Fire safety was probably close to the next major invention for mankind. Even to this day, no one really wants to walk through fire, so a stone circle or hole for a fire pit was created to contain the fire. Stone circles kept children out of the flames. Later, building a stone floor to place the fire on to create a hearth, made a safer upgrade for the fireplace. The draw back was the stones were cold. They did not keep the warmth and release it back into the room through the night.
We are more familiar with the image of the potbellied stove or the cook stove and we think that is all it was, a stove. IT was a fireplace. It was the new, improved fire.
IT's improvement over the basic Franklin stove is the ability to vent to smoke from the fire up and out of the home. This invention, as much as the basic control over fire, has improved the life of mankind by taking smoke out of the lungs and out of the home. Cigarettes are not the only source of secondhand smoke.
Most of us have the rudimentary parts of Franklin's grand design. Ever wonder what that flange on the side of the charcoal grill was for? It's Franklin's air baffle!
So, fire is hot. And having fire is good, but improving on fire for safety and use of less fuel for the same job is better. Should cooking over an open fire become necessary, Add ingenuity to the chore for safety, quality and security.
Plan your meals. Cook red meat over flames as you turn the spit, simmer stews and coffee over coals when the flames die down. Hang meat over the coals when food is done to dry leftovers for the future.
|You don't need fancy pots and pans, you can cook on a rock! Fish is great tasting when grilled on an oak or cedar plank. So, you can cook on a stick! |
To make the heat of the cook fire work for you through the night, build the fire between fire bricks. Dig a hole, place the hot brick in it. Build a platform of branches over it. Cover the platform with brush and have a warm night's sleep. Ever want a hot bath on the trail? Fill pot with water, add hot rocks or fire bricks with tongs or long sticks to convey the hot stones. Careful your pot does not boil over or steam your skin! You also want to be careful not to steam up the inside of the tent! Water will cool and drip.