A Simple Tripod for Cooking Outdoors

Easy to make and inexpensive.

Tucked away in our storage we have some Dutch ovens that are built for use on a stove.  This means no ring around the top to hold coals and the legs on the bottom are missing.  However, these are good US made cast iron Dutch ovens so I wanted to use them with our outdoor cooking setup.

A simple solution was to make a tripod to hold them above the fire.  This can be useful for keeping things warm and cooking foods like stews or soups.  So we took three lengths of ½ inch rebar and built a tripod.  It was quite simple.  We cut the rebar to the length we desired which was four feet.  One end was then heated with a torch and we bent it into a loop.  Loops from the other two lengths were then looped through and a little heat and hammering closed the loops.

We now had a completed tripod and the only thing left to do was to install a chain and hook.  A hook was installed on the one end of the chain.  The other end of the chain was ran through the loops and attached back to the chain with a carabiner to allow for adjustment.

Tripod top showing how the loops go together

Tripod folded for storage

This makes a nice simple inexpensive tripod that collapses together and takes little room.


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6 Responses to A Simple Tripod for Cooking Outdoors

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    very nice, this is something I need to do

  2. Lurker says:

    I’ve made several out of conduit and eye bolts that just fit into it. Open two eye bolts and close them on the unopened one. I used S hooks of the correct size with the chain for adjustment. I even made one set with scrap conduit using the slip together factory joints so the folded length can then be halved. Its a bit more on the wobbly side but it still works. I like these things as its fairly easy to adjust for the temps you want while cooking, we usually use coals from a bigger fire or briquets. I may make a set like you have described here for static use in the yard with a bigger pot.

  3. Trisha Hunt says:

    Well done howard, I’ve been looking for a close up picture of one of these to make. I bought some metal fence stakes from the army & navy store which cost me £4.00
    ( 6 dollars ) so I just need to link them. Thanks again.

  4. admin says:

    The tripod legs should all be the same length. If I remember correctly the legs were between 4 and 5 feet long. Use the chain to adjust the height of the pot above the fire.

  5. Sine says:

    Very nice article but if you are like me and have neither tools, skill nor strength to make a set yourself may I recommend Panther Primitives (pantherprimatives.com). Their’s is a Tripod/3 Piece Fire Set. Each piece is 3ft tall. The cost as of this posting is $28 plus you can get a canvas carrying case for an additional $9. I have owned my set for about 20 years. They have very good quality items that have with stood the test of time in my historical re-enactment group. We portray 16th century Scots and have used their tents and other items for many years.

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