Bushcraft In December | Bushcraft Cooking Pot System

Bushcraft In December | Bushcraft Cooking Pot System

It’s December. I’ve got my bushcraft gear with me. We’re bushcrafting in December. Hi folks I’m Craig Taylor
and as always a huge thanks for joining me here on my youtube channel
the bushcraft Padawan if you enjoy watching this video I’m not yet a
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you won’t miss out on any future videos from me Cheers regular viewers and
subscribers will know that for several years now I’ve made a commitment to get
out for a full day or an overnighter or a combination of the two once a month
every month for that calendar year it is now December 2019 in fact it’s the 30th
of December 2019 so I’ve made it by the skin of my teeth and I’ve almost managed
to do the same throughout this year as well September October I didn’t manage
to get out into the woods for some personal reasons but I’ve managed it in
November and December and hopefully I’ll be able to continue that into next year
as well so here we are at the end of the year
there if you’re a regular of your subscriber you’ll also know that rather
than just come out and potter around the woods i always like to come out with a
plan something that I want to practice or refine or try for the first time and
once again December is no exception at all what I want to try today is
something called an indian wagon or a wagon not Terry Wogan an Indian wagon it
is a way of suspending a pot or pots over a fire it is adjustable and it’s an
interesting take on the approach that I think many of us take when we choose it
and you suspend a pot over a fire of of driving a stick in at 45 degrees the
fire is blazing away here and we dangle a pot from the towards the end of that
45 degree angle stick I’ve done that many times you’ve seen videos where I’ve
done it I’m sure you’ve done it as well there’s some sort of interesting physics
challenges with doing that though which you need to drive the stake into the
ground to begin with which can be a bloody tough thing to do you need to get
it angled just right otherwise it’s too close to the fire it’s too high above
the fire you’re limited by the way of the pot that you can put on it because
clearly put so heavier pot on and that the base is going to spring out of the
ground I have experienced unfortunately all of those challenges myself and maybe
you have as well and that’s why when I was watching a recent video from the
online elementary continuation series where from Paul Kelly at Busch from seer
bushcraft when I was doing the online program he showed an interesting concept
that I’ve actually seen before I’ve seen in in in burden their necks Mason’s book
and I’ve never you know it just didn’t strike me as something that was that
useful until I saw Paul demonstrates it on video so that’s what I want to do
today I want to try my hand at crafting this this Indian wagon stake this the
sloping pot stick that spans the fire and I want to bring in yulong on what to
bring you along as well for the journey because it was an interesting concept to
me it’s devilishly simple incredibly simple it’s one of those things that
when you look at it or at least I certainly looked at and thought why
haven’t I thought of that before it’s so simple it kind of stares you in the face
and for me it’s engineers out a lot of those problems with just using a 45
degree angle stick over the fire with a pot descending from it so why don’t you
join me I’m going to grab a few materials it really doesn’t take many
materials I’m gonna gather a few materials and I’ll show you what it’s
all about first things first I need eight or nine feet of roughly 1 inch
diameter as straight as possible piece of wood I am in a woodland here that’s
got a lot of different species in it but it’s got a heck of a lot of sweet
chestnut kustanai a sativa and this beautiful specimen just a few yards from
where I filmed the intro to the video was staring out at me it’s not perfect
straight he’s got a little and it’s got a little bend towards the the ground
itself where it emerges from the ground but all in all it’s pretty damn perfect
compared to what I saw Paul using in the video so I’m going to take this piece
down here I’m going to get it tidied up of all the the loose twigs and limbs
that are hanging off the edge here and I’ll show you what I’m going to do with
it I’m six foot so you can clearly see that this isn’t souring above me in fact
I think it’s disappearing out of shop so I’m very happy that this is in that sort
of 8 to 9 foot region that it’s advisable is to use for the length of
this so I’ve tied it up I’ve got my 8 to 9 feet let’s crack on with the rest
those date on 9 feet and got the thickest part the part that I took off
just above ground level closest to the camera and I’m here with the finished
end what I’m trying it’s having now is how does this naturally want to fall I
don’t mean fall on the ground but if I hold my just under one finger at the end
here this isn’t moving anywhere the angle that this is laying up the way
that this is orientated itself is fairly stable if I try and move this through 90
degrees and I’ve done that now and I’m actually pinching now at this end I’m
not holding and pinching those two let go now and I didn’t do anything I didn’t
force it it simply wanted to write itself let me show you that again I’m
pinching it still I’m gonna let go and you’ll notice didn’t fall on the ground
but it’s swiveled for about 180 degrees so I’m just gonna hold this in various
different orientations just to find out how it naturally wants to hang and fall
and this is its natural orientation this is how it wants to hang this is how it
wants to orientate itself what I now know is the top of this the part that
will be facing naturally upwards when I create this is the part you can see now
the part that will be facing downwards towards the fire towards the pot is the
part that you cannot see now because it’s in this in
dead ground – it’s the part I’m rubbing my hand on now as opposed to the part
that I’m rubbing my hand on now it’s important to note this because when I
carve the notches into this I need to make sure that they are orientated the
right way compared to how this is going to naturally hang over the fire I now
know where a piece and I now know where down is you’re now seeing what I’m
seeing the wood has naturally fallen and or Incentive itself into way that it
would naturally wants to sit and comfortably wants to sit we now know
that this area here as I’ve said is the top this is where I should be carving my
notch on my notches I want to make my way no less than one third of the way
damn it I don’t want to be any closer to the camera than where my hand is now
that is roughly give or take one third of the way from the thin end of the
stick downwards roughly this area here again it’s hanging naturally so what I
want to do is roughly where my thumb is I’m going to curve a notch just putting that marker in there with
my knife so that if I happen to inadvertently as I’m handling this twist
the stick either way I’ve got a constant reminder that this is up so I’ve carved
a what yeah I guess you might call a stop cut a very shallow stop cut here
and I’m just going to carve into it removing material as I go make the stop
cut a little deeper carve into it and I’m gonna keep
repeating that until I’ve made a decent notch in the wood going no more than
halfway of course if I go to half way I’m gonna start to weaken this piece of
wood which is the last thing I want when I hurt my hot meal is hanging over the
top of it there we have it folks there’s that knot
carved in hopefully you can see now if I just place my hand there give you a
cross-section of it it’s gone no more than halfway into the wood I definitely
don’t want going more than halfway because it just weakens the wood and it
takes longer to create and I’m increasing the risk of it snapping and
throwing the contents of my nearly can on my pot on my Dutch oven into the fire
a big no-no if anything this is possibly a little bit too deep I’m thinking about
the the gauge of the way that’s on my petromax dutch oven and that will
comfortably sit in this knot G so if anything I could have made that much
just a little bit shallower kept the wood even stronger and still had the
same end result I’m gonna have another notch in maybe another foot foot and a
half no more than that further down here just to give me some adjustability once
the pot is over the fire I don’t want to be working hopefully you can understand
now I don’t be working at either end of this piece of wood because it will
either be suspended in the air nowhere near the fire or we sat on the floor
nowhere near the fire I want to be working roughly in the center ish area
of this upright all will become clear I’m sure once you actually see this
completed I’m gonna put another notch in here for now I hope now you’re starting
to get an idea as to how all of this comes together I’m fortunate to have
found slash unfortunate to have found depends on your perspective
somebody’s previous campfire here that they’ve they’ve clearly left a trace for
the purpose of this demo though it’s actually it’s actually quite handy for
me because I’ve now got an area that you can see would be a campfire
you can see this stick that I’ve been working on previously in the video
angled over it and just for demo purposes
I’ve hung my metal mug from one of those notches over the fire now that would be
a Billy can Dutch oven something like that you can also see that I can now
move this either by hand away from the flame if I wanted to just keep it warm
if I wanted it to simmer I could move the pot away from the main heat of the
fire by moving it slightly I could also move it slightly down of course if I’d
have the notch lower however I think that would then be touching the ground
that I’d still want to keep some heat rising into it so I’ve moved I’ve made a
notch higher up I’ve moved my Dutch oven or cooking utensil further up before
needs to bring it back down to the flame I could do that equally I could also
actually shuffle of course the entire stick this isn’t stuck in the ground
this isn’t driven into the ground like the previous methods we’ve spoken about
is she just resting on the gun I’ll come to this up right here in just a second
and my thoughts about this but I could just shuffle the entire stick meaning
that I don’t have to have another notch I don’t have to move this cooking
utensil or Dutch oven I can move it by moving the entire stick and the Dutch
oven or cooking utensil would go with it so that’s the theory as to how it works
but the foot owned the thicker end as you can see it’s not driven in the
ground it is simply laying on top of the ground just resting on there which means
that it is somewhat infinitely adjustable let’s have a look at the
tricky round the end that is elevated there let’s talk about that let’s turn
our attention to the slight slightly trickier end of the equation we’ve
talked about the fact that the thicker and the bottom end is just resting on
the floor great they’d easy to engineer that even I can
do that coming up to the elevator then the other thinner end as I other as I
chose to orientate it this clearly needs holy
up above the fire it needs elevating so what I’ve taken here is a piece of
strong green more this is actually hornbeam this y-shaped up right here and
what I would do and I haven’t for this video but what I would do is once I
actually had my pot hanging from there even if it was empty and I knew how far
that pot dropped down below the upright I could then cut and fashioned this wide
to be taller or shorter I could carve a point on to it and I could hammer it
into the ground so it was that upright today
it’s simply being held in place by good luck my crossed fingers and a piece of
log that I’ve wedge to the base of it the reason I’ve not gone full throttle
on this is for exactly that reason I’ve just said I don’t have my Dutch oven
here and without the Dutch oven I don’t quite know what the hang is going to be
therefore I could create this and it’s too long and the Dutch oven is just
waving in the air Oh with a fine not getting any real hay equally if I carve
it and craft it too short the doctor was just set on the floor
with a bailout flop to the side and the fires and in direct contact with it
which would be no good either so for now I’m just leaving this freestanding when
I next come out with my Dutch oven though I have the the what they do
bright the 45-degree upright is already fashioned I don’t need to do anything
with that and I just do need to do a little bit of tinkering with this
y-shaped up right here to get the length of it correct and get
it driven into the ground then we should be good to go
I do have an alternative way of thinking about this book right here something
that says alternative to the book that I’ve read about it it’s a slight
alternative to the video that Paul showed about it and I want to show you
what that is right now and here’s my answer a tripod the reason I start
turning to this was because I was thinking to myself I’ve only got one
chance of getting back y-shaped upright right if I could it slightly too long
that’s not the worst thing if I could it’s slightly too short that’s the worst
thing I’ve got to get the angle just right if he starts to move about in the
ground because I don’t drive it in fire for the ground softens that’s a problem
so for me once this just uses one piece of wooden should be relatively simple to
do for me more of a margin of error turn to the tripod I know I can erect a
tripod quite quickly notice space I can put a tripod together quicker than I
could probably sharpen a point on the end of that hornbeam because I haven’t
got my ax with me the other great thing about this is it doesn’t need driving
into the ground so there’s it’s not going to become unstable in the ground
because it’s not in the ground if it doesn’t need driving into the ground I
could use this when the ground is baked hard around here I could use this when
there’s a lot of you know roots just underneath the surface I had to drive
through it’s also I want to say infinitely adjustable but it’s a down
sight more injured adjustable than just a solid piece of wood in the ground so I
could move my legs out and you’ll notice that that’s just about to drop out of
shock now what you won’t notice is that my metal mug you may have heard it
jangling about then is much much closer to the fire brilliant if that starts to
burn I’ll get too hot only to raise things I can bring the uprights of the
tripod closer together you’ll notice that this is much more in
shock now and my metal milk / the Dutch oven has now been elevated so I really
really like this I think there’s I think there’s a lot that can be and there’s a
lot to be said for for sacrificing the y-shaped stick for me anyway and
replacing it with a tripod also the tripod is multi-purpose as well of
course I could utilize this for also cooking over the fire
I could put some side beams on it and use it to dry things off around the fire
not as easily done and I probably wouldn’t want to be doing it with just a
single solitary piece of wire shapes would upright in the ground so I’m
really sort of pleased that I had this brainwave on the way here here way here
this morning I’m still gonna try that Y shaped piece of hornbeam when I do
eventually bring the Dutch oven out but I think if I’m honest I think I’m going
to err towards using this tripod for all those reasons that I’ve just listed here
there we have it folks an indian wagon are you like me and kicking yourself at
the simplicity of it all and kicking yourself as why didn’t I think of that
sooner I’ve not used it yet so let’s not get ahead of ourselves it’s not been
over a real fire it’s not had a real pot suspended I’ve not cooked a real meal in
it today was just about getting out and fashioning that you know that piece of
kits and fashioning that wood and the framework and the notches and everything
like that ready for when I do come out again you’ll know or you’ll never have
noticed several times in this video that I’ve mentioned Dutch oven and the reason
I’ve mentioned it is because my mum very kindly bought me a Dutch oven for
Christmas it sat at home at the moment in the living room and hasn’t seen as
wisp of smoke or an ember anywhere near it yet but I’m certainly hoping to get
out in the very near future coming out and cooking something nice and simple on
it to begin with and I plan to use if the recipe dictates it I plan to use
that particular setup that you’ve just seen me create today to actually suspend
the pot over and cook over so today was about the theory in a coming
video in the coming weeks hopefully we’ll put that theory into practice and
end up with a well-cooked meal cooked suspended above it in a Dutch oven if
you want to see what that meal turns out like whether it’s a feast fit for kings
or whether it just ends up all over my campfire click that red subscribe button
it’s in the bottom right hand corner of your screen roundabout now and you won’t
miss out on any future video updates from me once again a massive thank you
for tuning in thank you for tuning in probably throughout 2019 maybe some of
you even hail from further back do me a favor in the comments below once you’ve
watched this video just let me know roughly what year you started watching
is this your first video have you started watching this year have you been
a watcher of viewer or subscriber from the beginning just be interesting to see
when people comment do they comment because they’ve been with my channel for
a long time and feel comfortable with it all the people quite happy commenting
just after seeing a video for the very first time let me know in those comments
below I’ll see you I got it I’ll see you out again in the woods very soon or
perhaps of my own teeth in on that occasion and I look forward to hearing
and reading your comments down below take care folks see you soon Cheers

16 thoughts on “Bushcraft In December | Bushcraft Cooking Pot System

  1. 👀 Watch next: HAPPY NEW YEAR AND 2019 BUSHCRAFT REFLECTIONS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ns1ozo2x1g

  2. I rarely need more than a twig stove or an alcohol stove to cook with, on rare occasions I have used a tripod with a ring chain and hook, but this is brilliant a perfect example of K.I.S.S.

  3. Last year probably but caught up. I like watching because you're very good at explaining simply and properly while bringing everyone along on the journey.

  4. been watching for a couple months, mostly cherry picking from your backlist. have found it all worthwhile. all the best to you and the channel for 2020.

  5. That dull sound is me repeatedly kicking myself! Tried several different pot hangers over the last few years, of varying intricacy. But I’ve never tried this one. Will be giving it a go, with and without the sensible addition of a tripod!
    Btw, been a good couple of years. Won’t say the very start, but a quick scan over your early vids and I know I was pretty close. Here’s to next couple of years!

  6. Hi Craig! Nice and simple pot hanger and in my opinion even better with the tripod. Honestly I am curios to see if the pot hanger stick will survive the fire. It is fairly close to the flames/embers. But we will see. 🙂 ATB André – P.S. I am here since March 2017

  7. This is the third or fourth video of yours that I have watched, just sub'd. Found you on YouTube's Recommended videos. I'm looking forward to watching your previous videos. Hope you have a great 2020.

  8. Great pot hanging system there.
    Been a subscriber now for just over a year mate. Watch around 90% of the videos posted.
    Videos I do watch I always give a thumbs up and give my honest opinions in comments and to be honest there always positive comments because I like the content. 👍🏻

  9. I have no clue how long I'm subscribed or how many video's from you I've watched.
    That one forked stick method I don't like. It might be ok for a small billy can but sure not stable enough for a Dutch Oven. Make sure you prepare your Dutch Oven before taking it into use and also clean it the right way. When you do this right they will last generations.
    I noticed that you use a forked stick for that one pole but with the tripod you use cordage.
    I started using forked sticks for the tripod many many years ago and never needed cordage again. You can make a tripod including pot hanger with no notched being made and using only dead wood if you leave some parts of the side branches on it.
    I can even make a lean to shelter without a single notch or cordage either using all natural materials or a tarp.
    I gave the video a like because of the out of the box thinking.

  10. Happy New Year Craig! Your kids mimicked your opening delivery perfectly. I actually laughed out loud. Thanks. Looking forward to your 2020 season.

  11. Only just found and subscribed to your channel and finding your videos really useful as I'm only just starting out wild camping.
    I don't have all the gear yet and even less of an idea.
    First video of yours I watched (and was searching for) was how to go about possibly obtaining permission from land owners to use their woods legally.

  12. I’ve been watching since you had about 600 subscribers. I’ve recently not been getting notifications of new content even though I’ve selected all content. As to this cooking setup, I would ask a question; if you have a tripod why would another piece of wood be necessary? I’ve used just about anything you could imagine (light chain, paracord, boot lace, green vine, etc.) to dangle a pot over a fire using just a tripod. They were all good for the purpose.

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