Re: Campfire Lays
Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Wed, 28 Feb 1996 21:52:44 -0500
Jim Deroba write:
"Any other interesting fire lays out there? With descriptions please!"
My favorite is the Dakota Fireplace (Dakota Hole). You dig a hole 6-8"
in diameter and 12-14" deep. Right next to it you dig another one, maybe
a little narrower but just as deep. There should be 6-8" of solid
ground between them. With a small trowel or knife, you dig a 3-4"
tunnel between the two holes at their bottoms. Build a small fire in
the larger hole and regulate the heat of the fire by controlling the air
flow by sliding a plate or cover of any type over the smaller hole. A
simple grating or a couple of large metal tent stakes can be used to
hold a pot. Small pieces of wood can be dropped in vertically to produce
a fast, intense blast of heat. Of course, you must take and replace sod.
This fireplace is graphically shown in the 1967 BSA Fieldbook (I have a
1973 printing) on page 121. It states that it "is used only in mineral
soil and mainly on the prairies of the midwest where high winds make
surface fires dangerous and impractical."
Bob Myers, SM, Troop 575, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City