Essential Campfire Cooking Gear
Old Campfire Coffee Pots
A Good Heavy-Duty Coffee Pot
If you will be using a campfire for cooking, – a good campfire coffee pot is essential!
Even if you use a camp stove to do most of your camping meals cooking, you will need a good camping coffee pot. If you are not a coffee drinker, (blasphemy!), you can still use it for your other hot water needs, like hot tea, hot chocolate, and dish washing water.
These might not win any beauty contests, – but you can see they are veterans of campfire use.
If you know that you will NEVER be using a campfire to heat your camp coffee pot, then all you need is one with a handle to pick it up. But otherwise, you should consider a coffee pot that also has a wire bail-type handle on the top.
Not only does it give you more control to hold the pot by the bail, and use the side handle to pour, but the bail also allows you the flexibility to hang the coffee pot over the fire instead of just being able to set it in it.
When considering what kind of coffee pot to get for camping use, consider these questions:
- Will you be using it on a campfire or camp stove – almost any coffee pot will work on a camp stove, but not all coffee pots will work well with campfire use, for instance; plastic handles are a hazard on a coffee pot on a campfire.
- How will you brew your coffee, – cowboy-style with the grounds tossed in, or percolator-basket style
- What size do you need – if it is only for coffee, (and not for a large group), then a 9-cup would be fine, but if you plan on using it to heat hot water for other uses, or for a large group, then consider a larger 20-cup size. (you don’t have to brew 20-cups just because that is its capacity, you can still brew any amount you want.)
Since a campfire coffee pot can always be used on a camp stove, but not all camp stove coffee pots will safe to use on a campfire, I would recommend you pick a camp coffee pot style that has a top wire bail handle so that you have the flexibility of both choices.
Where to get them, and how much to pay:
- It may not be your “cup-of-tea”, but you can frequently find coffee pots suitable for camp use at; garage and yard sales, or flea markets. Usually for $1 – $5.
- You might find enamel camp stove-type coffee pots in department stores, but other than that your best bet is a camping supply store, or online of course.
- You can spend $50 buying a “Cadillac-version” enameled/speckled pot, but typically a reasonable range would be $13 – $25.
But, except for enameled coffee pots, if your pot is used in direct flames it will eventually blacken. The dish soap will allow the soot to wash off, but it won’t stop the blackening, over time, from direct flame contact.
Here are several choices to give you an idea of whats available:
** I highly recommend Amazon.com for camping supplies. Their prices are usually lower than our local camping stores, the free standard 3-5 day shipping is almost always faster than that, and their return policy is even better than Walmart’s.
Coleman stuff has been camp tested for years, and it works. This is a light-weight 9-cup aluminum coffee pot with all the right features, and its only around $13
Coleman 9-cup Aluminum Camp Coffee Pot
Stansport has good stuff too! This one would be my choice, because of its capacity, and it’s only about $4 more than the Coleman above.
Stansport 20-Cup Percolator Camp Coffee Pot
This Graniteware model is a nice choice too! At around $20. But it’s a coffee boiler not a percolator, which is fine for cowboy-style coffee.
Graniteware 3 Quart Coffee Boiler
Folger’s single-serve coffee bags are an easy way to make a great tasting cup of coffee with very little effort. Just don’t use more than 6oz. of water per bag, or use 2 bags for mugs.
Notes and discussions:
Here are a few more pieces of camping gear you might be interested in:
Even if you are not interested in buying now, they will give you an idea of the choices you have and the prices you can expect.
- Camping Gear – How to Pick a Campfire Cooking Grill
- Campfire Cookware – What do you need
- Campfire Checklist
- Campfire Cooking Checklist
- Camp Tools and Accessories Checklist
- Complete Tent Camping Checklist
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