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Old 09-12-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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Does Anyone Cook On Something Like This?

One of our favorite local CG's has a firepit at each site that resembles the picture below. The only difference is that our firepits look to be buried in the ground so that the holes you see on the firepit below are actually an inch or two above ground level. That makes our firepit about half as high as this one.





Just curious if anyone cooks on something like this. I would NEVER cook directly on the supplied grate because it's full of rust. If so, what do you cook and how?
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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I've seen one of these online where it has loops on the sides where you can thread the poles of a spit...

For cooking on a grate, we have one of those tripod things that you put over the pit and hang the grate from the middle on a chain. When the grate isn't on it, it doubles as a hanger for our propane lantern. Which I don't think we've used really since our tenting days, come to think of it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've cooked on a lot of those. I just cover the grate with a sheet of heavy-duty Reynolds Wrap (aluminum foil). I make the sheet long enough so I can wrap it around the ends of the grate to hold it in place. To drain any excess grease, I poke some holes in it with a fork. However, many times these fire rings aren't very level and the grease drains all by itself.
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
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We cook on the fire ring all the time. I just give it a quick wipe and throw the meat on. I'm camping after all, I figure the heat should kill most creepy crawly's. Only live once. Lol
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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I just give it a quick wipe and throw the meat on. I'm camping after all, I figure the heat should kill most creepy crawly's. Only live once. Lol
Let the heat sear the grill for a while. Sickest I ever got was from cooking on a dirty grill like this before burning it off.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:12 PM   #6
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Yes of course I meant heat it up real good before cooking absolutely.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #7
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We've found that if you have a grill brush for your weber or BBQ, just give the grate a good scrubbing. Most of the rust is just surface stuff and it comes right off, leaving a very clean grill. Then heat it up as others have said. Although the photo of the grate you've pictured doesn't appear to be adjustable, most I've seen allow the user to raise or lower the grate with respect to the fire, so you can adjust your temperature. We've made some great dinners this way. Good luck!
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:17 PM   #8
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Yes I cook on them all the time. Steak, chicken, with potatoes wrapped in foil in the coals. Heat should kill just about anything that would be on the grill.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:05 AM   #9
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Our grandkids love to cook on these grates, we just cover them with foil. Most famous dish to date, a pine cone covered in a light mud sauce, presented by our 8 year old granddaughter. She is quite the chef............happy camping!
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:28 PM   #10
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We use the fire pit as much as possible. We also bring our own lightweight rack that we use to make the cooking area larger.
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