Cooking on a Log

I came across this rather clever method of open fire cooking online the other day and wanted to share it with y’all.

As the pics indicate, you take a log and cut it lengthwise in several places, but don’t go all the way through to the end of the log. You want it to spread out a bit without coming completely apart.

I imagine you could go two different ways with regards to fire. You could set this log into the middle of a campfire and let it get going, then use it for cooking. Or you could use tinder in the cuts to get the log burning on its own.

You’ll not want to start the fire at the top of the log, of course. Just get it burning in the slots you cut and let the natural chimney action draw the heat up to the pan.

I’ll be trying this out myself very soon and will report back with how well it worked.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

4 thoughts on “Cooking on a Log”

    1. the guy I got the share from just said: Stuff the saw cuts with news papers and light them. The log burns from the inside out and will (supposably) last a long time. I want to try frying fish like that! Can you say "SHORE LUNCH"

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