Free Range Themes:
The Stick Fire Cooking Grate
The Free Range Stick-Fire Cooking Grate is a small, light-weight, cooking trivet designed to burn small sticks which, with a few tools and components, you can easily build yourself.
The Free Range ‘Feral’ Stick-Fire Cooking Grate
Cooking outdoors is a fun skill to learn to expand your ecological awareness and personal resilience. Cook well outdoors from fresh or foraged food, and you can cook well anywhere. Problem is, where do you find the 'ecologically sound'/fossil-fuel free kit?
We have to cut our fossil fuel consumption, especially the really inefficient forms of fossil fuels use… such as camping stoves.
Realistically, how do you do that? Where in the entire pantheon of climate change activism does anyone tell you how to stop using fossil fuels while camping?!
The haven’t… until now!
The idea for the Free Range Do-It-Yourself ‘Feral’ Stick-Fire Cooking Grate arose from members of the Free Range Network who regularly camp, and who wanted to use as “primitive” an approach as is practically possible when walking or backpacking long distances. And if we develop this for ourselves, why not write-up the idea so everyone can share!
While for many it might be a ‘big ask’ to jump from cooking on compressed gas to using stick-fires, we hope that engaging with this project will allow you to appreciate the values of “primitivism”, and the issue of ‘land rights’ in the ‘developed’ world, and their contribution to changing our all-too-unsustainably-modern world.
This write-up of our project is divided into three parts:
- D-I-Y Culture – the bigger, lifestyle-change reasons behind the project, hence why the Free Range Network are evolving and promoting it.
- Build It! – instructions on how to build the grate, with plans and a helpful video.
- Use It! – practical advice on using the grate, but more importantly making its use a focus of changing your consciousness about ‘human development’, ‘nature’, the our serious need to renegotiate the relationship between the two.
We'd really appreciate any feedback that you have on this Free Range project.
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In particular, we'd appreciate details of any interesting or novel modifications you make to our basic design – or examples of how this project has helped your own resilience/adapatation and 'permaneering' ventures.
Remember, this project is released under an open license. You are free to re-publish your modifications within the terms of the licence.
If you publish on-line, please send us a link we can add to this page.