Camp cooking can present a number of difficult challenges, but if a camper knows how to make a campfire tripod for cooking the chore can be simplified significantly. In most instances a campfire tripod for cooking can be fashioned in a matter of minutes right at the camping location, and a single tripod once made can be used for the entire camping trip. To make a wooden campfire tripod for cooking enables a cook to be in better control of the time and temperature at which food cooks over an open flame, and in most cases results in better tasting food with less chance of accidents due to burning. In addition to this, a wooden campfire tripod for cooking helps to keep food warm at an elevated height when it is done cooking, while another dish can be cooked in a frying pan on the flame below.
The easiest way to make a wooden campfire tripod for cooking is to make certain that you have a sharp pocket knife, and then locate three sticks about 4 feet long that are made of hardwood and are reasonably straight. To make the tripod for cooking, take your knife and remove as much of the wood bark as is possible and can be accomplished safely. When this has been completed soak the wooden sticks in water for an hour or two to prevent any scorching or burning that may occur when your tripod is assembled and placed near the campfire flame. The best way to soak the sticks is to tie them together and place them into a lake or stream in the same fashion one would use a fish stringer. If this is not possible, wrap them in rags and wet them thoroughly for 4 to 6 hours before use.
The next step to make a wooden campfire tripod for cooking is to take your knife and sharpen one end of each stick into a point. Following this, take two of the sticks and push the pointed end into the ground and about 4 inches down from the top cross the top of the sticks in the form of an X. Bond the two sticks together at the top using wire, rope, a shoelace or whatever you have that will work. In the v-shaped groove that has been formed by the first two sticks at the top, take the third stick and rest it in the groove and then tie it to the other two sticks making sure that all three are symmetrical and sturdy.
Now that the wooden campfire tripod for cooking has been completed the last step is to attach a strong rope, cord or wire from which a cooking pot can be hung. This is best done by connecting a rope to the pot handle and wrapping the other end around the top of the tripod several times at the desired height above the cooking flame.