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Post Number: 58
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Does anyone have experience making a good, light set of fire irons? I've tripped with irons extensively with Camp Wabun (though these were 3 feet long and 10 lbs) but on my own trips I've always used a grate, which I cant stand. I'm not sure which kind of pipe material or thickness, or even how you flatten the ends as I don't have a vice.

Any help would be appreciated. Thought I'd try here first before calling around. Leaving on trip Monday morning.

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Post Number: 160
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 - 10:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Instead of pipes I've seen angle irons used. More stable on the rocks. I believe there's an article on this site about fireplaces & irons.

Fire irons, at lest to me, seem like a great way to make your pack heavier.

(Message edited by Preacher on August 13, 2010)
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Post Number: 59
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 - 12:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Found it!

"Early irons were simply two solid iron rods. Today, they are usually three-quarter-inch gas-line pipe cut three to four feet in length." place.htm

I've always tied them into my canoe rather than have them sideways on a pack, banging against the trees. A sheath is key so everything doesnt get pot black on it. And yes, the extra weight is a pain, but they're a dream to cook on, especially for large groups.

Thanks for the help.
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Post Number: 1232
Registered: 02-2004

Posted on Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I experimented with other lighter metal pipes, but everything I found melted or weakened under heat. Quick, grab that sagging pot! Craig Macdonald found one. I do not know what metal, but he sells fire irons made from it.

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