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Joanne
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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-20-2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Setting up a campfire for cooking Reply with quote

There are any number of ways to cook over a campfire. Camp irons have been a favorite of cowboys for hundreds of years. Although some folks have gotten pretty good at cooking directly over the flames, I prefer to cook over coals whenever possible. One way to do that is to build what is commonly known as a keyhole fire. True to its name, the keyhole fire is shaped like an old fashoned keyhole. The main fire is used to burn down coals, while the keyway is used for cooking.

I've drawn up a diagram of a keyhole campfire.


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PostPosted: Wednesday 11-21-2007 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

what a good idea for a fire ring. I too prefer coals. less likely to burn something.
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PostPosted: Wednesday 11-21-2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great diagram Joanne!! Thanks for sharing that.

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PostPosted: Wednesday 11-21-2007 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AmyH wrote:
Great diagram Joanne!! Thanks for sharing that.

Amy


Thanks! I've seen photos like it before but I drew this one up using CorelDraw. I did the main graphic on www.camp-cook.com using the same software. I'm not very artistic but it's a lot of fun to play with.

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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-27-2007 6:12 pm    Post subject: hey Reply with quote

Thumbs Up thanks for the drawing..would never of thought of it..will try it next time..
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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-27-2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like this fire ring design! We have several fire rings at the camping areas here on our property that I think I will modify like this for cooking over coals. Thanks! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-27-2007 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You and Steve just keep adding and we will keep reading and learning!

I use Corel for my business - great program.
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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-27-2007 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

depatty wrote:
I really like this fire ring design! We have several fire rings at the camping areas here on our property that I think I will modify like this for cooking over coals. Thanks! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up


I'm glad that you like this design. I'd love to take credit for thinking it up, but alas I'm only passing along a good idea. That said, it is perfect for campfire cooking. A nice warm fire on one side and a cooking area on the other.

I wish I lived on property large enough to have more than one cooking ring. City life limits one's options.

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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-27-2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You and Steve just keep adding and we will keep reading and learning!

I use Corel for my business - great program.


So, does this mean you are going to be the supplier of official Camp Cook shirt, hats, aprons, and coffee mugs when I open the online store? Thumbs Up

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PostPosted: Tuesday 11-27-2007 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joanne wrote:


I wish I lived on property large enough to have more than one cooking ring. City life limits one's options.

Joanne


And the country life seems to take up all of my time. Or at time it seems like it. But I'll still take the country over the city any day .

Got an Airsoft event here this weekend that there will be camping and eating at. Gonna try to change one of the fire rings tomorrow if I can get time so I can use it for the dutch ovens to feed the weekend make believe warriors after their games. Trying to find out how many I will be cooking for. I'm gonna be putting both dutch ovens to good use getting them fed however many end up eating. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: Wednesday 11-28-2007 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The advantage of living 5 miles out on one acre is it is close to town but out where you can burn or set up things without the city saying NO! LOL

Be more then happy to help when you are ready for the goodies. I provide two fishing forums and many gathering T's for both. Thanks!!!
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PostPosted: Sunday 6-29-2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have a key to fit my lock????






Spicy Onion Rings....


Some red meat...



Apple cobbler, dutch over style.....


Let's Eat...
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PostPosted: Sunday 6-29-2008 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard of a "keyhole" fireplace setup, but I'm willin' to learn Razz

Has ANYONE EVER HEARD ANYTHING I'VE EVER POSTED...just curious Shy Smile

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PostPosted: Sunday 6-29-2008 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm curious as to what the fuel was that was being used in that fire....none of it seemed to be over "thumb-sized" in cross-section. Desert wood of some kind, I would suspect. I don't live there, but I am curious as to how long that sized wood lasts in a baking situation?

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PostPosted: Sunday 6-29-2008 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wolfy wrote:

Has ANYONE EVER HEARD ANYTHING I'VE EVER POSTED...just curious Shy Smile

Start tossin' the stones....I'm softsoapin' my catchers mitt Flirting



I have wolfy just need some more time to get this photo shrunk.

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