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Campfire Cooking Equipment

With the right campfire cooking equipment, cooking over a fire can be safe, easy and enjoyable.

You don't need a lot of gear. Here are the campfire cooking tools that we use.

A Dutch oven

A Dutch oven is a wonderful tool for cooking camping meals!

Dutch oven in campfire

You can cook stews, casseroles, soups, desserts and more in a Dutch oven. You can even bake cakes and bread! Click here to learn about Dutch oven cooking.

A long-handled spade

We discovered the beauty of a long handled spade by accident one summer.

My sons had brought along all of the family shovels on a camping trip, hoping to build massive sand sculptures on the beach. (As it turned out, there was no beach!)

My husband had the brilliant idea to use the longest spade as a fireplace tool.

It was perfect!  We've included it on our camping list ever since. 

A long handled spade allows you to arrange the coals without getting too close to the flames.

rearranging coals with spade

It's also handy for removing campfire potatoes from the fire,

removing foil-wrapped potato from campfire with spade

and for taking tin foil dinners out of the coals.

foil dinner on spade

A spade with a shorter handle would work too, but you'd have to get closer to the flames.

Look for a steel, long handled spade like one of these.

If you don't have a spade, use a set of tongs.

Be careful, though - the fire is hot!

Oven mitts

A pair of oven mitts is essential for handling the foil-wrapped food once you've gotten it out of the flames -

holding foil dinner with oven mitt

or for gripping your tongs if you didn't bring a spade.

Or how about a campfire glove?

This handy item can withstand heat up to 480 F, and has silicone grips on the palm to make it easier to grab items. It's washable, too!

Marshmallow roasting sticks

These are essential for making the classic campfire snack: roasted marshmallows.

roasted marshmallow on stick

You can purchase marshmallow roasting sticks, or make your own.

Click here to learn about the different marshmallow roasting stick options.

A campfire popcorn popper

Popcorn is an inexpensive and healthy snack. It's also delicious - and making it over a campfire is fun!

The bottom line

Having the right tools makes it easy to cook over a campfire!

Once you have the campfire cooking equipment you need, you're ready to start cooking over the campfire! Here's what you need to know about campfire cooking.

All the information for a successful camping trip can be accessed from the The Camping Family Home Page.

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