Nov 25 2007

Cooking Pit

Published by at 8:09 pm under Foods

The cooking pit is a simple, but effective way of cooking large pieces of meat or vegetables. Compared to cooking directly on the fire, this method requires less attention from the cook as you can be off working on something completely else while dinner is made.

Dig a hole in the ground.


There are essentially two different ways of utilizing such a pit. Either you light a fire in the pit lined with rocks and remove the coals before cooking or you dump preheated rocks in the pit before putting the food on top. In either case, put some hot rocks ontop of the food also. The purpose of the heated rocks is that they slowly release heat, making this function like an oven. Cover it well to keep the heat in. A piece of birch bark and sand on top will work. This time I didn’t bother with that though, since the piece of meat was rather small and cooking then quick.


After a couple of hours, depending on how long you want it to cook, remove the cover and take out the food. Yummy!



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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Cooking Pit”

  1. Marcon 25 Nov 2007 at 8:17 pm


    can’t wait till I get mine done like that!
    nice topic Torjus – thnx
    it’s important to keep in eye the simpleness of joy
    and the pelasure of primitive living



  2. dodgeron 28 Nov 2007 at 4:15 pm

    After removing the coals, will the rocks lining the bottom of the pit stay sufficiently hot/warm to effectively cook? Or, do you re-introduce coals at some point? I’m a little confused.

  3. adminon 28 Nov 2007 at 7:10 pm


    Yes, the pit will stay warm enough. The rocks store plenty of heat. The coals are not reintroduced at any point. The pit is left to tend itself.

  4. dodgeron 28 Nov 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Great! Thanks so much. Fantastic info here.

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