Cooking Quad Pod

I first saw this cooking quad pod made by my friend Tim Smith of Jack Mountain Bushcraft School last summer at Woodsmoke.  So I made one this past winter for a family campout and it worked great!  As Fall will be here before you know it, posting this now in case you will be camping with a crew and you want to build one.  All you need is an axe and/or saw, rope and a minimum of 7 poles.  Pictures should be self explanatory…

Here is a picture of the structure Tim Smith built at Woodsmoke 2012.  (click to englarge)

The structure Tim Smith built at Woodsmoke 2012. (click to enlarge)

The idea is to have a moveable pole just higher than the tallest person in camp.  Off the poll, chains support pots and/or a grate.  The poll can slide back and forth, side to side giving you many options of temperature control and, as you will see below, an easy way to hang multiple pots, etc..  Everything is up high and the structure is large, so no need to worry about knocking something over.  Plus it is a good way to hold cooking tools and you can even extend a table off the structure.

The cooking quad pod in action.

The cooking quad pod in action.

Sash chains with "S" hooks holding stainless steel milk pails used as cooking pots and a steel grate for an additional cooking surface.

Sash chains with “S” hooks holding stainless steel milk pails (Tractor Supply) used as cooking pots.  A steel grate was hung for an additional cooking surface.

Yours truly working hard cooking for a dozen adults .  The structure was especially great as it kept a cooking area as a "cooking area" as there were over a dozen kids running around.  Yes, that is a moveable SuperShelter in the background.  Kids though it was cool!

Yours truly working hard cooking for a dozen adults . The structure was especially great as it kept a cooking area as a “cooking area” — there were over a dozen kids running around too. And yes, that is a moveable SuperShelter in the background. Kids thought it was cool… er… hot!

How about some Mountain Man breakfast the next morning?

How about some Mountain Man breakfast the next morning?

And some flaky biscuits straight out of the reflector over?

And some flaky biscuits straight out of the reflector over?

 

 

 

 

About Christian Noble

Chris Noble is the founder of MasterWoodsman.com and Woodsmoke Camping Company. A Master Naturalist, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked as a Registered Forester and Certified Burn Manager in several states. Chris is also a Wilderness First Responder and since the late 90’s has been “practicing primitive” skills and taking lessons from numerous Master Woodsmen throughout North America. An advocate for Conservation, teacher of Wilderness Living Skills, and happily married, he enjoys passing what he has learned thus far to others, especially his 2 children, Emerson and Duncan.

5 Responses to Cooking Quad Pod

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    OutdoorEnvy August 13, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    That looks pretty handy. Might have to give that one a try at deer camp this fall.

  2. Christian August 13, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Thanks for the feedback. I hope to use that same structure in the picture to hang a deer this season myself.

    By the way, I am sure Tim has another name for it. “Cooking Quad Pod” is just what I called the structure. Either way, it’s outdoor cooking… Master Woodsman style!

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    Stephen Richardson August 14, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    great setup

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    Chad August 14, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Great idea for the cooking fire area at the farm! 😉

    First saw this a year or so ago on a Mors Kochanski coffee video on the KaramatWW channel.

    I’d wager that’s where Tim got it. Have to ask him sometime!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX91Nj0uItI

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    Madmax August 16, 2013 at 3:39 am #

    Cool. We’ll have to try this at the next Kracaneuner Tribe meet.

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