Once you have a firepit one of the best things you can do is cook on it.
What is more enjoyable than relaxing in front of a fire when your food or supper is gently sizzling, broiling, or inside a dutch oven cooking over the flames or embers.
Using a firepot tripod gives you the control of
- what you can cook over you firepot
- control of the temperature by raising and lowering the food closer to the heat source
- you can hang a grill plate
- you can hang a dutch oven
Here we are going to take you through the key things to consider when choosing a tripod for cooking on a backyard fire pit.
Firepit tripods are available from many places online. You can find them at home improvement stores, garden centers, and even some hardware stores.
If you’re looking into buying one yourself make sure you get one that will fit in well with your firepit design.
A cheap tripod might look good but it may not be able to hold up over time and use. Fire pit tripods are great because they allow you to cook without having to move your food.
They are also great for keeping your food warm after it has been cooked. You can use them to keep your food safe from bugs and animals. They are also great for reheating your food hot after it has been cooked.
What are the key features that make a fire pit tripod strong and long-lasting?
Most of us will buy a fire pit tripod online or your local hardware shop – but what are the key things you should look at before you buy one.
How Strong is the joint at the top of the tripod where the legs come together?
Is the top joint easy to assemble, and importantly dissemble.
The joints must be tight enough so that there is no play between the legs when the tripod is being used but loose enough to allow the tripod to easily slide apart when you want to pack it up.
Check the thickness and strength of the tripod legs
Are they enamel, cast iron, or stainless steel?
Depending on your use case you may never wish to move it – for this get heavy legs that will last outside in all weather. For this, I select a strong cast iron one.
Determine how much weight the tripod can handle?
Also, check how much weight the tripod can support. Can it support both a grill plate and a heavy cast iron pot at the same time?
Look at the spread of the feet, well spread feet mean it will not topple over. What is the height overall and what is the spread of the legs because both these factors will determine how stable it is?
For example, this homemade wooden fire pit tripod is not a long-term solution.
How Easy Is the firepit tripod to clean?
Also when choosing a tripod for your firepit we usually ignore how easy is it to clean and store.
If it is not a permanent fixture is it easy to take down. Does it come with a bag to store it in when it is not being used?
Does the fire pit tripod have an adjustable height hanging grill
What is the thickness of the chain and overall weight rating chain? Is it the rating matched with the tripod legs?
How low can the adjustable chain go? This is important because it is used to control the amount of heat getting to your food. Raising and lowering the food, grill plate, or pan from the hottest part of the flame to a cooler position will allow you to cook better dishes on your fire pit tripod.
How High Off the flame or embers Should the Dutch Oven hang?
This depends on your cooking style. For example, if you like grilling then you would probably want the oven as close to the flames as possible.
But if you prefer baking then you may want to leave it further away.
It is best to test out the distance by putting a small piece of meat or bread in the oven. Make sure the oven does not touch the fire pit tripod.
What Size Fire Pit Tripod Do You Need for cooking outside?
You’ve probably heard people say “the bigger the better” when talking about fire pits. However, there are certain factors to consider before buying a big fire pit tripod.
If you want to cook outdoors, then you should invest in a large fire pit tripod. A larger tripod allows you to cook longer without having to move your food around too much. It also makes it easier to keep an eye on your food while it cooks.
However, if you only plan to use your fire pit for occasional barbecues, then you might not need a tripod at all. In that case, you can get away with using a smaller tripod.
What is an Alternative to a Firepit Tripod
If you wish to cook on a more sturdy option than a tripod then a Firepot swing which has 4 legs rather than the 3 is a good alternative.
The extra leg adds extra stability. Plus because of the way they are built they are easier to set up.
I like also having the horizontal rod spanning right across the fire. From the long rod, this lets you put multiple chains with pots or a dutch oven. Or even a cowboy tin across the flames at the same time.