Cooking over the fire with Charcoal or Wood

Discussion in 'Healthy Outdoor Cooking' started by brianbigdogsmith, Dec 14, 2013.

DO YOU COOK OVER THE CAMPFIRE WITH CHARCOAL OR WOOD

  1. WOOD

    33 vote(s)
    56.9%
  2. CAHRCOAL

    6 vote(s)
    10.3%
  3. DO NOT COOK OVER THE CAMP FIRE

    5 vote(s)
    8.6%
  4. NEVER TRIED IT BUT WOULD LIKE TOO

    2 vote(s)
    3.4%
  5. BOTH

    12 vote(s)
    20.7%
  1. brianbigdogsmith

    brianbigdogsmith Camp more Camp more often

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    I have been camping and cooking over the campfire all the time first is lay down wood and place hot charcoals form my tower over the logs and let set till the wood starts works great too.
     
  2. Tacoma_Jim

    Tacoma_Jim Member

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    I have cooked spaghetti next to a wood fire because my stove stopped working, heated beans or bread, but cooking low to the ground kills my back.
     
  3. Dad2futurecampers

    Dad2futurecampers New Member

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    I've been pretty bad at getting a good campfire going. I'm going to have to try your method and next time I take the family camping. [8D]
     
  4. capy235co

    capy235co Member

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    Nothing smells better than bacon cooking in a cast iron skillet over a wood coal fire......
     
  5. ghacker

    ghacker Active Member

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    Always cook with wood in a fire pit, i.e. campfire, and charcoal in a Smokey Joe BBQ. The problem using wood is heat control is difficult until you get a pile of embers going which takes some time. Over open flame makes it much more difficult although it can be done. It is better to have long lasting coals/embers for some meals that take a long time to cook.
     
  6. froggie

    froggie New Member

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    I agree!
     
  7. billangiep

    billangiep Member

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    X3, bacon & eggs with a dash of ash :)
    90% of our cooking is over the campfire...

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  8. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    We never have a campfire - haven't in more than two decades of camping. We've taken charcoal and a small grill a couple of times, but decided it is not worth the space or fuss required while we're camping. We often are out hiking most of the day, so want to eat supper soon after we return to camp, even the grill took too long to use.
     
  9. fritz_monroe

    fritz_monroe New Member

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    Most of my cooking while camping is in the dutch oven. I really don't consider that as cooking over a fire. I use charcoal and it is a closed vessel. For me, cooking over a fire involves a certain amount of ash in the food.
     
  10. hotrodcamper

    hotrodcamper Member

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    Usually cook over wood when camping. Ocassionally use a small gas or propane grill. Dependd on what I'm cooking and where I am.
     
  11. LGFurr

    LGFurr Member

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    We usually cook over wood coals or charcoal for the dutch oven. Sometimes do a skillet meal on the stove if we don't want to take the time needed for coals. I just enjoy the time cooking and poking the fire [:D]!
    Lisa
     
  12. bearman512

    bearman512 Well-Known Member

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    If you already have a campfire going then cook on it! That's what I do. [:D]
    Here in NM when you can have a campfire I will always cook over it, if not then I use my Volcano. [;)]
     
  13. Freedom72

    Freedom72 Member

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    ghacker we just bought the craycort cast iron grates for out little smokey joe grill
    What a huge difference it makes. You must check it out if u haven't seen them yet
     
  14. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I usually use an aluminum dutch oven, I also use a tripod so I can raise or lower it over the wood fire. For baking I use charcoal under and on top.
     
  15. meyerc13

    meyerc13 New Member

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    For me, it depends on the type of wood and the amount of time I have for prep/cooking/cleanup. Last weekend the wood available at the campground was mostly of the fast burning, quickly consumed variety. It didn't really leave much in the way of embers over which to cook. For occasions like that, I make sure to carry along a bag of charcoal on every weekend outing. Sometimes you luck out and there is some nice wood that will leave lots of good embers, in those cases the charcoal stays in the truck.
     

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