If you want to cook a great meal over a fire pit or campfire you’re going to need all the best Campfire Cooking Equipment and tools
A good friend of mine always tried to throw great parties and for the most part, he did, except for the fact the food sucked!
He tried his best to cook great tasting steak over his fire pit but never really nailed it.
He would fumble over the fire trying not to burn his hands, the meat would stick to whatever DIY fire pit he was trying to use. The steaks came out blue and others as hard as rocks.
This got me thinking how many other well-intentioned grill masters are out there f’ing things up!
And how could I help?
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The trick to being a great fire pit cook is using the right equipment.
And that’s what you’ll find here, a list of all the most important campfire cooking equipment you need.
There are other tools that might come in handy but this list is a great starting point.
Campfire Cooking Equipment Must-Have Tools
Here is our list:
- Over-Fire Grates & Grills
- Welding Gloves
1. Over-Fire Grates & Grills
A good grill is without a doubt a must-have.
Without a good quality grill, your food might stick, cook unevenly or even taste weird.
So why not get something that you know will last
Texsport Heavy-Duty Barbecue Swivel Grill for Open Fire Pit.
Why Alpha’s use this grill?
- High quality, welded, solid metal construction perfect for cooking over an open fire.
- Large 24”x16” Cooking surface. Can hold multiple skillets, pans, etc…
- Adjustable height for optimal heat distribution
- It rotates 360 degrees
- Portable so you can cook anywhere
This is an impressive grill it’s sturdy, can rotate 360 degrees and the swivel locks in place and works well.
It can support large cast iron cookware, which is a must and the cooking surface is big enough to hold up to two skillets or dutch ovens.
Set up is easy, all you need is a mallet or hammer.
However, once you’ve banged it into the ground it might be difficult to relocate because the “fin” really holds things in place, which to be honest is a good thing.
The last thing you want is your grill, piled with food falling over into the fire.
Learn to grill like a bear in the backwoods with these campfire cooking tips.
2. Hatchet & Axe
Keeping your fire going and hot is something you can’t afford to mess up. Without a consistent temperature, you’ll end up with cold food and maybe an upset stomach.
Part of managing the fire is ensuring you have enough fuel. You’ll need something that can split the larger pieces of wood into smaller more manageable sizes.
Why Alpha’s use this Hatchet:
- Superior Blade Design, Razor-sharp edges to give you more one-strike splits
- More Power at Impact, Balanced head weight to increase swing speed & multiply power. Ideal for a one-handed splitting of small logs
- Virtually Unbreakable, FiberComp handles and inseparable insert-molded heads
- Includes sheath to protect the blade and YOU.
- Lifetime warranty
This is a rugged little hatchet, well sorry not so small.
In fact, Fiskars recommends this hatchet for “taller users”. Which really means that it’s mean for stronger people.
It’s about 2” longer than similar hatchets and it is also about 4 pounds heavier so make sure you can wield this awesome little hatchet.
It’s is heavy yet razor-sharp and has a continuous wedge design, which some have noted as an issue.
One person on Amazon noted it sometimes can catch on a knot, causing the head to turn a bit.
They recommend a loose grip when using this hatchet to prevent a hand injury and utilize the heavyweight of the hatchet to do the work instead of muscle.
Overall it’s a great hatchet that will make easy work of your firewood.
3. Welding Gloves
Want to save your arm hairs from clear and present danger?
RAPICCA Forge Welding Gloves
Why Alpha’s use these gloves:
- Withstand EXTREME heat and temperatures up to 662°F(350℃).
- Save your arm hair. These gloves are 16 inches long.
- Thick and durable. This pair of gloves will last a long time.
The gloves are perfect for campfire or fire pit cooking and can handle extreme heats up to 662°F(350℃) and are made with heat resistant leather and Kevlar stitching.
A friend of mine recommended this for ovens/ barbecues/fire pit cooking.
He said they really do help protect your hands for short periods and they work great for handling heat-retaining cast iron cooking equipment.
One thing he said is how well they work around lower temp of 400F, he likes to throw them on when moving multiple pans around while seasoning in the oven.
My buddy did also tell me that one time he pulled a skillet out of a 575F oven and was able to place it on the counter before any real harm but he did see the glove was signed and smoked a little.
The manufacturer note: These gloves are not meant for prolonged direct contact with a hot grill grate or hot metal cookware for a long time.
So if your working with something hotter than 662°F(350℃) maybe get a better glove.
Otherwise, for the average fire pit cooking master, these would work just fine.