[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]The beauty of wild camping is it’s simplicity. We often try to make it as easy as possible to rock up, chow down, roll up and sleep. The more adventurous amongst you, as you grow to love the outdoors more and more, will want to start edging towards what you can do with your new found love of the world.

Everytime someone mentions the word ‘bushcraft’, images spring to mind of old bearded men with far too much green clothing on and a machete strapped to their hip. In reality, the skill of bushcraft is a dying art and something that can be immensely satisfying. It can be as simple as learning how to make a fire from completely natural materials all the way through to carving pots and pans whilst you are out in the field to building a semi-permanent shelter for longer trips.

Here, assuming we have made a camp fire, we are going to show you how to build a completely natural system to hang your pots and pans over the fire for cooking. This is what the finished product will look like![/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

What you will need…

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  • A long, straight stick. About 5ft long. This will be your main pole.
  • A ‘Y’ shaped stick. About 1.5-2ft long. When you look for this stick, aim for a straight stick with a branch coming out of the side, not an actual ‘Y’ shape. The reason for this is that when you hammer this stick into the ground, if you hit either prong on a ‘Y’, it will snap the ‘Y’. You want a straight shaft and an arm coming off of it. This will be your pole stand.
  • A short L shaped stick. About 6-8 inches long. This will be your peg to hold the 5ft pole to the ground. (If you can’t find this, a rock will also do the trick)
  • A longer L shaped stick. About 1.5-2ft long. This will be your pot hanger.

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  • The pot stand.
  • The pot hanger.
  • The peg.
  • The main pole.

Carving the pot stand.

This a simple process. You want to slightly sharpen the end that is going into the ground. You will want this shape looking more like a bullet, not an actual spike. If the spike is too narrow then it will simply snap or curl when hammered into the ground.

The next part is to look at the ‘Y’ end. You will want to choose the part of the Y that travels in the straight line down the pole. This will be the part that you are going to hammer when driving the pole into the ground. With this part you are simply going to cut a bevelled edge onto the top. This is simply so that when you are hammering the top, it doesn’t curl the edges of the wood.

Thats the pot stand done! Hammer that bad boy into the ground you gangstaaa![/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Carving the pot stand.

Well, this is essentially exactly the same as the pot stand. You are going to want to sharpen up the end going into the ground and round off the end that you will be hammering. Simples!

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Carving the main pole.

Grab your 5ft pole (easy tiger!) and lets take a moment to look it over. Unless you are super lucky, you will not have got a completely straight piece of wood. What we are going to do is place it on the pole stand, in the Y. You will want about 1/3 of it hanging over the fire end, and the other 2/3 behind the stand pole, on the ground, so that it looks like this.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Give the pole a jig about and it will naturally roll so that it rests in a natural position. You will want to take note of exactly how it is sitting right now. What we need to do is create a wedge at the fire end of the pole, so that there is a flat piece of wood facing up to the sky. This ledge is what your pole hanger will hang from.

Take the pole off and, using a knife or an axe, cut that bad boy flat. You will want something that looks like this (with the top edge the one facing the sky).[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

On the end of the pole that will be resting on the ground, we are going to put a small cut in the wood. This is so that the peg that we carved has something to grip to when you hammer it in.

Go ahead and place your pole on the stand and hammer that peg in! Tadaaa![/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Carving the pot hanger.

So this is the tricky bit. Lets picture how this is going to look for a moment. You will want the bottom of the L at the bottom of the pole, this is what your actual pot will hang off of. You will want that hanging part facing the pole stand – facing away from the fire. This helps when it comes to counterbalancing the thing to ensure your amazingly cooked coup doesn’t crash into the fire at the worst possible time.

So, we know what the pole will look like. Now we need to carve the notches that will rest on our main pole.

On the same side as the L part of the stick, drive in an X shape, like this.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

You’ll then want to carve out the indentation so that you create a point. That point will be facing DOWN the stick, towards the L. So you will need to it like the below.

Ensure that you create enough of an indentation for the pot hanger to actually hang off of the main pole. At this point you can usually start to hang it and make adjustments as needed. Bare in mind that it will hang better with something hanging on it, the weight gives it more stability.[/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Finishing off…

Once you have got the hang of doing one hanging notch, do another couple along the length of the stick. This will give you the option of hanging your pot at various heights to simmer, boil etc.

And now…. COOK! You’re done!

Have a play with it, see what works best for you and practice practice practice. This sort of thing is never easy first time but it gets to be a 10 minute job if you get the hang of it. Meaning you can look super cool in front of your friends and pretend to be Crocodile Dundee. What isn’t to love?![/fusion_text][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”#ffffff” bordersize=”20px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”#ffffff” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] How to make a hanging pot system when camping[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text]

Before you go…

Let us know your thoughts! What sorts of pot systems have you used in the past? Share your knowledge on the forum and get to know the growing wild camping community!

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