Cooking over a campfire represents its own set of challenges. Unlike a stove-top, campfires produce uneven heat, with flames and coals generating very different intensities. However, cooking over a fire can be a fun experience for those willing to be patient. A number of tools have been made to help ease the difficulties traditionally associated with cooking over a fire.
One of the most useful and versatile cooking devices for campfires is the camping tripod. Three legs joined at one end allow for a set up on which many devices can be hung. Typical cooking tripods come with a chain to allow users to hang a cooking grate or cauldron.
Cast Iron Pie Cooker
Cast iron is a useful for material for cooking over a fire, since it is both incredibly durable and spreads heat evenly. While many people are familiar with using skewers for campfire cooking, a more useful device is a cast iron cooker, which has an enclosed space for cooking. The device allows users to enclose dough and fillings, clamp it together and cook a small pie inside. However, cast iron pie cookers are also useful for cooking sandwiches, warming bread, even making waffles.
A camp grill is a grated surface that allows users to suspend meat or other grill materials over a camp fire. Many grills include an adjustable surface that allows aspiring fire-chefs to adapt their food to the varying flame heights.
A useful tool to have while campfire cooking is a good pair of gloves. Often cooking over a fire requires quick action when flames flare or die down. It is a process in constant need of adjustment. Having gloves that can stand up to the task will allow you to stay flexible and avoid burns.
Few utensils are more versatile than a spatula. Useful on a cooking grill or a skillet, a spatula can even be used to stir in a pinch. Many spatulas designed for camping will have a serrated edge, allowing for its use as a knife to cut up sausages or other foods.
Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.