Re: Fire building
Larry Rinaldo (lrinaldo@R02DG05.R02.EPA.GOV)
Thu, 15 Sep 1994 15:35:00 -0400
On Thu, 15 Sep 1994, From: "Michael C. Horowitz" <mhorowit@CAP.GWU.EDU>
wrote the following:
=> Richard - I've seen folks keep the fire off the ground by using the
=> steel wheel that car tires are mounted on. use a piece of steel to
=> cover the hole in the middle - Mike
Another method that I have used, involves a pioneering project.
First, construct a table, about waist high, using materials you have available
with lashings. The table can be as large or small as you like, but keep in
mind it will accomodate a cooking fire, and pots. When the legs are
constructed, cover it with cross pieces (similar to a footbridge).
Once the wooden structure is fully lashed together, then with a shovel
CAREFULLY strip about 3 to 4 inches of sod. Place the sod, grass side down,
on the top of the tasble dirt-side facing up. Cover the entire table.
After that is complete, use small rocks, build a cooking fire (just what is
needed for cooking) and then start cooking. When your finished cooking for
the weekend or meal, which ever, place the coals in the area stripped of sod.
Return the sod, to its original location, and you may have achieved something
akin to low impact cooking.
I demonstrated this to a group of Scoutmasters in a SM Fundamentals course
and during the building of it got a variety of snickers. UNTIL, I cooked
a sample meal for them. Several jaws dropped and commented "...neat, I
have to try that..." So give it a try and let me know what you think of it.
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