Working on some camp craft

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    Working on some camp craft

    Took a mini vacation to Davidson River Campground in Brevard earlier this week. Decided to do things a bit differently. We ditched the stoves and picked up 2 dutch ovens. One for the oven and one for the fire. So we worked out a few things to try and fix in them. Dinners were just burgers and hot dogs on the fire grate.

    Regular Dutch oven on the grate getting oil hot.



    Frying up the huggies. Hershey's kisses wrapped in half a biscuit. Fried. And rolled in confectioners sugar. We may have replaced the Smore.



    Ooy Gooy goodness.



    Breakfast was Monkey Bread, cinnamon pull aparts. Half a biscuit dipped in oil then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. Melted half a stick of butter in the regular dutch oven. Placed coals under it and on top. First batch was a bit under done. Second just a touch over done. Third, well, kind of looked like charcoal top and bottom. 2 out of 3 ain't bad for the first go around.



    Brought some of the old tools I found cleaning out my Grandmothers houses and buildings. The draw knife and hatchet saw a lot of use. Did very well and are likely over 50 years old.





    Decided it was time for my girls to start learning how to start and build a fire. My oldest busted her first fire with a fire steel. She started most of the fires for the rest of the trip. Very handy for my wife when I was out fishing.









    First try at char cloth too. Wrapped some cut up cotton t shirt material in foil to not spoil the oven.






    Then let it set in the fire a good while. Turned it occasionally.




    First try at starting a fire was no good. Partly the steel was blinding me in the dark. Tried again in the morning and could see the embers light the cloth slightly. Finally got an ember to take, wrapped a wood shaving in the cloth, and managed to work it into a flame. Pretty cool new trick.

    Can't beat a great trip with the family while learning and teaching some valuable new skills. We are now looking to do most of our cooking in the dutch ovens. Just adds something extra to the experience cooking everything over a fire. My youngest never quite got the fire steel right, so more work there. But she did great running the 3 lb hammer helping me split the wood down. Would love to find a decent froe to replace the hatchet for splitting kindling. And I need to work on the char cloth too. Not sure if it will replace the cotton on top of my fire starters, but it's a nice alternative. Next trip I need to teach the girls how to build one without the starters.

    Oh, and the military sleep system was a big hit with the girls. They were toasty. I got a bit cool in the hammock the first night thinking the bivy would replace the thermal barrier I normally use. Close, but not quite. Added the barrier the next 2 nights and slept just fine.
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    Nothing beats first hand experience. Someday your children will recount the skills they learned from their grandfather on these epic camping trips. You done good.
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    Great job. Take your in fire pot and build an upside down cake in it. This is one of the things that works well in a dutch oven. Simple components that don't need refrigeration and tastes great. What is left over we use as breakfast rolls in the morning.
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    Looks like a tasty good time!

    In Boy Scouts my troop made a desert where all you need is bananas, tinfoil, Hershey's chocolate bars and mini marshmallows if you choose.

    Slice open the banana, line it with Hershey's squares and or marshmallows, wrap it in tinfoil and throw it in the fire. Not near or next to the fire, in the fire. Retrieve it safely after a few minutes and enjoy.

    Messy and delicious
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    Wow! My mouth started watering while I was reading about the food you made! I love cooking in a dutch oven, both in the house and outside. I cook roasts and potatoes, carrots, and onions in one in the backyard in the summer when I don't want to heat up the house with the oven. Now I'm going to have to get off the computer and go get something to eat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefjason View Post
    My God....what have you done?

    You may have just ruined me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xader View Post
    My God....what have you done?

    You may have just ruined me....
    lol. It's like fair food. Fried, sweet, and nothing about it good for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefjason View Post
    lol. It's like fair food. Fried, sweet, and nothing about it good for you.
    It's good for the soul.

    Probably not so great for the arteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefjason View Post
    lol. It's like fair food. Fried, sweet, and nothing about it good for you.
    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    It's good for the soul.

    Probably not so great for the arteries.
    Maybe not good for you. But, if you want to get the kids hooked on camping and the outdoors this is the way to do it.

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    Excellent thread.

    Good on you for teaching the girls survival skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    Excellent thread.

    Good on you for teaching the girls survival skills.


    CORRECTOMONDO Patti.

    OP it sounds to me like y'all were making different versions of Indian Fry Bread. For 10 years I got Fry Bread twice a month at work. Rolled in powdered sugar or cinnamon right out of the oil or stuffed with meat and veges. Never had it with Hershey's chocolate inside...yummy delicious it sounds...


    Teaching youngsters wilderness skills like fire building and cookery will give them wonderful and lasting memories. Put another feather in your hat
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    I can't remember all the receipts but I'm sure the Boy Scouts I had do.

    Take a coffee can, bar chocolate, some paraffin wax, sugar. Heat over a fire. When melted and stirred good dip marshmallow and place between graham crackers. Very good.

    Also try starting fire with dryer lint, wood shavings and steel wool. Use flint and steel. The spark hits the steel wool and gets super hot, lights the lint and then the shavings. Starts pretty fast. Don't cheat and use lighter fluid. Caught the boys a couple times trying to sneak one in.

    Or cook a turtle. What we called it. Hamburger meat with carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil. Bury in your coals of the fire. Also very good.

    By for now. I'm hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navydude View Post
    I can't remember all the receipts but I'm sure the Boy Scouts I had do.

    Take a coffee can, bar chocolate, some paraffin wax, sugar. Heat over a fire. When melted and stirred good dip marshmallow and place between graham crackers. Very good.

    Also try starting fire with dryer lint, wood shavings and steel wool. Use flint and steel. The spark hits the steel wool and gets super hot, lights the lint and then the shavings. Starts pretty fast. Don't cheat and use lighter fluid. Caught the boys a couple times trying to sneak one in.

    Or cook a turtle. What we called it. Hamburger meat with carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil. Bury in your coals of the fire. Also very good.

    By for now. I'm hungry.
    NavyDude ole buddy you got some cool stuff floating around in your head!!! HUA!! I was 12 or so at Lakeside Bible Camp one night and some grownup (a counselor) said here lets do this... Same basic recipe. Meat taters veges in foil and buried in the coals for about an hour. Was extra super dooper cause we were eating with our hands. Plus NO ONE'S MOM WAS AROUND TO YELL AT US!!!!!!!! It's one of my favorite memories
    from when I was a kid. Thanks Bubba
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    That's twice now I fergot OP. I got an old draw knife too 'cept the handles are in fine condition. Got it at a Barter Faire most likely. Mine has the curve too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navydude View Post
    Or cook a turtle. What we called it. Hamburger meat with carrots, onions, peppers, potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil. Bury in your coals of the fire. Also very good.

    By for now. I'm hungry.
    The camp I worked for called that Hobo Stew. The kids loved it.

    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    That's twice now I fergot OP. I got an old draw knife too 'cept the handles are in fine condition. Got it at a Barter Faire most likely. Mine has the curve too.
    That draw knife has seen better days. I'll be replacing the handles at some point. But since they bent the metal to hold them, I'm not looking forward to it.
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