The best camping gear for your kitchen needs to be rugged for outdoor cooking but compact enough to fit your personal camping style. This is truly a list of fantastic campfire cooking kit equipment you can’t live without! Yes, it is a bold statement … but, this gear is so awesome, you really will wonder how you ever cooked without these ingenious cooking tools.
My favorite camping tips are all about the food and gear to make it with. Scroll through the entire post or jump to the section that interests you.
If you don’t want to mix and match gear to create your own kit, you can get ready-made sets. Here are some of the best campfire cooking kits on the market today.
1. Stanley Even Heat Camp Pro Cookset
This nested cookset is awesome for backpackers and RVers too! There are 11 pieces that all nest together. The kit includes a stock pot, saucepan, frying pan, vented lids, collapsible cutting board, spatula, spoon and two trivets which are neatly held together with a locking bungee.
The multi-layer bottom provides even heating over campfires, stove tops, and grills. The pots and pans are made with 18/8 stainless steel that won’t rust or break and is dishwasher-safe. The removable and foldaway handle systems are the secret to the space-saving design of this unique set.
Stanley Even Heat Camp Pro Cookset, 11-Piece Camping Cookware Set with Stainless Steel Pots and Pans, Utensils, Lids, and Cooking Accessories, Outdoor Travel Kit for Backpacking, Car Camping, RVing & FishingRemovable Handles On Spatula, Spoon & Trivets, Collapsible Cutting Board & Foldaway Handles On Saucepan & Frying Pan – Entire Set Nests Together To Save Space
If spatulas, spoons, cutting boards and trivets are not enough to add to your pots and pans, Stanley makes another set called the Stanley Base Camp Cook Set that includes 21 nested pieces and also adds BPA-free bowls, plates and sporks for 4 plus a dish drying rack.
2. Coleman Camping Cookware 5-Piece Aluminum Nesting Mess Kit
If weight is a consideration, the best campfire cookware is made with aluminum rather than cast iron. Anytime supplies can be “nested” to reduce the space required for packing and storage, it’s a good thing.
This portable cook set is a mess kit that includes a cup, frying pan, pot with lid and deep-dish plate.
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4. Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill
If you are camping in campgrounds that have grill grates over the camp fire pit, you are golden. If not, you need to fend for yourself. A camp fire grate like this heavy-duty camp grill is a great option.
It has folding legs for stability and pack-ability. On a side note, just for the record … I am not a pyromaniac in spite of what my friends and family members say about me … I just like cooking our food over an open flame!
5. Heavy Duty Adjustable Camping Rotisserie Grill & Spit
One of the cool things about camping is the slower pace, so, it’s the perfect time to do slow-roasting if you like that sort of cooking. This campfire rotisserie grill and spit is a multi-purpose gadget that allows you to do many things at once.
The rotisserie arm is one of the best features because it cooks above the food you have on the campfire cooking grate. You can place food directly on the grate or place it in a pan that you then place on the grate. The side arms can be used for hanging coffee kettles and cooking tools.
Cooking in aluminum foil packets makes clean-up a breeze! Get recipes for making campfire meals in foil.
6. Swivel Grill Open Fire BBQ Adjustable Grill With Stake
The convenience of a swivel grill is a wonderful thing because you can rotate the grill over your open flame then turn it away from the heat for stirring, flipping and serving. The triangular shape attached to the stake keeps it stable in the ground.
You can vertically adjust the height of the cooking surface for optimal heating as well as horizontally swivel it 360 degrees.
7. Camp Chef Dutch Stand
This cook stand gets your campfire ovens off the ground and is large enough to hold one 14″ oven or several smaller ovens.
It’s another piece of open fire cooking equipment that can do double duty too … like keeping your bag of charcoal off the ground so it remains dry in the event of rain or dew.
8. Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Outdoor Campfire Log Grabber
You want your FOOD to cook over the fire … not your hands! These log tweezers are a great addition to your gear box. They keep your hands and arms far enough away from the fire to avoid getting burned.
The “grabbing action” gives you the control you need to adjust your logs and coals for the perfect cooking environment!
9. Battery-Powered Bellows Charcoal Starter
If you can’t ever get your fire going on the first attempt, you may want one of these BBQ Dragon Fire Lighter gadgets! The battery-powered bellows allow you to start a campfire or charcoal briquettes without using lighter fluid and stacks of old newspapers!
This gadget fits in to the category of “right campfire tools” for people who didn’t earn the campfire scout badge as a kid! LOL
If your family likes camping hacks and enjoys doing easy DIY projects … consider making your own dryer lint fire starters! You can make them cute enough to give as inexpensive gifts!
10. Extra Long Suede Grill Gloves
These gloves will protect you from super high temperatures. They are 18-inches long to protect your entire arm up to 475 F degrees.
The thing you want to watch for in a grill glove is the material … it needs to be soft and pliable so you can actually grab and hold your cooking utensils firmly.
11. 16-Inch Stainless Steel Locking Tongs
Every camp cook needs AT LEAST one set of these 16-inch locking tongs.
Not only do they give you comfortable distance from the hot coals to avoid burning your hands, they also grip really well so you don’t have to worry about one of your scrumptious t-bone steaks accidentally falling in the fire!
12. Stainless Steel Wire Grill Brush
Whenever you are cooking your food directly over a campfire, you want to make sure you are using the right wood. Cooking over oak or mesquite will give your food a magnificent flavor.
The other thing you want to do is clean campfire grills with a wire grill brush that allows you to remove old food and grease from the grates.
13. Instant Read Meat Digital Thermometer
Some people can do the “touch test” to accurately determine if their piece of meat is cooked to the desired temperature, others need a little help! Using an instant read meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of the question, “Is it done cooking yet?”
It’s fast, instant and easy to read the digital display!
14. Stainless Steel Deluxe Grill Set
The best camping cookware sets are designed with safety in mind. Carrying cases protect you from sharp items and keeps the gear organized during transportation and storage. This quality camp cookware kit is filled with all the grilling tools you need.
It has a spatula, tongs, basting brush, corn holders, skewers, cleaning brush with replacement head … PLUS … a digital temperature fork that displays actual and desired temperatures. The fork also has an alarm alerting you when food is done and has an integrated LED light for checking food at night!
If you always boil your sweet corn, I encourage you to try grilling it because the char adds a nice texture and flavor to the kernels you just can’t get from boiling. Check out our How To Grill Sweet Corn Over The Campfire (or charcoal grill if you must) post to see how easy it is!
These cook sets are really nice additions to your indoor and outdoor RV kitchen accessories. When you are cooking after the sun goes down, the LED light on this digital fork may not be sufficient for all of the tasks you need to do to complete the meal so make sure you have campsite lights set in strategic locations!
15. Heavy Duty Steel Collapsible Campfire Ring
If you are boondocking in an area without fire rings, you can “build” your own by digging a shallow pit and stacking rocks around the outside to keep flames and sparks within the ring.
Alternatively, you can use a steel ring to have portable campfires that are easy to set up. The structure is hinged and compactly folds to fit in its carrying case for handy transportation and storage!
16. Heavy Duty Fire Pit Collapsing Steel Mesh Fireplace
This lightweight and portable campfire stand holds your firewood in a woven stainless steel mesh net that is suspended above the ground. The legs fold for transportation and storage.
When you are ready to pack up and head for home, just roll the net, collapse the stand and drop it into the carrying bag! This is a great way to cook food using a campfire tripod as well as cooking food on sticks (yes, that is coming up later in this post!)
17. Wood Burning Potable Folding Stainless Steel Camp Stove
Backpackers and car campers who don’t want to carry lots of bulky cook gear but want to be able to cook over an open fire will love this mini folding wood burning campfire stove. It easily snaps together without needing special equipment and when it is dismantled it fits into the carry bag measuring only 10x7x1.5 inches.
It is so convenient to be able to cook a meal using twigs, leaves, pinecones, wood or solidified alcohol!
Griddles, Dutch Ovens & Pans
High temperature resistant cast iron pots are a great choice for cooking over hot fires but lighter weight stackable pots are nice to have too. Take time and enjoy the process of building your camp kitchen collection. You’ll be cooking like a world-class camp chef before you know it!
20. Lodge Campfire Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Combo Cooker
This combo cooker set has a Dutch oven that doubles as a cast iron campfire cooking pot. It also includes a shallow cast iron skillet that doubles as lid.
Personally, I believe the best open fire equipment is made from cast iron but it’s heavy so it’s not a great option for lightweight backpack camping trips.
21. Big Daddy Skillet
Using fry pans in small sizes is almost impossible for oversized portions. The only drawback to this long-handled skillet is that it measures 20.5-inches in diameter and it can take up a large portion of your campfire grill grate.
The size also makes it a bit cumbersome to transport. But, this massive skillet is great for feeding big crowds of hungry campers.
22. Stansport Enamel Tea Kettle
Hanging a kettle from a bail handle on a tripod … or … setting it on a camp fire grill grate is an efficient way to quickly heat up water for tea, coffee, freeze dried/dehydrated meals and cooking.
Find out how to make coffee when camping by using different methods. Make a shot of espresso, latte with foam or a plain cup of coffee that is strong and black or loaded with lots of cream and sugar. A coffee percolator is not your only option for brewing coffee to fill your morning mugs!
Dutch Oven Accessories
The right accompaniments improve ease of use because they make clean-up, transportation and storage easier. They also help your gadgets last a very long time.
23. Disposable Liners
If you want next-to-no clean-up, disposable liners are awesome. They’re great for making highly liquid foods, like soups and stews, they are also perfect for making desserts that are baked and lifted out for cooling, like cakes and pies.
Liners come in different sizes so make sure it will fit. It’s really hard to put a 12-inch liner in a 10-inch oven! LOL
24. Dutch Oven Tote Bag
Transporting the best camping Dutch oven is easy when you use a tote bag! This bag has a padded bottom, heavy duty zipper and sturdy straps.
They are AWESOME! Make sure you get the right size to fit your oven, they come to fit 8, 10, 12 and 14-inch oven sizes.
25. Camp Chef Griddle Bag
A carry bag will protect your griddle from dirt, dust and moisture during transportation and storage.
This one has a zipper and weather-resistant liner. It comes in various sizes too.
26. Tall Boy Tripod
You can’t always find the right place to set up a short tripod over a large fire ring. This is the best gadget for large pits because the legs are long enough to straddle them.
This design has 60-inch legs with a 36-inch chain.
Cooking with a tripod takes a little getting used to because the oven will swing and sway in windy conditions and when you stir your food. The benefit to using it is the ability to raise and lower the oven by adjusting the length of the chain to increase or decrease the heat for cooking.
27. Camp Chef 22-Inch Lid Lifter
This lid lifter is NOT the most compact piece of equipment but its ease of use and functionality overcomes that drawback. The design of the handle allows for easy grip and complete control when moving pot lids and ovens.
Personally, I prefer lid lifters over pot holders for handling hot cookware.
28. 4-in-1 Cast Iron Folding Finish Camp Dutch Oven Lid Stand
Once you remove the cover during cooking, you need somewhere to put it. If you just set the lid on the ground it may pick up dirt that will fall into the food when you replace it to continue cooking.
Setting the top on a stand is a great option to keep it clean and avoid setting the hot cast iron on a surface that may not be able to withstand the heat.
29. Cast Iron 8 Inch Trivet
There is absolutely no reason to scorch food when cooking in a camp oven. You just need to get the food off the bottom of the pan so there’s no direct contact.
This gadget will become your best friend when cooking pies in pie plates and large pieces of meat, like roasts, that are not in a simmering sauce. Just set the trivet in the bottom of your oven and place the food on top of it.
Lodge is the most well-known company for quality cookware sets. They make every type of camp cooking gadget imaginable! Some camp cooks will use any brand of gear while others are loyal to Lodge Dutch oven accessories so we have a “Lodge-only” post for you!
31. Portable Outdoor Utensil Kitchen Set-9 Piece Cookware Kit
This outdoor cookware kit has stainless steel cutlery that is stored neatly in a portable organizer bag.
It includes a spatula, serving spoon, serving fork, 2 knives (a chef knife with sheath and paring knife and peeler combo) scissors with bottle opener, tongs and cutting board. The utensils are dishwasher-safe too.
We have an entire post dedicated to the coolest Dutch oven accessories you need to see!
Camp Fire Cooking Equipment On Sticks
Let’s be honest, playing with your food while cooking on sticks is half the fun of camping!
32. Coghlan’s Non-Stick Popcorn Popper
Popping corn around a fire is fun and yummy! You can use this gadget to roast nuts or pop popcorn over an outdoor fire or indoor fireplace.
The lid easily slides open to pour out your treat. The really nice thing about this design is the way the handle breaks down to be stored inside the popper.
34. Telescoping Marshmallow Roasting Sticks
Some camp fire tools are for safety, others for fun … these are both!
These telescoping marshmallow sticks allow you to stay further away from the heat of the fire compared to shorter sticks.
When we’re making s’mores, I like to put a variety of ingredients on a table near the firepit so everyone can get creative and build their own sweet treat. If you need a little inspiration, check out our smores camping variations … and, if you try my favorite s’more #2 … let me know what you think!
35. Chuckwagon Waffle Iron
This cast iron waffle iron allows you to enjoy freshly cooked, slightly crispy, hot waffles at your campsite without needing electricity to operate the standard household appliance.
Just pour your batter in this iron and cook over the hot coals of your fire.
36. Pie Iron Storage Bag
Whether you are car camping or have a big “basement” in a Class A motorhome, it can be a challenge to store your pie irons. This storage bag has handles … it makes them easy to carry!
Now, let’s go make some pies! I’m thinking apple with a little cinnamon and sugar glaze sounds perfect right now! YUM!
37. Round Pie Iron With Wood Handles
Don’t we all remember making little pie round iron pizzas? Nothing can replace that shape for making camp memories and toasted bread pizzas.
Let’s keep up the tradition with this little wood handle beauty.
38. Pie Iron Kickstand
Tired of holding your irons in the air while they cool down after you cook with them? Guess what … You don’t have to do that anymore!!! This kickstand holds two hot irons safely while they cool and you enjoy your culinary creation!
When you’re done, just fold it for storage till your next cooking experience!
39. Square Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker
If you prefer square toasted cheese sandwiches, this square iron is for you! Use an entire slice of bread without having to cut off the crust. How about that: wood fire cooking equipment that gives you curly hair! Or is that an old wives tale?
We use these when we make our Texas-style, thick and fluffy Pie Iron French Toast.
40. Heart Shaped Pie Iron – Love
Round and square irons are really common but this fun little heart shaped iron will take your pie iron cooking to a whole new level!
Kids love these fun shaped pies and they’re also great to use for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthday and anniversary celebration camping trips!
42. Deluxe Grill Broiler Basket
Baskets are a great way to broil delicate fish and chopped veggies over an open flame. This basket has 9×13 inches of cooking space. You just put the food inside the basket, hold it over the fire and flip to cook the other side.
It closes securely so you don’t have food falling into the fire. In addition to grilling meats and vegetables, you can also use this basket to toast English muffins and bread for breakfast!
43. Campfire Toaster
This particular gadget has one main purpose: toasting bread! The unique feature of this toaster is that it has 3 specific depth adjustments for different types of bread:
- Texas toast,
- sliced artisan loaves and
- regular sandwich bread!
Cowboy Campfire Cooking Equipment
Culinary cowboys are some of the best outdoor cooks on the planet! Typically they consider wrought iron to be the right equipment for the job.
Cowboy Cooking Stands
Traditionally cowboys would carry their gear in a chuckwagon which was a horse-drawn wagon modified with a box for holding their cowboy cooking equipment, open fire cooking stands and essentials like flour, sugar, beans and coffee. Today’s camp cooks can create their own version of a cowboy kitchen.
44. Bruntmor Grill Swing Campfire Cooking Stand BBQ Grill
The grill swing is a portable campfire cook stand that’s easy to set up. You just take it out of its carrying case and fold out the collapsible legs (they operate like a tripod but there are just two legs on each side that create an A-style tripod structure.)
The horizontal pole is what everything hangs from including the grill swing that supports a camp oven and different length hooks. The sturdy steel adjustable cooking grate measures 11×16 inches and has a 1/2 inch lip around the edges.
This durable portable cook set is designed for wood and charcoal grilling and constructed with high-temperature resistance materials. When you’re done, just fold it and place it back in its convenient bag. When in use and stored, this set doesn’t take up much room.
45. Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Portable Kitchen
This portable camp kitchen has table space for food prepping, cooking and a removable sink. The horizontal surface areas are perfect for holding camp stoves and coolers.
The convenient utensil hooks, paper-towel holder, and mesh shelves provide additional storage areas. When you’re done, it folds into a compact case for easy transportation and storage.
If you want to continue with your cowboy campfire cooking experience … make sure you brew a nice strong large pot of coffee! Check out our What Is Cowboy Coffee And How To Make It post to see how the real cowboys make their morning cup of joe and why you should NOT make it that way! Then try our Improved Method To Make Cowboy Coffee!
Cast Iron Cookware Clean Up Equipment
You’ve heard it before, never use soap when cleaning your cast iron. Just use water, elbow grease and oil blends that are specifically made for cast iron camping cookware.
46. Chainmail Stainless Steel Cast Iron Cleaner
We all know we should never use soap to clean our cast iron equipment, so, when you have food stuck in your cast iron cookware, just add some warm water and scrub until it releases.
This chainmail cast iron cleaner comes with a hook for hanging … and … an added bonus is that it’s dishwasher safe too!
47. Pan Scrapers
These scrapers are sooooooo popular for cleaning cast iron cookware! There is no way I would go as far as saying these things make clean-up fun but they do make it a lot easier!
There are 4 different shaped corners for cleaning any shaped pan. You are going to LOVE these!
48. Camp Chef Cast Iron Cleaner
Keeping your cast iron in top shape is a good idea and super important for maximum life.
This cleaner is a blend of all-natural oils and cleaning agents which break down sugars and other food particles. It is safe for all seasoned and enamel pieces.
You have heard me say it before … if you take care of your cast iron campfire cooking tools … they will last for generations! Get our cast iron dutch oven care tips to maintain your campfire utensils and cooking equipment like a pro!
Camping Recipes For Cooking Over Fires & More!
Now it’s time to get your new gear working for you.