Campfire Cooking Equipment: Complete Explanation & Recommendation For Beginners

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Campfire Cooking Equipment: Complete Explanation & Recommendation For Beginners

The type of camping equipment you require depends on the type of cooking you're doing. If you're just "camping" at your cabin and driving there, you can bring any kind of equipment, from grilling tools to fancy campfire cooking equipment. If you're serious about camping and want to do it "man versus wilderness," you have fewer options.

Below I will be discussing some of the campfire cooking equipment that you might find helpful. This includes both types of equipment that can be used to cook on a campfire and items that you can use alone.

Some Pieces of Campfire Cooking Equipment You Should Consider

  • Campfire Tripod or Spit: The campfire tripod (right) or spit above are great ways to cook over a fire pit or campfire. You can hang all kinds of campfire cooking gear over this classic example. Pots can be hung with loop handles to make soups and stews. Kettles can be hung to roast whole chicken or lamb on strings. A grill grate can also be hung to grill almost anything. Tripods are lightweight and compact and can be easily folded up and carried around.
  • Campfire Rotisserie: This portable rotisserie allows you to roast large cuts of meat, such as whole poultry, lamb legs, and beef roasts. A campfire rotisserie is a great way to roast large cuts of meat (whole poultry, leg of lamb, beef roasts, etc.) over an open fire. This one, which is sold by SpitJack, folds into a large bag that you can carry around on your back. The motor is powered by a battery so that you don't need to manually turn the meat.
  • Cast Iron, Long-Handled Skillets, and Roasters: There is a wide variety of pots and pans suitable for cooking over a campfire. Look for skillets with long handles so you can easily hold them over the fire. This will ensure that your food doesn't get burned. Cast iron pots, dutch cookers, and other such items are excellent because they can withstand high heat and efficiently distribute heat. Cast iron pots with feet or loop handles can be used to suspend from a tripod above the fire, or placed directly on top of hot embers. Cast iron can be heavy so it is difficult to transport long distances. Even though they will last you twice as long, pots and pans made of lighter metal may be better.
  • Long-Handled Skewers: Skewer cooking can be as simple as campfire cooking. Simply light a fire and place some food on the skewer. Then, hold the skewer over the fire. Telescoping skewer forks can be folded up to a compact size so you can take them with you. This makes it ideal for smaller cuts of meat such as hot dogs, sausages, and small game birds.
  • Portable Grills and Burners: There is a variety of portable barbecues that can be taken with you on camping trips. There are many options. You can choose from smaller gas or charcoal grills that can be carried in your car or portable burners that fold up or are small enough to take with you. You can choose from both gas and charcoal grills. However, the fuel (charcoal, or propane) will need to be brought along. You can also purchase small, portable propane tanks.

Where We Can Buy Campfire Cooking Equipment

You can find many simpler camping cooking tools, such as utensils and small butane or propane torch or grills at almost any camp supply shop like Adventure 16. Portable grills are also available at some barbecue and grill shops. There are many online shops that sell more specific equipment. Lodge offers a wide range of cast iron cookware and other utensils, including dutch ovens with legs or hanging handles. These are great for cooking on an open fire pit. Cast iron equipment can be heavy, so it is not practical to transport the equipment long distances.

SpitJack also sells a variety of tools, including spits and rotisseries, firepit rings, grills and fire pit rings, and other items. You can also find skillets, roasters, and the portable rotisserie shown above. Rupp Metalworks is a great choice for a larger fire pit barbecue or custom jobs.


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Sara Ryan By, Sara Ryan
Sara Ryan is a freelance writer and avid diver. She first discovered her love for diving while on vacation in the Caribbean and has been hooked ever since. Sara loves exploring new dive sites and observing the fascinating creatures that live beneath the waves. As a native of Colorado, Sara enjoys spending her free time hiking and camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She also enjoys writing about her adventures in diving and wildlife conservation.
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