The Only Gear You Need to Get Started-Panergy

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The Only Gear You Need to Get Started-Panergy

If you’re new to camping, this list of campfire cooking equipment will get you started on the right path!

After years of camping and many camp meals cooked over the campfire, I’ve narrowed down this list to include only the things that you actually need.

campfire cooking essentials

I don’t want to overwhelm you with a bunch of unnecessary gear.

This post is specifically about campfire cooking.

That means you’re going to cook on an open flame. This is a lot of fun and you can make some really delicious meals cooking in this way!

To get you started, I’ll also share some of my top recipes at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what we’re going to cover:

  • Gear and Tools Needed to Start Your Campfire

  • Basic Campfire Cooking Gear

  • Other Cooking Gear (for when you’re ready to level up!)

  • Camping Recipes for Cooking Over the Fire

Let’s dive into the gear list!

Gear And Tools For Starting A Fire

Since you’re going to cook over a fire, you want to make sure you have the right tools and supplies for starting and maintaining your campfire.

firewood for camping

1) Firewood

Depending on what you’re cooking, you might need to maintain a fire for a couple of hours. Make sure you have enough wood for that.

Softwoods like pine burn much faster than hardwoods like oak, maple, and walnut.

Most bundles of firewood from the grocery store or gas station are pine.

This is totally fine, it just means that you’re going to burn through that wood much faster and therefore might need more of it.

lighter for starting a campfire

2) Lighter

Of course, you’re going to need a way to start the fire, so don’t forget to pack a lighter.

diy fire starters

3) Tinder or Fire Starters

You’ll need tinder, newspaper, or fire starters to get the fire started easily.

If you love DIYs like me, give these homemade fire starters a try!

Hatchet for splitting firewood

4) Hatchet

Lastly, we have a hatchet. A hatchet is great for splitting firewood into smaller pieces.

grilling veggie kabobs over the campfire

Summer essential equipment:

Camping fan recommendation:



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