DIY Campfire Cooking Station

Contributor post by Emily + Erick of Hello Home Shoppe

As summer winds down and our thoughts turn to fall, we can't seem to let go of the idea of cooking over an open flame. Even when our grille is safely packed away in the coming months, we'll still trudge outside with a thermos full of hot coffee and settle in for a night of fireside cooking. The only problem is that without a proper campfire cooking set up, you're pretty limited in your culinary options beyond marshmallows and hotdogs on sticks. Lately, we've been dreaming of cooking cowboy style: baking bread in a Dutch oven or simmering a pot of hearty stew over an open flame. Cue this DIY Campfire Cooking Station. We love this DIY because it's totally customizable for whatever you're cooking--as long as it has handles, you can hang it from the s-hooks. Dinner just got more fun!

Things You'll Need
-Three Pieces of 4' Rebar 
-11' of Thin Chain
-Small U-Bolt Clamp
-Two S-Hooks
-Pot w/Two Side Handles


1.) Position the tops of the poles so that they are splayed out with the tops touching as if forming a tripod. Position over an unlit fire. 
2.) Unscrew the u-bar clamp and place the clamp over the top of the three pieces of rebar. Secure them in place by tightening the screw.
3.) Take one end of the chain and loop the first link with the s-hook.
4.) Loop the other end of the s-hook through the handle of the pot so that the s-hook is linking the chain and the pot. To do this, chain must be held very taught. 
5.) Repeat on the other side so that both handles of the pot are connected to an s-hook.Gather up the slack in the middle and position the pot in the middle of the poles
6.) Wrap the excess chain around the top of the pole "tripod."
7.) Light fire and enjoy!

Meet the Contributors
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are blogging duo behind Hello Home Shoppe, a lifestyle blog with a focus on DIY projects, recipes, and travel. When they're not blogging or working as 2/4 of the creative agency Jolly Bureau, they moonlight as locally sourced sandwich vendors in Philadelphia, PA.

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she. said...

this is the terrific .

heathashli said...

I did something similar ... I wanted a hanging grill rack for a tripod my husband forged, but was unable to find any. So I made one out of 255 lb. chain, 3 chain quick links, 1 carabiner & a round grill rack, all heavy-duty.

flonlis said...

I HIGHLY recommend ANYBODY buy this book by German author Susanne Fischer "Cook Wild". Her book just got translated in 2012 to english. You have no idea how GORGEOUS and enriching cooking outdoors can be! With your kids, solo, or with groups. Fall in love with nature and celebrate its fruits!