How to make a dutch oven tripod

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How to make a dutch oven tripod
Dutch Oven Tripod (morguefile, personal collection)

One of the best things about camping is the outdoor cooking. It brings thoughts of the Wild West and the rugged life of the pioneer days. Instead of cooking in a camper or RV, use old Dutch ovens with handles on a tripod over an open fire. The open fire lends flavour to the cooked food. The tripod can be easily put together and taken down for travel.

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Things you need

  • 3 4-foot lengths of metal fence post rebar
  • Heavy-duty metal ring
  • Heavy-duty chain with S hooks
  • Heavy-duty length of wire
  • Old Dutch ovens or new

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  1. 1

    Stand the three rods up together and place the heavy-duty ring about 2 inches down from the top of the rods. Holding the ring, start spreading the legs apart until they are wedged into the ring without moving. When this is complete, make sure the legs are wedged firmly into the ground.

    How to make a dutch oven tripod
  2. 2

    Attach one of the S hooks on the chain into the junction of the three rods so that it is hanging down in the middle of the rods with the other S hook at the end toward the ground.

    How to make a dutch oven tripod
    Chain with S hooks
  3. 3

    Attach a length of heavy-duty wire to each handle of the dutch oven. You do not need to do this if you have a dutch oven with this type of handle.

    How to make a dutch oven tripod
    Dutch oven with handle
  4. 4

    Attach the handle of the oven to the S hook on the length of chain. Start a campfire and make a complete meal in the oven. Or use more than one dutch oven for several different dishes.

    How to make a dutch oven tripod
    Dutch ovens

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful with the pots as they will be hot.

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