If your pot has a handle, it’s fairly easy to hang over a fire when you’re cooking. The problem comes about when it doesn’t have a handle or when the handle is designed for holding the pot or you’re using a frying pan. Being able to make an improvised cooking stand will help solve this problem. One of the easiest ways to make an improvised cooking stand is to use a set of old metal shelf brackets.
One of the good things about shelf brackets are they can be “nested” together so that they don’t take up a lot of room. This makes it easy to carry them and they come apart easily in order to assemble an improvised cooking stand with just a few small bolts.
How easy is it to make? Well, Lil’ RW, my grandson who is only six years old put one together quite easily. I simply bolted a couple of shelf brackets together to give him an idea of how to connect them and he did the rest. Unfortunately, he wanted to gather some wood and build a fire so he could start cooking...in the house! Not a good idea.
Most shelf brackets come in pairs and have different lengths on each side of the bracket. This allows you to configure the cooking stand for different cookware. One configuration is great for a frying pan while an alternate configuration works well for a stock pot or a large cast iron pot. If the ground is soft enough, you can even push the ends into the ground to add a little stability.
Another option is the triangular configuration for your improvised cooking stand. If you’re missing a shelf bracket, this isn’t a problem. Just assemble your cooking stand with three shelf brackets instead of four. It’ll still hold a frying pan or pot.
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