Camping Food Activities

Make an Outdoor Grill

Make an outdoor grill yourself, and outdoor cooking will be more fun than ever.

What You'll Need:

  • Grating (from a camping supply store)
  • Shovel
  • Bricks or cement blocks
  • Sand
  • Charcoal

NOTE: If children participate in this activity, make sure you supervise them.

How to Make an Outdoor Grill:

Step 1: On bare soil, away from flammable materials, make a rectangle in the dirt as long as your grating and four inches wider. Use this outline to dig a rectangular, flat-bottomed pit two inches deep.

Step 2: Set the bricks flat on the short sides of the pit. Stack up a second layer of bricks. When making the second layer, overlap the bricks to make a stronger stack. The second layer won't be as long as the first, but should be as wide as the grill.

Step 3: Line the pit with at least an inch of sand. This will insulate the ground underneath to prevent fires. When you're ready to cook, remove the grating and pour your charcoal on the sand.

Now that you have your grill ready, keep reading to learn how to cook food without dirtying pans or utensils.

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