Making a fast bed of coals for cooking.
The success of outdoor cooking depends largely upon how the fire is built and how it is managed.
Often a good bed of coals is wanted. The camp-fire generally supplies these, but sometimes they are needed in a hurry, soon after camp is pitched. To get them, take sound hardwood, either green or dead, and split it into sticks of uniform thickness (say 1 ¼ inch). Lay down two bed sticks, cross these near the ends with tow others, and so on up until you have a pen a foot high.
Start a fire in this pen. Then cover it with a layer of parallel sticks laid an inch apart. Cross this with a similar layer at right angles, and so upward for another foot. The free draft will make a roaring fire, and all will burn down to coals together.
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