Stan Hodge (STANH@MAIL.TDOC.TEXAS.GOV)
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 11:53:40 -0600
I think my scouts would agree with outdoor writer Patrick McManus that
there are only two types of campfires. One is the fabled "bed of coals."
The other is the "blazing inferno" -- which, since they rarely have the
patience for the former, is the normal cooking fire.
So it was with a great deal of awe and appreciation that I read Buck
Tilton's article on Campfire-cooking basics in Family Camping magazine.
He illustrates and describes the advantages of not only two fires (as my
scouts believe) but eleven different cooking fires. It would be great to get
permission to copy the article with the illustrations for preservation in one
of our scout archives. Then maybe we could take advantage of some of
these dutch oven recipies being passed -- most of which are very
difficult to prepare over the raging inferno.
For the record the eleven fires listed are:
Dingle Crane, or Stick Fire
Flat Rock Fire
Altar, or Raised-Platform, Fire
Omaha, or Dakota, Fire
And not a blazing inferno among them. Amazing!
(There are also some interesting articles on wildlife and respecting the
dangers they are to campers (re: bear discussion).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City