Scout-made camp cooking gadget offers a better way to boil water

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one.

That’s the case when it comes to suspending a pot over a campfire to boil water or cook food. A simple camp cooking gadget using forked sticks and a crossbar takes minutes to build and lets Scouts prepare dinner in style.

Larry Green, the Scout volunteer whose ingenious dishwashing rack made from hiking poles delighted Scouters and Scouts, is at it again.

He tells how to make the Forked Sticks and Crossbar camp cooking gadget at his website.

The design is simple. Two vertical forked sticks are either hammered directly into the ground or lashed onto thicker sticks that are hammered in (as pictured above).

Then you suspend a crossbar from those forked sticks. Your cooking pot hangs from that crossbar, using a metal or handmade hook to suspend it over the fire.

Voila! You’ve built your camp cooking gadget, and now you’re cooking with gas a Scout-made campfire.

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