To get ready to serve my students a traditional wagon train meal of beans, corn bread and coffee, I set out to figure out how to make a tripod like the pioneers might have had. A little research and a long stick found in the nearby woods and I was ready.
- First I removed the bark off the sticks and cut one stick in half so it was a little over 4′ long.
- Then I shaved off the end to a point (more or less) so I could stick it into the ground to give support and it wouldn’t slide. That took me a little while – I was a sight! Here I am, sweat dripping off my chin, giving it all I have, yet the stick didn’t give in easily. But slowly I can see a difference, it isn’t a sharp point but it is sort of a point.
- Next I will soak it in my pond to prevent it from burning readily. It was suggested to soak for 2 hours or if you don’t have water nearby, wrap it with wet rags or towels for 6 hours.
- Then take 2 of the sticks and insert them in the ground so that the tops of the sticks make an X at the top.
- Wrap the 2 sticks together with rope, chain or wire.
- Now place the 3rd stick in the ground and lay it on top of the other 2 sticks and secure it with the rope, chain or wire.
- If you have a “S” chain, you can use it to hang whatever you plan to cook to it.
I can’t wait to see the look on my students faces when they see the campfire and the cast iron pot filled with beans for their lunch! Yum. They will be making corn bread to go with it. What a treat!