun.