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Useful Tips for Cooking Over an Open Flame

Bruce Weyhrauch

An attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Bruce Weyhrauch and his law firms have served clients throughout Alaska since 1988. When he is not working at his office, Bruce Weyhrauch is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and a has been a merit badge counselor for hiking, camping, cooking, and Environmental Science.

As an avid camper and outdoorsman, Bruce Weyhrauch enjoys working with youth on the finer points of making and enjoyable camp and outdoor cooking. Many campers enjoy the experience of making a fire in the wild and cooking over it. Here are some useful tips for those not used to cooking on an open flame.

1. Building the fire: If your campsite doesn’t have a fire pit, look for an area that is clear of debris, grass, and other flammable objects and flammable over story. Ideally, this should be at least 20 feet away from any tents, to avoid fire sparks lighting on any tents or other combustible materials.

2. Using the flame: Cooking over a roaring fire can often lead to burnt food or pans too hot to handle. Wait for the wood to burn and make coals to generate heat without flames. Use a think leather glove to handle all pots and pans and wear long sleeve shirts.

3. The gear: Safety should be a priority when working with or around fine, so wear sturdy close-toed boots, and use leather gloves when handling cooking gear. Naturally, you should use metal cooking gear too because plastics will melt.

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