Cooking with a Cookie Tin

Tiger
Guider/Scouter/Trainer
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada


Cookie Tin

Each girl receives a cookie tin (shortbread at Christmas time?) with a lid. Using a juice punch, holes are punched around the bottom rim - about 8-10 holes will do. A paper bag with about a dozen charcoal briquets are stored inside the tin, and a small round cake rack (Dollar store, again!) is placed on top and the lid put back on. The lid can be taped down and this portable barbeque can be transported in the guide's backpack.

Milk Carton

Another idea is to use a 1 or 2 litre milk carton. Wash it out and close the spout (stapling works well). Cut one side open along three edges so you are left with a hinge-type flap. Cover the inside with foil and place a dozen briquets inside, cover with foil again and seal the flap with tape. When out on the hike, simply bring out your portable barbeque, light the briquets and away you go!

Tip:

I have concerns using "Scout water" or "White Lightning" to douse the briquets to get them to light. I prefer to use kindling and firestarter materials - I start a small fire in the container I am using and gradually add the briquets until they are all lit.

Another tip - Fire Starter Kit:

I encourage all 3rd year Guides and Pathfinders to get themselves a Fire Starter Kit. We use a small plastic bucket with a tight fitting lid. These buckets can be found at Dollar Stores which you buy sidewalk chalk in, or small buckets of jam you purchase at warehouse stores such as Price Club, or small buckets which contained laundry soap. The girls collect twigs, dried moss, candle stubs, wood scraps, dryer lint, dryer fabric sheets (used), shredded paper, homemade fire starters and a box of strike-anywhere matches. The girls can waterproof their own matches by double dipping the ends in wax, or taking a strip of corrugated cardboard, inserting the match sticks into the holes, dipping in wax and rolling the cardboard strip up and secure. This way, the girls will always have fire starter materials at hand and it eliminates the use of all the paper that people are apt to use. This fire bucket can be gaily decorated so it is easily recognizable and the girls are encouraged to re-fill this bucket every chance they get. I also save left over bits of raffia and rope and wood trimmings from the craft room and I collect dried pine needles and pine cones dipped in wax for a quick start. The bucket can be hung on the outside of the packsack because with a tight fitting lid, it should also be waterproof.



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