questionswhat are some fun things to do/cook with a fireā€¦


Obviously hot dogs are a good idea but you can go a big step further and wrap those hot dogs in bacon before cooking them over the open fire. Jiffy Pop with a handle extension is good too (still impressive after all these years!).

But yeah, we end up mostly doing S'mores.


Put a whole bunch or aerosol cans in the bottom, top with firewood, light, and enjoy!*

*seriously, don't actually do this :)


Recently cooked slices of ham in a fire. It was pretty awesome.

I'm told using a hunk of fresh bread to sop up the drippings from this procedure, then making a ham sandwich-like construction, is also rewarding.

Dutch oven bread and other baking is also really cool.


My family uses these to make pizza when we camp. They also make a good toasted ham and cheese on rye. I might have to get one of these before the next time I go camping.


Slap any kind of large metal grate across the top and you can do almost anything. Either cook directly on it (Assuming it's clean) or put any type of pot or pan on it and cook anything.
Here's an example of what I mean:
36" metal grate


Or for an even cooler look, find a place around you that does metal work. Get them to make you a simple piece of metal, say 36 inches long by maybe 6-8 inches wide and 1/4 thick. Cut a small-ish hole in the very middle about 4-5 inches in diameter. Won't be very expensive.
Then you can drop a wok right into the middle of it and blow everyone's minds with what you can do.
We had something like that that we frequently used when camping and the results were fantastic. You can fry, cook, warm, whatever you want it.


A couple things that my family likes to cook in our fire pit:

- Cut a lengthwise slit in an unpeeled banana, stuff butter and brown sugar in the slit, close and put right in the coals. Let it cook until the butter/sugar is hot and bubbly.

- Put a raw egg (in the shell) in a paper cup, fill with water and put it in the coals. The cup will burn down to the water level and the water will boil. Boil the egg to the desired done-ness (~3-4 min for softboiled, ~10-12 min for hardboiled).

- Brush whole unpeeled potatoes with vegetable oil, wrap in foil, put foil packets on the coals. Bake for ~30-40 minutes, turning a couple times with tongs, until done. Sometimes I make slices into the potato and smear on some butter, salt and garlic or other seasonings before wrapping with foil.


I just finished building my 6x6 firepit, now I have to get someone to make a custom grate for it, preferably cast iron or stainless steel.

I had this thing they called corn on the bone in west virginia. They basically had corn on the cob, but left the skin on the corn. They then cooked it on a grate over a firepit, covering the corn with a burlap bag and water the bag down periodically. The skin got a little black, but once peeled, the corn wasn't scorched. They had a tub with salt and butter melted on top of the firepit, you peeled the skin on the corn, dipped it in the butter and salt mixture then went on your way.

I don't know why they called it corn on the bone, and I didn't want to insult the host by asking what kind of country term that was.

I can tell you I have had many varities of corn, but that corn for some reason tasted the best of all the corn on the cob that I have ever eaten.



Pizza. Seriously:

I like to use my cedar grilling planks from a BOC for salmon.

I also like to wrap salmon and veggies up in aluminum foil, drizzled with olive oil and/or whatever spices I have a hankering for, and steam the pouch. (They now even sell Reynold's Wrap-brand pouches just for that.)

Favorite? Grilled Salmon or T-bone and ASPARAGUS. Yummmmmmmm......


@ecriscit: My firepit isn't nearly that large, but until I could get a grate for it, I used this: It's pretty small (made to just put over a campfire on the ground) but did the job for what I needed at the time. The pic isn't showing up at that link for me, but this is sorta what it looks like (at a higher price here, though):


I'm not as adventurous as some of you folks. I like smores.


@hossdawg97: It's all fun and games until someone loses a weiner. <----from a t-shirt


Put a canned peach half on a sheet of foil, stick a marshmallow in the center, sprinkle it with cinnamon, and wrap it up tight. Throw it in the coals for a few minutes and you have a tasty dessert.


similar to @turbinator42, I like to slice open a banana lengthwise, cut a notch out, fill with peanut butter, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. then, replace the wedge, wrap back in the peel and then wrap in aluminum foil and throw in the fire for a few minutes.


And nobody points out - wrap potatoes in foil, throw them into the coals.
Put unshucked corn cobs directly on the coals, when the shuck (and mostly the silk) burns off, corn's done !
For something different but very tasty, pineapple kabobs...


Our favorite has to sailor s'mores - Saltine crackers with peanut butter for each side, a chocolate square (Giradelli's filled are awesome), and the required roasted marshmallow. Phenomenal. But we cook any thing over the campfire - from Pizza (alfredo, chicken, brocolli) to pork loin to salmon. The first night meal is always frozen meatballs on a skewer with choice of veggie chunks - Kabobs.