Camp Cooking Methods

Camp cooking can be experienced in many different ways. You can make it quick and simple or you can plan it as one of your activities for the day. Many enjoy the process of camp meal preparation and experiment with various methods. But the one thing everyone agrees with, is that food cooked at camp always taste good. Below is an outline of some of the various cooking methods used in the outdoors. Pick one or more methods for your next camping trip and make sure to pack the proper camping equipment like camping grills and stoves, camp fire rings and

Make sure you pack the proper Camping Equipment, Camping Cookware, Camping Grills and Stoves, Camp Fire Rings etc.

Make sure you pack the proper Camping Equipment, Camping Cookware, Camping Grills and Stoves, Camp Fire Rings etc.

camping cookware.

Camp Stoves

  • Propane or white gas (2) burner stoves – most commonly used
  • Butane (1) burner backpack stoves – very lightweight
  • Kerosene stoves – efficient and inexpensive fuel

CAUTION: Do not operate camping grills or camp stoves or store fuel containers around another heat source such as a campfire. Only operate the camping grills or camp stoves in open, well ventilated areas. Never use the stove in a tent or a confined area.


  • Used in BBQ grill or fire ring
  • Provides consistent heat distribution
  • Use a fire starter to start charcoal or to reduce heating time use a charcoal tower or large can with both ends removed and holes punched around the bottom. Crumble paper in bottom and place charcoal on top. Tilt can slightly and light paper with a match. Using pot holders, remove can when coals are ready and spread out for larger cooking surface.
  • One piece of charcoal equals 40 degrees of temperature
  • Charcoal will be gray-white in daylight and red at night when ready for use

Wood Fires

  • Reflects true camp atmosphere – warmth, romance, simplicity, gathering place
  • Provides practical & versatile cooking opportunities
  • For successful cooking, have the right kind of fire for the type of cooking you plan on doing. Example – for boiling use a quick flame, for stewing use a low flame, for frying or broiling use a bed of glowing coals.
  • Make sure you use Camp Fire Rings for Wood Fires so you contain the fire and prevent it from spreading

How to build a campfire Vagabond Stove

  • Made from a gallon (#10) can
  • Use with a Buddy Burner or a small wood fire

How to make a Vagabond Stove Buddy Burner

  • Emergency fuel
  • Use with a Vagabond Stove
  • Made with a tuna can, corrugated cardboard and paraffin wax

How to make a Buddy Burner Dutch Oven

  • Use with charcoal
  • Place three times as many charcoal pieces on the lid as under the oven
  • Always cook with lid on
  • Must be seasoned with oil before use
  • Cover outside of oven with foil for easy clean-up Foil Cooking
  • Cook on bed a glowing coals
  • Use heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Foil should be large enough to wrap around food and fold all edges securely for a tight seal. Leave some space for expansion when you wrap your raw foods. You must keep steam and juices inside package.
  • On heavy duty foil, place meat, potatoes, vegetables, seasoning etc, add a cream soup on top, fold up foil and secure ends, place over coals, turn and rotate often until fully cooked.
  • Use your cooking creativity – try various seasoning (garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, BBQ sauce, Worchester sauce, Italian dressing, Heinz 57 sauce, bouillon granules, Teriyaki sauce etc), try meat variations (hamburger, pork, chicken, turkey, stew meat, cubed steak, ham, fish, hotdogs seafood etc), try various vegetables, try small dough balls of biscuit mix for dumplings, try breakfast foods, try desserts

Box Oven

  • Works just like a regular oven
  • Made from a cardboard box

How to make a box oven Tin Can Cooking

  • Use large tin can
  • Layer your meal – meat on bottom, vegetables, seasonings etc.
  • Cover with foil Cook over fire
  • Remove can with pot holders and serve Cooking with Pie Irons
  • Long-handled double sided cast iron cookers

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