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jakeway



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PostPosted: Tuesday 2-3-2015 11:26 am    Post subject: Need advice on Tripod Reply with quote

Hello friends.

I think I want a tripod for campfire cooking, but I've never used one. I'd be using it for either a 10" or 12" DO. Maybe a coffee pot, too.

What size should I get? I've seen them anywhere from 40" to 61" tall. (I'm 6' if that makes any difference.)

Is there any source you'd particularly recommend? I wouldn't mind paying a bit more for a neat hand-made Twisted-iron style, but I don't want to spend too much.


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DG TX



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PostPosted: Tuesday 2-3-2015 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check Lodge out and help support a grand old Tennessee foundry Thumbs Up
I would go with the 60".
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jakeway



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PostPosted: Tuesday 2-3-2015 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DG TX wrote:
Check Lodge out and help support a grand old Tennessee foundry Thumbs Up
I would go with the 60".


You know, I've driven by the sign for the Lodge factory outlet store hundreds of times and never stopped in. Now I guess I have an excuse to! :Smile 1:
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PostPosted: Tuesday 2-3-2015 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go with a 60-inch minimum. That height has served me well at 6'2". Look at this blacksmith on Facebook:

David O'Steen Artist Blacksmith
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Yesteryear Forge



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PostPosted: Monday 10-12-2015 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never understood the need for a tall tripod
I'm 6 foot 6
The fire is on the ground and the pot is close to the fire.
It seems to me that a shorter tripod is much more stable than a tall one.
I have to stoop down to tend the fire and stir the pot no matter how tall my tripod is
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PostPosted: Monday 10-12-2015 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesteryear Forge wrote:
Never understood the need for a tall tripod
I'm 6 foot 6
The fire is on the ground and the pot is close to the fire.
It seems to me that a shorter tripod is much more stable than a tall one.
I have to stoop down to tend the fire and stir the pot no matter how tall my tripod is


The point of the taller tripod is the legs can be farther apart at the ground, or at least on a steeper angle, so you can access the pot and lid easier.

Or, if you have a fire ring with a raised level, the taller tripod will allow you to have the legs on the solid Earth and the pot at a higher level.



The only time I wished my tripod were shorter is when I use it as a horizontal holder. The ground is too hard to push the 60" tripod legs down to a reasonable height. I'm thinking of getting another set at 45".
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PostPosted: Monday 10-12-2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cook outdoors on a campfire about 4 days in a week ( weather permitting )
Above 33 degrees and below 85 degrees.
Not always on a tripod but quite often .
But then again I don't use any kind of device as posted.
I try to keep it as simple as possible and research only authentic ways of cooking ( before any such modern methods / requirements were implemented.
To me shorter just makes more sense all around, but Everyone has their own preferences.
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PostPosted: Monday 10-12-2015 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the instructions for my tripod/bipod setup.

Tripod instructions by Steven Karoly, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Monday 10-12-2015 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesteryear Forge wrote:

...I try to keep it as simple as possible and research only authentic ways of cooking...


I like that idea. Although it's been many years since I did the black powder mountain man stuff, I'd prefer things to be period-authentic, just in case I ever get back int that stuff.
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PostPosted: Saturday 11-28-2015 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a tripod often, both at home in the back yard, and when camping. Legs on mine are 45 inches.
Works well to support a pot of chili or a Dutch Oven.
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