How to Make a Campfire Tripod

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How to Make a Campfire Tripod
Learn how to make a simple, sturdy campfire tripod. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A campfire tripod is useful, not for capturing photos of wildlife or serene sunsets, but for hanging a pot over a piping fire. A camping tripod is a simple tool that's easy to construct, easy to set up and easy to use. A tripod will help you cook everything from beans to soup and won't take up a lot of space in your car or truck as you're driving to your campsite. A camping tripod even makes a convenient addition to a summer evening cookout in your backyard over a fire pit.

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Things you need

  • 3, 4 1/2-foot sections of 1/2-inch diameter conduit aluminium pipe
  • 3 eye bolts
  • 2 s-hooks
  • 4 feet of chain link
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Cook pot

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  1. 1

    Open one of the eye bolts with a pair of pliers so that the end of the curved piece is about one-half inch away from the straight stem.

  2. 2

    Slide the other two eye bolts onto the opened eye bolt. Slip the leftmost link in the chain link onto the open eye bolt. Close the eye bolt with a hammer so that there is no opening between the stem and the rounded piece.

  3. 3

    Slide each eye bolt into one end of the three sections of conduit aluminium pipe. Stand up the pipes in the shape of a tepee. Allow the chain to hang down freely in the middle of the pipes.

  4. 4

    Attach an shook to the top of the chain, about four links down from the apex of the conduit pipes. Use a pair of pliers to shut the shook tight, so that it is secured to the chain link.

  5. 5

    Set a large cook pot on the ground with the handle extended upward. Locate the spot on the chain link where it intersects with the apex of the handle. Cut the chain at this spot with a pair of wire cutters.

  6. 6

    Insert a second shook into the chain link at this spot and fasten the end down tight with a pair of pliers so that the shook is securely attached to the chain link.

  7. 7

    Attach a cook pot, coffee pot or other cookware to the bottom shook. Adjust the position of the cook pot by doubling over chain link at the top of the tripod onto the top shook until you reach the desired distance between the bottom of the pot and the ground.

  8. 8

    Remove the pot from the bottom shook and fold up the tripod for easy storage and transport until you are ready to use it.

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